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Gallowglass (The New Series)

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Poetry. Susan Tichy is a poet embedded: with U.S. troops in Iraq, Afghanistan, Vietnam, twined together through history; in the landscape disrupted by war, perseverating on a deer killed by a mountain lion, or hearing direction in birdsong; and in the language of war: "gallowglass" is a corruption of a Gaelic word for "mercenary soldier," and dark, ancient ballads appear l ...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published March 15th 2010 by Ahsahta Press
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Matt
Sep 18, 2010 rated it it was ok
The back cover promises a dense and allusive book, and that's a pretty fair estimation. But it's one of those things-- density to what end, allusive to what-- that probably is telling about how you respond to this book. And for me, my response was frustration, with a dash of tedium-- I don't mean for a minute to imply everyone will read the book and feel this way, but it didn't work for me.

The book appears to be a meditation on war, especially the war in Iraq (and maybe, on occasion, in Afghanis
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Susan Tichy is author of Gallowglass (forthcoming in 2010 from Ahsahta Press), A Smell of Burning Starts the Day (Wesleyan, 1988), The Hands in Exile (Random House, 1983), a National Poetry Series selection, and Bone Pagoda (Ahsahta Press, 2007). Her work has been recognized by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, by a Kayden Award for Poetry, and a Pushcart Prize. Most recently, her ...more