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Between Two Windows [Kindle Edition]

Oli Hazzard
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'Hazzard's gift lies in making the unusual seem aphoristic, turning words on their heads to shock an unsuspecting reader.' - The Economist

'Oli Hazzard's dazzling debut, Between Two Windows, takes its title from a found poem inspired by the web, 'The Inability to Recall the Precise Word for Something'. However, his ability to do precisely that shines through whatever his ludic or lyric medium: palindromes, puns or pantoums (look it up along with interfenestration). --Mark Sanderson, Sunday Telegraph 28 October 2012

'Haunting, hilarious, exquisitely inventive, Between Two Windows is a brilliant first collection by one of the brightest young stars in the poetic firmament.' --Mark Ford

'He brilliantly conveys the experience of experiencing; although his observations are hyper-real, he seems always to be questioning - and to be making us question - whether they are sufficiently "like"... His work perfectly exemplifies Touchstone's saying that the truest poetry is the most feigning.' --Jane Griffiths

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In Between Two Windows, his first book of poems, Oli Hazzard takes language out to stretch and flex and bend itself into new shapes. Into the formal straits of sestinas, sonnets and pantoums stray palindromes, mirrored poems, anagrams, allusions and curiosities. His lyrics and satires dance in the spaces that open up between intention and expression, the moment when the horse attempts to throw its rider.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 213 KB
  • Print Length: 62 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1847771394
  • Publisher: Carcanet Poetry (1 Sep 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ADO7268
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #659,657 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars An absolutely stunning first collection 7 Feb 2013
By J. Wood
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I am a bit of a poetry fanatic. I get through a number of collections every week.
I can honestly say, though, that after just a couple of readings, Hazzard's first collection will remain one of my favourites for a very long time.
"Between Two Windows" is dazzingly inventive (superbly so - Hazzard's use (and subversion, in some cases) of established forms is incredibly impressive), moving and, a lot of the time, very, very funny.

The only other point I can coherently make without just falling into noises and enthusiastic gesticulation about it is that "Between Two Windows" really did remind me why I love language so much; Hazzard is a master craftsman with language and syntax.

For a suitably pretentious ending, Eliot wrote that poetry 'should communicate before it is understood' and, boy, there are many things that I haven't quite understood in "Between Two Windows" yet, but I know that I have rad something fantastic and have been smiling about the collection since.

Buy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 7 Nov 2013
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Very interesting poetry and well written. A true up and coming star in the poetry world. This book has won high acclaim and it clearly deserves it. (Afonks.)
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