Black Cat Bone: Poems

John Burnside (Author)
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Product Details

Price
$16.00
Publisher
Graywolf Press
Publish Date
July 07, 2015
Pages
80
Dimensions
5.3 X 0.2 X 7.7 inches | 0.2 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781555977146

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About the Author

John Burnside is a poet, fiction writer, and memoirist. His poetry has received the T. S. Eliot Prize, the Forward Prize, the Whitbread Poetry Award, and the Petrarca Preis. He lives in Fife, Scotland.

Reviews

Praise for John Burnside
"If genius is operating anywhere in English poetry at present, I feel it is here, in Burnside's singular music." --Adam Thorpe, "The Observer
""[Burnside's] radiant meditations have been perhaps the most quietly and pervasively influential voice to have emerged in British poetry in the last twenty years." --Don Paterson, "New British Poetry"

Praise for "Black Cat Bone"

"John Burnside's "Black Cat Bone" arrives in America as one of the most feral British collections of poems I've read in years. His voice is shot through with its own lyric genius, one that ruptures and raptures, hunts and hurts, and haunts and heals. The poems are bloodwarm, lucid, even in what he calls 'the curdled glaze of everafter.' He dares to sing of Song. He marries grace to gall. His daylight is carrion, he writes, but the light he casts at night is almost velvet to the touch. And he's a sneaky jackal of a formalist, tenderly rendering, stealthy and beguiling all at once. These poems provoke an 'infinite kinship' with their reader. I am utterly taken with Burnside's hand and craft and heart." --Lucie Brock-Broido

"The mystery of how this volume could be--after more than a dozen collections in the UK, not to mention novels, memoirs, short stories, and essays--the first book of John Burnside's poems to appear in the US is now immaterial. "Black Cat Bone" is Burnside at his best, and its appearance will make its readers want more. He is a poet of 'the sonar that runs in the spine.' He is, in other words, deeply in touch with what it means to walk upon this earth, and he delivers regularly electrifying expressions of the condition we call human. 'The only gift, ' he writes, 'is knowing we belong / to nothing.' Now, however, his poems can belong to us, and that is something to celebrate. It's a gift, from one of the most important poets in the language." --Robert Wrigley

Praise for John Burnside
"If genius is operating anywhere in English poetry at present, I feel it is here, in Burnside's singular music." --Adam Thorpe, "The Observer
""[Burnside's] radiant meditations have been perhaps the most quietly and pervasively influential voice to have emerged in British poetry in the last twenty years." --Don Paterson, "New British Poetry"
Praise for "Black Cat Bone"
Praise for John Burnside

John Burnside's "Black Cat Bone" arrives in America as one of the most feral British collections of poems I've read in years. His voice is shot through with its own lyric genius, one that ruptures and raptures, hunts and hurts, and haunts and heals. The poems are bloodwarm, lucid, even in what he calls the curdled glaze of everafter.' He dares to sing of Song. He marries grace to gall. His daylight is carrion, he writes, but the light he casts at night is almost velvet to the touch. And he's a sneaky jackal of a formalist, tenderly rendering, stealthy and beguiling all at once. These poems provoke an infinite kinship' with their reader. I am utterly taken with Burnside's hand and craft and heart. "Lucie Brock-Broido"

The mystery of how this volume could be--after more than a dozen collections in the UK, not to mention novels, memoirs, short stories, and essays--the first book of John Burnside's poems to appear in the US is now immaterial. "Black Cat Bone" is Burnside at his best, and its appearance will make its readers want more. He is a poet of 'the sonar that runs in the spine.' He is, in other words, deeply in touch with what it means to walk upon this earth, and he delivers regularly electrifying expressions of the condition we call human. 'The only gift, ' he writes, 'is knowing we belong / to nothing.' Now, however, his poems can belong to us, and that is something to celebrate. It's a gift, from one of the most important poets in the language. "Robert Wrigley"

If genius is operating anywhere in English poetry at present, I feel it is here, in Burnside's singular music. "Adam Thorpe, The Observer on John Burnside"

[Burnside's] radiant meditations have been perhaps the most quietly and pervasively influential voice to have emerged in British poetry in the last twenty years. "Don Paterson, New British Poetry on John Burnside""

"John Burnside's Black Cat Bone arrives in America as one of the most feral British collections of poems I've read in years. His voice is shot through with its own lyric genius, one that ruptures and raptures, hunts and hurts, and haunts and heals. The poems are bloodwarm, lucid, even in what he calls 'the curdled glaze of everafter.' He dares to sing of Song. He marries grace to gall. His daylight is carrion, he writes, but the light he casts at night is almost velvet to the touch. And he's a sneaky jackal of a formalist, tenderly rendering, stealthy and beguiling all at once. These poems provoke an 'infinite kinship' with their reader. I am utterly taken with Burnside's hand and craft and heart." --Lucie Brock-Broido

"The mystery of how this volume could be--after more than a dozen collections in the UK, not to mention novels, memoirs, short stories, and essays--the first book of John Burnside's poems to appear in the US is now immaterial. Black Cat Bone is Burnside at his best, and its appearance will make its readers want more. He is a poet of 'the sonar that runs in the spine.' He is, in other words, deeply in touch with what it means to walk upon this earth, and he delivers regularly electrifying expressions of the condition we call human. 'The only gift, ' he writes, 'is knowing we belong / to nothing.' Now, however, his poems can belong to us, and that is something to celebrate. It's a gift, from one of the most important poets in the language." --Robert Wrigley

"If genius is operating anywhere in English poetry at present, I feel it is here, in Burnside's singular music." --Adam Thorpe, The Observer on John Burnside

"[Burnside's] radiant meditations have been perhaps the most quietly and pervasively influential voice to have emerged in British poetry in the last twenty years." --Don Paterson, New British Poetry on John Burnside