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The Swerve

Julith Jedamus

The Swerve
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ISBN: 978 1 847776 40 2
Categories: 21st Century, American, British, Women
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: October 2012
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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  • Blue fjords
    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.
    from ‘Dommaring’
    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
    Belle Tout
    The White Horse 
    Rievaulx I and II 
    The Lucombe Oak 
    E.T. in the Isère 
    The Cull 
    Henry Moore’s Mother 
    Whistler at Midnight 
    On the Fast Train from Cambridge to London, Second Class, No A/C, Nine Tunnels 
    Fine Boat 
    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 
    Osage Orange 
    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 
    Romance Sonámbulo 
    La Monja Gitana 
    Admetus, Alcestis 
    Carpe Diem 
    In Troezen 
    The Swerve 
    Snow Is Not Celibate 
    Fixed Form 
    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 

    Poet, novelist, editor and translator, Julith Jedamus was born in Boulder, Colorado and has lived in London for the past 19 years. Her first book of poetry, The Swerve, was short-listed for the Michael Murphy Prize and the Seamus Heaney Centre prize for best first collection. ... read more
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