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The lifeguard : poems, 2008-2013

Author: Ian Wedde
Publisher: Auckland, New Zealand : Auckland University Press, 2013. ©2013
Edition/Format:   Print book : Poetry : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"You have to start somewhere / in these morose times' begins the title sequence of this collection, in which the dual, duelling lifeguards of east and west, sunrise and sunset, glib Narcissus and one-eyed Polyphemus, watch over a collection that explores the contradictions between life's pool-side surfaces and frightening undertows. Ian Wedde's poet laureate collection, dedicated to his grandchildren Bella and Sebo,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: New Zealand poetry
Poetry
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ian Wedde
ISBN: 9781869407698 1869407695
OCLC Number: 843992907
Description: 88 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: The lifeguard --
Help! --
Another bottle of oil --
Help! --
The look --
Three elegies --
Harry Martens --
Mahmoud Darwish --
Oum Kalsoum --
Shadow stands up.
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"You have to start somewhere / in these morose times' begins the title sequence of this collection, in which the dual, duelling lifeguards of east and west, sunrise and sunset, glib Narcissus and one-eyed Polyphemus, watch over a collection that explores the contradictions between life's pool-side surfaces and frightening undertows. Ian Wedde's poet laureate collection, dedicated to his grandchildren Bella and Sebo, opens with a major new series 'The Lifeguard', and finishes with a second long sequence, 'Shadow Stands Up', in which a world of Platonic memory and tidal recurrence is observed from a window-seat in Auckland's conspicuously green-branded Link bus. In poems that are a complex mix of rhapsody, fear, and humour, The Lifeguard is on the lookout for 'arms upraised / where the surf breaks against its own backwash' - Bella's and Sebo's future, full of hope and danger. Bringing together work from the past five years by one of our most outstanding contemporary poets, The Lifeguard shows Wedde at his thoughtful surprising best, building 'these lattices and / filigrees of words through which / the light slips, where the shadow / stands up, and we remember"--Back cover.

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"In all his considerable oeuvre, Wedde is never less than lyrically seductive, always acutely observational in the manner of an Antipodean William Carlos Williams . . ." - Michael Morrissey, Read more...

 
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