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Intimates [Kindle Edition]

Helen Farish
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Book Description

Provocative and tender, passionate yet wary, the highly charged poems in Helen Farish's first collection testify to the complex nature of relationships with lovers, with family and with the self. The love poems explore moments of intense exposure, and within the erotic relation seek to carve out a voice adequate to the expression of female sexuality and desire. Within this framework, the body itself becomes a rich and compelling site of inquiry.

Posted throughout the collection like sentinels, poems on the death of the father draw the poet back home where grief mingles with surprising moments of grace or redemption. But whether the encounter concerns sudden loss or sudden blessing, constant throughout is a warm and boldly embodied lyric 'I' voice generously inviting the reader in.

Poised at life's mid-point, these haunting, haunted poems negotiate their emotional freight in carefully crafted forms which mediate between exposure and guardedness. Expertly charting the geographies of sex and love, the histories of childhood and grief, Intimates introduces a new poet of originality, honesty and singular power.

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"Can there have been a more arresting opening to a debut collection than Helen Farish's 'Look at These'? Between this and her beautiful closing walk along the Coffin Path, we're treated to a whip-smart, tough lyricism, which is always alloyed by her sense of shape and economy. It's been ages since I've read a first book of poems as bold, carried off with such élan" (Paul Farley)

"The intimacy of Helen Farish's poems is of an extraordinary kind: at once close to and distant from family and body and thought. The poems are bodily and disembodied, emotionally engaged and detached, passionate and reasoned. Nobody writes with quite this variety of intelligence. Intimates is a stunning debut" (Bernard O'Donoghue)

"This is a brave book: it faces up to life at every turn. It celebrates, it laments, it answers back. Helen Farish writes with extraordinary candour, wittily, movingly, with sensuous intelligence" (David Constantine)

"Her seemingly throwaway lines let the pain come through because of the subtle expressiveness of her pauses" (Derwent May Times Weekend Review)

"Farish is a sensitive explorer of the nuances of relationships... Intimates is full of evocative atmospheres" (Stephen Knight Independent on Sunday)

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Winner of the Forward Poetry Prize and shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize, Helen Farish is another success on the Cape List of female poets, including Jean Sprackland and Leonita Flynn.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 99 KB
  • Print Length: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital (31 May 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004WOE6BO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #712,284 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning 11 Dec. 2006
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Truly one of the best collections of poetry out there. If you are tempted to buy it, do: you won't be disappointed.

I have already bought two copies for friends and can't seem to stop giving my copies away. 'Intimates' is almost too good to keep!

There is a 'right'ness to Farish's words, and she really knows, like all great poets, how to end a poem superbly. Her work is truly stunning, an absolute joy to read.

This is my favourite poem from the book:

The Lighthouse of Nauset

was removed to a field.
Visitors wonder

does it miss the tides, living on the edge
of emptiness then fullness?

Here there is only the tickle of a cricket,
an out-of-the-way dusk.

The lighthouse says, Listen.
I thought I had no limits,

could look indefinitely at the longing
light lays on water.

Now I want boundaries;
a hedge, plums, more than enough.
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