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All That Lives (CSI: Poetry of Sex, Death and Pathology) by [Laws, Valerie]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 178 KB
  • Print Length: 70 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CH94KAI
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #459,709 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The poetic imagination of Laws is inspired and vivid. All That Lives is a rich collection where the poet examines the full range of human experience including particularly sex and death. There are many magnificent poems, with a variety of tones from the playful 'Ghazal to my Lover' to the more sombre 'Lifting the Lid'. However amidst many deftly accomplished verses, the sequence 'The Incredible Shrinking Brain' stands out in this collection. It is a unique poetic articulation of some of the experiences of living with a dementia. The poems' structure, shape and language suggest the physicality of Alzheimer's disease as it alters and shrinks the brain. In the sequence, Laws integrates form and content in an innovative way and so demonstrates the flexibility of poetry as a means of expression.The poems mimic the progression of the disease which sweeps away swathes of memory, disrupts relationships, displaces and disorientates sufferers and their carers and which challenges us all who are poised `between knowing and not knowing'.
The word joy stood out for me in the diminishing versions of the same poem, but this is a hard won `joy', not a warm romanticising or escapism but a hope or prayer for its continued possibility - in the sixth version this hangs on at the very end after wing which had been part of `knowing'. Although by the end everything has `gone' (`The incredible shrinking brain', version 7).
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I was blown away by Valerie Laws latest collection. The material she writes about does not immediately strike one as having much poetic potential - deformed foetuses, dementia, pathology labs, the death of skin... all seem bleak and something we're all too happy to shut the door on, but Laws blows an incisive poetic tornado (can tornadoes be incisive?!) throughout 'All That Lives' - it is utterly stunning stuff. Buy it and be entranced, and inspired.
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This collection by Valerie Laws is teeming with authentic experience. The poems are underpinned by a real empathy with the business of living. Nothing is made sentimental but there is a genuine understanding of the fragility and strength of what it means to be human. This is a poetry collection that is assured, relevant and humane and makes you confident in the knowledge that poetry can still have a real voice in the world today.
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The poems are extraordinary. Desire and dementia, the death of the brain and the life of the body jostle in All that Lives. These poems provoke thought, shock with sadness, and revive. They are alive.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Laws just gets better and better 26 April 2013
By Char March - Published on Amazon.com
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I was blown away by Valerie Laws latest collection. The material she writes about does not immediately strike one as having much poetic potential - deformed foetuses, dementia, pathology labs, the death of skin... all seem bleak and something we're all too happy to shut the door on, but Laws blows an incisive poetic tornado (can tornadoes be incisive?!) throughout 'All That Lives' - it is utterly stunning stuff. Buy it and be entranced, and inspired.
5.0 out of 5 stars Authentic and Humane 13 May 2013
By Writearound - Published on Amazon.com
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This collection by Valerie Laws is teeming with authentic experience. The poems are underpinned by a real empathy with the business of living. Nothing is made sentimental but there is a genuine understanding of the fragility and strength of what it means to be human. This is a poetry collection that is assured, relevant and humane and makes you confident in the knowledge that poetry can still have a real voice in the world today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars All that lives 7 May 2013
By Alison Brackenbury - Published on Amazon.com
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The poems are extraordinary. Desire and dementia, the death of the brain and the life of the body jostle in All that Lives. These poems provoke thought, shock with sadness, and revive. They are alive.

Alison Brackenbury
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