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Coming Forth by Day

Gabriel Levin

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ISBN: 978 1 847772 68 8
Categories: 21st Century, Jewish
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: June 2014
216 x 134 x 5 mm
96 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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  •                                                      imagine plying
                          the loose strokes
    of a reed pen, ink and wash,
                                                         tone and tints
                          to the grain and texture
    of the patter around you, as the draughtsman’s tools
                                                         model the figure
                from the blank page

    from ‘Coming Forth By Day’

    Gabriel Levin’s new collection breaks new ground in its formal experimentation as well as in its exploration of remote corners of the Mediterranean. The long title poem is written from the multiple perspectives of the personages in Courbet’s large painting The Artist’s Studio. Courbet’s realism blends with ancient eastern mythologies, including the Egyptian Book of the Dead, which gives the collection its title. In another long poem, ‘Balthazar’s Field’, the poet walks the length and breadth of Patmos, seeking out the hidden and the heterogeneous: the cave of St John, a Greek priestess’s inscription carved on a stone, ‘the rock rose / nestled in its alms of soil’. The book concludes with an extended meditation on modern music (‘cored marvels of pitch’) written in homage to the composer Alexander Goehr.
    Across the Narrows
    Moonrise over Pythagorio
    Kore
    Quercus
    Tender
    Lines Written on the Trail to Manolates

    Balthazar's Field

    Unveiled in Jerusalem

    My Worn Pamphlets Closed Again on the Name Paphos
    Periplus 
    Numenius ON THE GOOD
    Gargoyle
    Berber Salonu
    After Mallarmé

    Coming Forth by Day

    The Orphic Egg

    Notes
    Gabriel Levin was born in France and grew up in the United States and Israel. Errant is his sixth collection of poetry. He has translated from the Hebrew, Arabic, and French and has published a collection of essays, The Dune’s Twisted Edge: Travels in the Levant . He lives in Jerusalem. ... read more
    Praise for Gabriel Levin  'This is an exquisite book. It is not often that one journeys through poetic lands with such breathless anticipation as I have done through The Maltese Dreambook...like all good poetry, his verses are multi-layered and demanding...Coleridge believed that language is the vehicle through which divinity passes into humanity and that poets are the true guardians of it. In Levin one could not wish for a more passionate and imaginative guardian.'

    Sonja Besford, Ambit

    'The poems are richly layered, musical explorations of the act of translation, from experience into art, and from the ancient world into the present...Given the realized ambition, technical achievement and stunning visual quality of this collection, Levin, for the foreseeable future at least, seems similarly set to stay.'

    Sinead Morrisey, PN Review March-April, 2000

      'Meanwhile, in Jerusalem, the poet Gabriel Levin has written another erudite, modernist and intellectually stimulating volume, Errant.'

    Peter Lawson, The Jewish Chronicle

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