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Arguing with Malarchy

Carola Luther

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RRP: GBP 9.95
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ISBN: 978 1 847778 88 8
Categories: 21st Century, Gay and Lesbian, Women
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: July 2011
80 pages (print version)
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Also available in: eBook (EPUB), Paperback
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  • And all the while the old-fashioned business
    of ordinary fury and the stubbornness of love
    could be said to be moving
    through our conversations,
    as if these were our labouring fingers
    drawing imaginary thread through the unnamed
    and invisible fabrics of the sky...

    from ‘Making Peace’
    Arguing with Malarchy is full of voices. Tender, sinister, sad or cantankerous, they compel us to attend to their realities, the glimpsed depths of their stories, the distances they have travelled. Carola Luther’s poems are alert to the ways a life can be briefly snared in the turn of a phrase – or in the moment when language fails. She explores silences, absences, the unspoken communication between animals and human beings, the living and the dead, and the boundaries between what is remembered, forgotten or invented.

    In the book’s first part, a chronicle of mourning creates ‘the bare threads of tunes’ out of what is lost, and begins a new story. In the second part, Luther’s characters live in their language; ‘Keep talking,’ the old man tells Malarchy. We travel through elemental landscapes of sea and sky, shadows and wide savannahs that exist beyond language and sustain when words are silenced.

    Cover photograph Copyright © Sheila Tilmouth
    Carola Luther was born in 1959. She grew up in South Africa and moved to England in 1981. She works in Leeds and lives in the Yorkshire Pennines. Her first Carcanet collection Walking the Animals was nominated for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection in 2004. ... read more
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