O'Brien, Geoffrey

Geoffrey O'Brien - In a Mist


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Geoffrey O'Brien - In a Mist

Paperback, 82pp, 8.5x5.5ins, £8.95 / $16
ISBN 978-1-84861-360-7 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]
In a Mist is Geoffrey O’Brien’s seventh collection of poems. It brings together scenes recovered from dream or experience, transmuted fragments of myth, passages retrieved from lost libraries and recollected conversations, the story lines of imaginary films, snapshots of lake and street corner and darkened construction site, the inventions of sleeplessness, transcriptions of chime tones and birdsong, and the memory of faces.
"The spare, elegiac poems in Geoffrey O’Brien’s new collection move at the borderline between actual memory and screen memory. I love their chiseled intimate strangeness. Reading them I discover such marvels as  'shivers of light/Clashing/ or 'Not knowing who/or what we are/ we at least know when.' A pervading sense of loss envelops many of his finest poems in a mist of elliptical particles produced by distance. His language, echoing the best moments of his poetic film criticism, offers up fugitive ghost words and spectral syllables—dreamed or imagined. 'The shop is shuttered/ and the yard so quiet/you can hear the noise/of shadows vanishing.'" —Susan Howe

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