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All One Breath [Paperback]

John Burnside
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6 Feb 2014

In this absorbing, brilliant new collection - his first since Black Cat Bone - John Burnside examines our shared experience of this mortal world: how we are 'all one breath' and - with that breath - how we must strive towards the harmony of choir. Recognising that our attitudes to other creatures - human and non-human - cause too much damage and hurt, that 'we've been going at this for years: / a steady delete / of anything that tells us what we are', these poems celebrate the fleeting, charged moments where, through measured and gracious encounters with other lives, we find our true selves, and bring some brief, insubstantial goodness and beauty into being.

He presents the world in a series of still lifes, in tableaux vivants and tableaux morts, in laboratory tests, anatomy lessons, in a Spiegelkabinett where the reflections in the mirrors, distorted as they seem, reveal buried truths. All the images are in some sense self-portraits: all are, in some way, elegies.

One of the finest and most celebrated lyric poets at work today, John Burnside is a master of the moment - when the frames of our film seem to slow and stop and a life slips through the gap in between - and each poem here is a perfect, uncanny hymn to humanity, set down 'to tell the lives of others'.

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Jonathan Cape (6 Feb 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0224097407
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224097406
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 77,655 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"One of the most charged collections I have read in a long time. [Burnside's] writing is earthed and ethereal - there is a rare equilibrium to it... Breathtaking." (Kate Kellaway Observer)

"John Burnside is a genius... He is constantly live to alternative possibilities and versions of himself, as close yet unreachable as his own shadow. His responses to the world are so raw, it's as if he's missing a skin - or perhaps the rest of us have grown hides to make life manageable." (Maggie Fergusson Intelligent Life)

"It is a rare thing for a poet to step out of the pack and move beyond mere critical appreciation into something like the mainstream; but a new John Burnside will now fly out of the shops with unbard-like haste." (Belfast Telegraph)

"Rare and memorable beauty... For all the melancholy of this collection, Burnside is not a nihilist; the glory of these poems shows us that." (Sarah Crown Guardian)

"Too often poets are portrayed as meek and mild, emollients in an age scarred by abrasiveness. John Burnside, it is a pleasure to report, is not of that genus... There is a terrible beauty to Burnside's anger." (Alan Taylor Herald)

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The new collection from the author of Black Cat Bone, which won both the Forward and the T.S. Eliot Prize

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5.0 out of 5 stars All One Breath 16 Jun 2014
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Reflection; All One Breath begins with the idea of reflection and of looking at the self and the world. Whether that is the "baby-faced pariah" in "Hall of Mirrors, 1964" or the "patient look-alike" in "Self Portrait" Burnside is able to conjure the sense of memory and regret; perhaps looking out at a life of missed chances "of summers long ago" - an idea of loss which is encapsulated in the poem "My Grandmother's House" and the removal of a mirror from a wall - not just the loss of a loved one but the seeming loss of self as if the narrator themselves are lost in a place from which "nothing he could track could bring him home" and the idea of "long familiar things made strange" in "Power cut with Cheval mirror". The motif of mirrors is repeated throughout these poems as though they offer a way to see beyond that which we are; an inner eye to the soul, to memory, to love. In "The Wake" the mirrors take on a more sinister role as if the mirrors were able to trap souls or prevent passing "kept her from the afterlife" and it is tinged with the fear that we all have when looking in mirrors - that we may see something we don't want too "afraid I might catch her hurrying back". In "a rival" the idea of seeing things that you don't want to see in a mirror moves from the supernatural to the personal and the poems talks about how relationships can grow asunder and become unfulfilling. The mirror in this case acts as a voyeur, suggesting to the narrator a different life, a different love and they admit "given the choice, I'd rather her than you" again the mirror becomes a reflection for life and what it holds and what it could hold. Read more ›
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