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Lark Apprentice

4.48 of 5 stars 4.48  ·  rating details  ·  50 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Poetry. A Brenda Hillman Selection. "Here, the sum of the parts generates'such a brutal equation' that there is little difference between 'the longerlife' and 'the lush line.' Mathias recognizes the 'lush line' was everimplemented not for the sake of beauty, but to counter the fact that mortalinquiry is always fraught with the danger of temporal collapse"--Richard Greenfie ...more
Paperback, 72 pages
Published January 1st 2004 by New Issues Poetry Press
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Jul 29, 2007 Simone rated it 5 of 5 stars
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Mathias’s book Lark Apprentice is a navigation between gods and bodies, between trespass and impasse. It is language and syntax as frisson, as incandescence: a series of lyrical matrices that flutter like sundresses, more sensual than sexual, more haptical than optical. Mathias repeatedly employs the word “lush,” precisely describing her own poems with their nod towards Herrick and his liquefactions. Yet, among light’s liquidity and the lark’s song, one “is supposed to call to mind / the murdero ...more
Dec 01, 2007 Stephanie rated it 5 of 5 stars
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I really enjoyed this book. I've read it several times now and I still haven't tired of it. The language is intense and rare. I enjoy seeing writers who are willing to dance on the edge of something uncertain.
Great mixture of form and content, intellect and emotion, image and abstraction. These poems bear reading and re-reading. The language is surprising and tight, but loose and mysterious in all the right places. Negative capability at its best.

It also holds together as a book. This isn't just a volume of poems; it is a progressive story--which I want from more books of poetry. It needs to be read from front to back--things will be lost if you skip around or start in the middle.
Jan 27, 2008 Tony rated it 5 of 5 stars
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Louis Mathias kicks butt. These poems are gnomic, smart, condensed, elliptical, thrilling, strange, emotional, always interesting. For those who like their poetry with both 1) content and 2) formal interest.
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Really strong musically and empathically; sometimes difficult, but always muscular and emotionally vibrant. It _feels_ true.
Megan Kaminski
Louise Mathias' Lark Apprentice came out a few years ago, but I just discovered it this past December. Mathias' writing throughout is absolutely gorgeous--the language is haunting and lush, and it's not just language. The poems work through accumulation, building a world of their own. There is not a word wasted in these pages--tightly constructed, beautiful lyric poems. Looking forward to her next book.
Loved the construction and form of the poems. Sparse, beautiful, fascinating, intriguing, mysterious! going to have to go back and read this volume again and again.
There's a sort of associative fog billowing through Mathias's book. Whenever it clears for a few pages, the poems are brilliant and sharp and strange.
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Louise Mathias was born in 1975 in Bedford, England, and grew up in a small village in Suffolk, England, and later, Los Angeles. Her first book, Lark Apprentice, won the 2003 New Issues Poetry Prize and was published in 2004 by New Issues Press. A chapbook, Above All Else, the Trembling Resembles a Forest, was selected by Martha Ronk for the Burnside Review Chapbook contest, was published in 2010. ...more
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