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Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9780977578757
Author(s): Jordie Albiston
Format: Paperback
Year: 2007
Publisher: John Leonard Press
Dimensions: 145 x 4 x 210 (w x l x h)
Pages: 52

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Jordie Albiston's poetry is known for its rhythmic power, buoying a sharp and often dark intelligence. Vertigo invokes her background in music, using elastically spaced bar-lines to punctuate its energetic cadences. And, modelled like a cantata, it lays out something of music's paradox - emotional intensity flashing from formal composure. Its poems tell the progress of grief for a lost love. This comes as intricately personal, yet the discernment hits as universal. Open-voiced arias are interleaved with recitatives that play into unexpected corners of emotion and imagining, with irony and elan. The individual story then disappears into a series of orphic choruses, spoken by a barely determinate 'we' - descants upon displacement as human experience, and the mystery of recovery. Each chorus is a vertiginous tale, made of shards of myth, allegory and idea. Among these, a key motif is powerfully engaged: the sea coast - as respite, meeting place and solvent.

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