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In Laban's Field: Selected Poems
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ISBN: 978 1 857540 38 3
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: October 1997
215 x 135 x 10 mm
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Norm's wry, expansive poems tell stories, and his characters, ancient and modern - prophets, emperors and cabbies -address the old, unanswered questions with their lives, their failures and losses, their unanticipated moments of love. He shares the stoic pessimism of Tiberius, reflecting on the accident of his rule, and Marcus Aurelius, contemplating his impending death. This pessimism is remote from the easy cynicism of our age, yet Sibum is among the most modern of poets. He defines the present world by what it lacks, or by the small things of the past it retains, despite itself. His classicism is always without nostalgia, and he doesn't long for the desert when his Old Testament figures speak. There is always 'unfinished business' for the poems to explore.
Praise for Norm Sibum 'A world is glimpsed from the corner of his eye, a multiplicity of voices is briefly overheard. From these Sibum has made a rough, durable fabric; he is a Browning for our times while at the same time having developed a voice that is completely his own.'
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