'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
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.
About the Author
Oli Hazzard was born in Bristol in 1986. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in magazines and anthologies including The Forward Book of Poetry 2010, The Best British Poetry 2011 and The Salt Book of Younger Poets. He studied English at University College London and is currently a graduate student at Bristol University.