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New and Selected Poems
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ISBN: 978 1 784108 22 9
Categories: 21st Century, American
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: February 2020
216 x 135 x 14 mm
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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Gathered from over thirty years of work, the poems in this generous selection strike a dynamic balance of honesty, emotion, intellectual depth and otherworldly resonance - in Gizzi's work, poetry itself becomes a primary ground of human experience. Haunted, vibrant and saturated with luminous detail, Gizzi enlists the American vernacular in a magical and complex music. Sky Burial is an immensely valuable introduction to his work.
'It's a finely nuanced piece of verbal craftsmanship, a not-quite-symmetrical set of stanzas that teases and pleases the eye on the page as much as the listening ear.'
Carol Rumens, from The Guardian where 'Song' was Poem of the Week on 11th February
The marvelous concept of 'hopescape' is one of the many gifts of Peter Gizzi's Sky Burial, where life is a constant calling to art. Gizzi's songs float free of judgmentalism, in an unflinching appreciation of being. They seek, and they love. Gizzi uncouples poetic vision from the visual, provoking us ever further, into the luminous dark.
Gizzi can move from the ghostly flickering edge of perceptibility to focused intensity at disorienting, Dickinsonian speed. His poetry is an example of how a poet's total tonal attention can disclose new orders of sensation and meaning. His beautiful lines are full of deft archival allusion; Gizzi is gathering from the air a live tradition.
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