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RRP: GBP 9.95
ISBN: 978 1 847776 39 6
Categories: 21st Century, American, British, Women
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: October 2012
68 pages (print version)
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Also available in: Paperback, eBook (Kindle)
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Blue fjordsfrom ‘Dommaring’
recede; salmon swim among stalks
of rye. Bronze bells, or their echoes, break on rocks
once lapped by the sea. Did you see them, the quartzcarved
rocks glistening with summer springs?
The old violence, the old songs:
from prows and cliffs, men sound their lurhorns.
Julith Jedamus writes with an intensity that is at once passionate and precise. The poems in The Swerve create unforgettable landscapes: the whorls and spires of juniper in falling snow, Dutch skies of iridescent grey and lilac, the fire-scorched mountains of the American West. They are peopled by dancers and prisoners, sacrificial children and murderous wives; they reshape the imagination. We see the Netherlands in Van Gogh’s colours as he walks and works, breathing the twilight, and the Thames in Whistler’s; Lorca and Euripides are living presences. The timeless dramas of sacrifice and mourning, rescue and betrayal are re-enacted, meanings dissolved and remade. Long-vanished children walk home through the dark, ‘ghosting a path of sparks’.
Like the scull she rows on the Thames, Julith Jedamus’s poems skim ‘the fine line / between flying and drowning’, ‘unstable as air’, dangerous, alive.
The White Cliff
The White Horse
Rievaulx I and II
The Lucombe Oak
E.T. in the Isère
Henry Moore’s Mother
Whistler at Midnight
On the Fast Train from Cambridge to London, Second Class, No A/C, Nine Tunnels
Stowing a Single in Furnivall Boathouse on the Chiswick Mall
The Drowning of Drenthe
Van Gogh in Drenthe
Love-Sonnet to a Rock in Bohuslän
What This Juniper Says About His Mind
The Melvina Fire
Barn Burning, Fall River, Wisconsin, July 1966
Lost Letter to Crane
The Red Tide
Two Ghazals for Aziz, Who Spent Eighteen Years in Darkness in Tazmamart Prison
Romance de la Luna
La Monja Gitana
Snow Is Not Celibate
Myth and Muse
A Second Moon
The Best Time to Talk About Neutrinos
Merce Cunningham at Craneway, Last Rehearsals, November 2008
On the Day He Suffered Most, Sycamores
A Glass of Water
In Memory of the Photographer Wilson ‘Snowflake’ Bentley, Who Died of Pneumonia after Walking through a Blizzard Near Jericho, Vermont, December 23, 1931
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