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Like his two previous books, Asylum was written live on-site; in this case deep within the caves, mines, quarries, geological and archaeological horizons of the Mendip Hills in Somerset. The poems stage modes of exile in the darkness of earth, enacting solidarity with those others who have made their journey into the underworld – Dante, Orpheus, blinded Oedipus, Euripides. ...more
Paperback, 80 pages
Published March 1st 2018 by Jonathan Cape
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Andrada
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
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I heard about Sean Borodale’s Asylum poetry collection while listening to a BBC Arts and Ideas podcast entitled What lies beneath that dealt with all manner of underground places, from caves full of Neanderthal art to fatbergs, and during which the poet himself was invited to speak about his experience visiting caves, abandoned bunkers and disused mines to write poetry inspired by them. I thought it was a very interesting hands-on approach to poetry. Rather than waiting for inspiration to strike ...more
Xavier Roelens
Jul 08, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2020-gekocht
Deze bundel beschrijft een wereld waar ik normaal niets mee te maken heb: de wereld van de geoloog die geregeld in grotten op ontdekking gaat en daar archeologische sporen ontdekt. Deze gedichten zijn geschreven met de zintuigen op scherp.
Maar daar houdt het bijzondere ook op voor mij. De gedichten zijn me als gedichten te statisch, de taal is me als taal te eenvoudig. Veel 'black' in de bundel, soms gecombineerd met 'hole'. Veel 'sound', soms eens afgewisseld met 'noise' of 'silence'. Hier en d
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Kelsey Hennegen
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Many of his poems start with these sort of declarative, unabashed, direct opens. Often in really simple language. Only a few words, comprising their own stanza. The sort of thing that seems exactly the what a workshop might veto. All the more reason why I find that sort of power through simplicity compelling. The play between dark and light, the act of descent, the natural world... all incredibly striking, evocative, rich.
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