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Eye Baby [Paperback]

Lawrence Sail
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Book Description

10 Mar 2006
"Eye-Baby" bears striking witness to the powers of perception, whether in terms of the observing - and reflecting - human eye, the camera lens or the mind's eye of imagination and memory. Here are poems which meditate on the links between sight and insight, covering many points on the journey from childhood to old age. Some are prompted by actual journeys; others take up Lawrence Sail's abiding concern with the sea and the natural world; others weigh the visions of artists in the frame of history. Throughout, there is an acute awareness of the ambiguities which surround experience, and which contrast darkness and delight. 'Sail's centre field is an intimate, intelligent and wholly human place...Despite a climate of linguistic shifts and ironies, people continue to feel simply, directly and, sometimes, devastatingly' - george szirtes, "Poetry Review". 'Witty, memorable and rich in feeling. The emotional truth of these poems is lit up by a rare buoyancy of vision, and line after line strikes with fresh, original force' - helen dunmore on "The World Returning". 'Disturbances, threats and doubts are confronted in his poems, but there is an equally vivid tendency towards celebration...There is a genuine presence of affection in his writing, of world-love and enjoyments' - douglas dunn, "Poetry Review". 'You should read Lawrence Sail. He doesn't write like anyone else. A reliable, experienced poet, his eyes are always open. He misses nothing, and he offers no easy answers, but his gaze is invariably compassionate. His writing teaches us how "the heart can blossom, even in the heavy earth of here and now"...We need such poetry in these tricky times' - R.V. Bailey, "Envoi".

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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Bloodaxe Books Ltd (10 Mar 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852247290
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852247294
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 13.8 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,307,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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lawrence sail is a freelance writer, and a former chairman of the Arvon Foundation. He has been programme director of the Cheltenham Festival of Literature and a Whitbread Prize judge, and won a Cholmondeley Award for his poetry in 2004. He lives in Exeter. His earlier work is collected in Out of Land: New & Selected Poems (Bloodaxe, 1992), and he has since published three new collections with Bloodaxe, Building into Air (1995), The World Returning (2002), and now Eye-Baby (2006).

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4.0 out of 5 stars Eye Baby review 28 Oct 2009
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Lawrence Sail has the rare ability of being able to 'go outside the box.' In other words,he is a lateral thinker- a rare ability at the best of times but an essential one when it comes to being a poet.His best poems leap straight from the page into the memory via the senses. They are rewarding because they are simple,insightful, intelligent, and address 'la condition humaine.'

Andrew Hoellering
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