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Arguing with Malarchy

Carola Luther

Arguing With Malarchy
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Categories: 21st Century, LGBTQ+, Women
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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(Pub. Jul 2011)
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  • And all the while the old-fashioned business
    of ordinary fury and the stubbornness of love
    could be said to be moving
    through our conversations,
    as if these were our labouring fingers
    drawing imaginary thread through the unnamed
    and invisible fabrics of the sky...

                           from ‘Making Peace’

    Arguing with Malarchy is full of voices. Tender, sinister, sad or cantankerous, they compel us to attend to their realities, the glimpsed depths of their stories, the distances they have travelled. Carola Luther’s poems are alert to the ways a life can be briefly snared in the turn of a phrase – or in the moment when language fails. She explores silences, absences, the unspoken communication between animals and human beings, the living and the dead, and the boundaries between what is remembered, forgotten or invented.

    In the book’s first part, a chronicle of mourning creates ‘the bare threads of tunes’ out of what is lost, and begins a new story. In the second part, Luther’s characters live in their language; ‘Keep talking,’ the old man tells Malarchy. We travel through elemental landscapes of sea and sky, shadows and wide savannahs that exist beyond language and sustain when words are silenced.

    Cover photograph Copyright © Sheila Tilmouth


    Carola Luther ’s first two collections, Walking the Animals (2004) and Arguing with Malarchy (2011) were published by Carcanet Press. Walking the Animals was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for First Collection. Herd, a pamphlet of poems, was published by The Wordsworth Trust where Carola was Poet in Residence in ... read more
    Praise for Carola Luther 'Using rhyme, half-rhyme, the possibility of rhyme she creates a poetic rhythm which is extraordinary - as natural as a heartbeat and, in terms of pace, these are poems that take their time. There's no need to rush, no pressure and, as you read them you feel you're in strong and capable hands.'

    Hilary Hares, The High Window

    'Luther's powers of description make this book a joy to read, with evocative and fresh images... These exquisite images are however grounded in reality: even when the agony of loss lessens and colour returns.'

    Mary Mulholland, The Alchemy Spoon

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