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This Is Yarrow

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  29 ratings  ·  3 reviews
The poems in Dublin-born poet and translator Tara Bergin’s debut collection combine sensuous lyricism with the unsettling familiarity of folklore, fairy tale, and dream. They are inhabited by characters who seem at first widely different from one another yet share nervous energy and a troubled state of mind. Bergin gathers language from a wide range of sources and places t ...more
Paperback, 86 pages
Published August 1st 2013 by Carcanet Press Ltd. (first published January 1st 2013)
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Jee Koh
Nov 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I can't praise highly enough this first book of poems by Tara Bergin. I'm into my second reading, and it's even more compelling than the first round. Favorites, familiar from PN Review or from New Poetries V, are here--"Looking at Lucy's Painting of the Thames," "Himalayan Balsam for a Soldier," "The Undertaker's Tale of the Notebook," "This Is Yarrow"--but now set in the company of poems that deepen and broaden their resonance.

"Acting School" acknowledges the distance between art and life, but
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Julia
Sep 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
There are a couple of startlingly arresting poems in this collection – my favourite being Stag Boy, which almost made me gasp out loud. But unfortunately I didn’t feel that the rest of the poems in the collection measured up to quite the same standard. There are poems about paintings and acting classes and other fairly light subjects that felt a bit trivial and a bit gossipy in tone and style – of course this may have been the writer’s intention – but I found that these poems left me cold. This ...more
Alex
Sep 04, 2014 rated it liked it
The opening poem did not take me immediately; the second one made me smirk, and warmed me to the collection; the third one dragged me off, and I had to start again, deeply submerged in what I thought would be a thoroughly engrossing collection. But every now and then there is a speedbump in the waves, and I had to come out for air, unsure about my thoughts about certain poems. Nonetheless, there are some really well-crafted designs scattered throughout the book, but not enough to stay with me al ...more
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