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Theatre (Salt Modern Poets) Hardcover – 8 Sep 2008

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  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Salt Publishing (8 Sept. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844714187
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844714186
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.1 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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It is in the supra-personal realm that these two most interestingly experimental poets [MTC Cronin and Alison Croggon] of the experimentalists seem to be going. Their lyric "I" is not the often vapid, dull but clever "I" or lack of it that often prevails in some curiously passive male poetry. Both Cronin and Croggon accord with Tielhard de Chardin who, in The Phenonenon of Man, states: "To be fully ourselves it is ... in the direction of covergence with the rest that we must advance - towards the other.".. [They have] a poetic voice flexible enough to avoid the fixity and biographical connection that makes the first person problematic. ... These poets transcend sexual difference. They also transcend the lyric "I," not by defusing it in a polymorphous voice, but by being innovative in a different way from the American Language poets. They accept the solipsism of existence and the consequent emotive authority of the self as the traditional core of what constitutes poetry. Yet they are profoundly liberated from the oppressive politics of the narrow self.--Patricia McCarthy "Agenda "


Alison Croggon's poetry is distinguished by passion, intelligence and an intense moral honesty that does not consist of statements about things, or a drawing up of attitudes to this or that, but of a commitment to understanding the ways poetry – the language of poetry – enables us to understand. We have, as she says, "perfected the technologies of harm" and will most likely carry on doing so. But the same prose poem, ‘History’ goes on: "In unguarded moments I found myself longing for the dazzling conceits of civilisation to be actual, for the profound and bloody pleasures which underlay them." The marvellous sequence that ends the book, ‘Translations from Nowhere’ itself ends with "an eyelid / snapping open, dazzled, full". That fullness and that dazzling characterise all the work. (George Szirtes )

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Alison Croggon does not disappoint with this beautiful little book of poems. Her ingenious style leads to complex language, but simple oh-so-beautiful concepts. Croggon does not write in words, but in feelings and colours, and the effect is extraordinary.

For those Pellinor fans wishing to see more of Alison Croggon's work, then I will warn you that this goes a lot deeper, and therefore is more difficult to understand. Nonetheless, I would recommend this to any who are interested in poetry because this is the work of a genius.

Prepare to be impressed!
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