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The Jupiter Collisions [Paperback]

Lachlan Mackinnon
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17 Feb 2003

The Jupiter Collisions, Lachlan Mackinnon's third collection, opens with a characteristically exact account of something ungraspable: a distant episode in cosmology. This is the starting point for a series of investigations into uncertainty and flux, in which poem after poem brings home its cargo in precisely shaped but oblique and surprising ways. The collection is as various in its concerns as it is unified in its search for the close naming of things. One of the paradoxes of these poems is to start from spareness and reserve, and to end by establishing an intensely personal voice, whatever the subject almost casually to hand - American scenes, foreign places, the remembered present of the 1960s, the lives within paintings, the potentiality of prime numbers.

The Jupiter Collisions includes two subtle and intriguingly constructed sequences of linked poems, in which the canvas of personal matter (loss, love, contingency) is stretched across a frame of philosophical concerns, in a poetry which is as unafraid of thinking - 'the heaven of ideas' - as it is firmly vested in 'the pointillisme of what is'. We come to recognise a tone, quietly distinctive, addressing the world in poems which are cool but numinous in their phrasing, moving in their understatement.


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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; First edition. Paperback. edition (17 Feb 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571216552
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571216550
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 12.4 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 848,295 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lachlan Mackinnon was born in 1956 and educated at Charterhouse and Christ Church, Oxford. He teaches at Winchester College. He is the author of two critical studies and a biography; he has reviewed regularly for the national press. His fourth collection of poems, Small Hours, was published in 2010.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, intelligent, thought-provoking. 3 May 2003
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This is a beautiful and intelligent collection of poems, accessible to all readers. The poems cover many themes, from Bob Dylan to Prime Numbers, and yet they all subtly contain a sense of the irrevocable. Be it remembrance or existence, there is always a sense of helplessness in the poems; we cannot change the past, we cannot change the conditions on Jupiter, nor even predict Prime Numbers.
The format is essentially prose, the poetic justification occuring in the exact and harmonious choice of words and their sparse separations, making the reading of the poems both smooth and thought-provoking.
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