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A Lens in the Palm
Categories: 21st Century, American, First Collections
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Paperback (96 pages)
(Pub. Jan 2008)
Tonight, the moon is a voice
disguising a language
you once found familiar
and your hands have that strange
look words sometimes get
when looked at too long.
from 'The shed'
A Lens in the Palm speaks from a world of fragmented philosophies and troubled meditations. Haunted by the ghosts of Keats and Spinoza, of Rodin and Turner, the voices that echo through these poems lead us into a place that is at once familiar and dazzlingly strange. Poems materialise from a palimpsest of twenty-first-century cities 'Paris and New Orleans, Oxford, Milan' where declarations of faith and disbelief clash and blur. Here, the stars 'think themselves into existence', the bones of Giotto jangle, and the 'hairs on a dandelion fizz'.
Cover image Shosan, Monkey reaching for the moon, Japanese woodcut c. 1910. Cover design www.StephenRaw.com.
Praise for Kelly Grovier 'The 'poetry is precise and well crafted' with 'delicate touches and nuances' that 'reveal a delight in the poetic treatment of sensory expression and cast Grovier as a poet acutely attuned to the intricacies and balances of light'.'
The New Welsh Review 'Wonderful precision, technical ambition, and the ability to surprise the reader'
Poetry London 'This is a poet of both truth and beauty'
Times Literary Supplement '...Grovier's poetry at its best is formidable: the marriage of music and mind.'
Alison Brackenbury, Poetry Wales
'Grovier's poems are often amusing and childlike... The narrators may fret, but Grovier's craft stills poem and reader inside a "slip-knot of stars"'.
New Welsh Review
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