Anything in Turquoise (Paperback)
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Anything in Turquoise (Paperback)

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Paperback 80 Pages / Published: 01/02/2013
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By turns raw, tender and humorous, Anything in Turquoise takes us on a lyrical and emotional journey. The journey begins with points east - Mongolia, from where `Having failed and failed to grasp lessons/ about cultures in varying states of disrepair/ having walked away even sadder' we are moved to the Gobi desert; Vietnam where not only an American helicopter, but the poet is `caught and pinned' and tourists `one Oriental,/ one Caucasian; ...seem locked in contemplation of a common/ past; the hands of one the right age for rolling joints, releasing / Napalm, the other for hacking out tunnels.' and Cambodia, where a school-turned-Khmer Rouge prison holds `a single framed image/ for each grisly death, galleries/ or portraits ... half a holocaust / under my feet.' Moving West we are caught in `Hurricanes and other Storms', `the tilted headstones and bones left by Katrina ... they know how to bury their dead.' before finding ourselves in California where a slippery past intrudes on the present and the poet's mother is sharpening `her Semitic tongue' to `lacerate the soul-less goyem' before `lurching towards incarceration, divorce,/ death.' Finally we find ourselves `Elsewhere' - places from Sweden to a road near Koronova; find ourselves back in time among cave people, in the company of Jackson Pollock repainting the cave until we stand, `blinded / by this orgy of naked colour, already pining for our past.'

Publisher: Cinnamon Press
ISBN: 9781907090745
Number of pages: 80
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 6 mm

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