The Devil's Bookshop (Hardback)David Kennedy (author)
Hardback Published: 15/06/2007
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What does the Devil like to read? In the title poem of David Kennedy's new collection, he delights in books that describe the ease with which people lose things, care about the wrong things, believe that caring about some things is unnecessary or that neglecting others is the right thing to do. The relationship between care and neglect and how we choose or choose not to apply them is a constant theme in "The Devil's Bookshop". It is a relationship that is at the heart of moving elegies that rehabilitate Gaetan Dugas, the man erroneously held responsible for spreading AIDS through America in the 1980s, and pay tribute to psychologist Elizabeth Kubler-Ross who fought against prevailing medical opinion to give terminal patients a voice in their own care. Care and neglect are also explored in a sequence about life in a marginalized village community; in poems that respond to the London bombings of 7/7 and the ensuing climate of paranoia and scrutiny; and in more meditative observations of light and old stones. The cumulative effect is a quiet but persuasive argument that it is by our acts of attention that we must be judged. "The Devil's Bookshop" closes with a sequence in homage to John Cage whose work in words, music and performance exemplifies the challenges and rewards of paying attention to attention itself.
Publisher: Salt Publishing
Weight: 120 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 11 mm
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