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Coming Forth by Day
RRP: GBP 9.95
Available from: Buy now from Amazon
ISBN: 978 1 847775 55 9
Categories: 21st Century, Jewish
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: January 2014
96 pages (print version)
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Also available in: Paperback, eBook (EPUB)
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
Lines Written on the Trail to Manolates
Unveiled in Jerusalem
‘My Worn Pamphlets Closed Again on the Name Paphos’
Numenius ON THE GOOD
Coming Forth by Day
The Orphic Egg
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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