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Landscape With Chainsaw
by James Lasdun
An exuberant and bold series of poems drawing on the poet's life in the Catskill Mountains. Questions of exile and belonging figure prominently, as does the struggle to find a viable relationship with the natural world. In the chainsaw—the book's central image—all manner of human traits are reflected with an intense, often comical brilliance.
Paperback, 80 pages
Published January 17th 2003 by W. W. Norton Company
(first published 2001)
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Sep 06, 2008 Arlene rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: poets, expatriate Englishmen, Americans, householders, men, Philip Larkin fans
A fine book of poetry that, to me, recalls Philip Larkin: much of the poetry 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 a family of British Jews who converted to Anglicanism, and his consciousness of being an outsider among the English, and everywhere, runs throughout. He emigrates to the United States, marries, and gradually comes to feel less exiled. He even appreciate ...more
James Lasdun was born in London and now lives in upstate New York. He has published two novels as well as several collections of short stories and poetry. He has been long-listed for the Man Booker Prize and short-listed for the Los Angeles Times, T. S. Eliot, and Forward prizes in poetry; and he was the winner of the inaugural U.K./BBC Short Story Prize. His nonfiction has been published in Harpe ...moreMore about James Lasdun...