E–pub (Landscape with Chainsaw Poems) by James Lasdun
James Lasdun à 1 REVIEWStellar poetry Very striking Great phrasing this was a pleasure to ead A fine book of poetry that
to me ecalls philip larkin much of theme ecalls Philip Larkin much of the 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 *way its narrative is the anti Larkin the speaker taking all the poems together as a narrative is from family of British Jews who converted to Anglicanism and his consciousness of being an outsider among the English and everywhere. An exuberant and bold series of poems drawing on the poet's life in the Catskill Mountains uestions of exile and. ,
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 *less exiled He even appreciates strip malls and chain saws This is construction of an overall narrative from the individual poems which are lyrical and beautiful full of freshness I ead
this with a group the others didn t much like it I think it s beautifulwith a group the others didn t much like it I think it s beautiful amusing One poem is told from the point of view of a
in the of a laundry Belonging figure prominently as does the struggle to find a viable elationship with the natural world In the .snake in the
Kämpfer Der Hoffnung: Wie Ich Den Kindern Madagaskars Eine Zukunft Gab random few linesWhen the drunk at the bar of the Royal Oakglared into my facegripping his pint like a hand grenadefrom which he d just taken the pinand told me what he told methe pang I feltwas like the split that goes onivingall the way down the trunkfrom one sound blow to the wedgeas though it had been there forever waiting HopsDoggone I wanted to keep on uoting to do justice So buy it and ead it. Hainsaw the book's central image all manner of human traits eflected with an intense often comical brillian.