[Reading] ➬ Landscape with Chainsaw: Poems ➳ James Lasdun – Writerscompany.co.uk

Landscape with Chainsaw: Poems An Exuberant And Bold Series Of Poems Drawing On The Poet S Life In The Catskill Mountains Questions Of Exile And Belonging Figure Prominently, As Does The Struggle To Find A Viable Relationship With The Natural World In The Chainsaw The Book S Central Image All Manner Of Human Traits Are Reflected With An Intense, Often Comical Brilliance. A fine book of poetry that, to me, recalls Philip Larkin much of the poetry is unobtrusively formal, the sensibiility is often mordant In a way its narrative is the anti Larkin the speaker taking all the poems together as a narrative is from a family of British Jews who converted to Anglicanism, and his consciousness of being an outsider among the English, and everywhere, runs throughout He emigrates to the United States, marries, and gradually comes to feel less exiled He even appreciates strip malls and chain saws This is my construction of an overall narrative from the individual poems, which are lyrical and beautiful, full of freshness I read this with a group the others didn t much like it I think it s beautiful, complex, amusing One poem is told from the point of view of a snake in the ceiling of a laundry room watching a woman The Woman, Eve A random few lines When the drunk at the bar of the Royal Oakglared into my face,gripping his pint like a hand grenadefrom which he d this was a pleasure to read PPE 3 26 08

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