Collected Poems by Peter McDonald

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Collected Poems

In this collection by the cult Scottish poet, novelist and renowned experimentalist, Kuppner hands us his field notes from life in an unfathomable universe, set out in three plaited sections. 'Oli Hazzard is a boldly experimental poet: one whose interest is as much in language and form as it is in meaning -€“ or rather, in the constant interplay between meaning, language, and form. He explores this interest through established forms such as sestinas and pantoums, but also through unexpected and innovatory ones: mirroring structures, and poems consisting entirely of palindromes or de-contextualized proverbs or set phrases. The results are often startling, showing something very real about the hit-and-miss quality of thought and expression. It is impossible, in Hazzard'€™s writing, to take anything on trust. He brilliantly conveys the experience of experiencing; although his observations are hyper-real, he seems always to be questioning -€“ and to be making us question -€“ whether they are sufficiently '€˜like'€™. His is challenging poetry, but that is because his formal fireworks so honestly address the difficulty of finding a standpoint from which to view the world: that is, the difficulty of finding a self. His work perfectly exemplifies Touchstone's saying that the truest poetry is the most feigning.' Jane Griffiths
In this collection by the cult Scottish poet, novelist and renowned experimentalist, Kuppner hands us his field notes from life in an unfathomable universe, set out in three plaited sections. 'Oli Hazzard is a boldly experimental poet: one whose interest is as much in language and form as it is in meaning -€“ or rather, in the constant interplay between meaning, language, and form. He explores this interest through established forms such as sestinas and pantoums, but also through unexpected and innovatory ones: mirroring structures, and poems consisting entirely of palindromes or de-contextualized proverbs or set phrases. The results are often startling, showing something very real about the hit-and-miss quality of thought and expression. It is impossible, in Hazzard'€™s writing, to take anything on trust. He brilliantly conveys the experience of experiencing; although his observations are hyper-real, he seems always to be questioning -€“ and to be making us question -€“ whether they are sufficiently '€˜like'€™. His is challenging poetry, but that is because his formal fireworks so honestly address the difficulty of finding a standpoint from which to view the world: that is, the difficulty of finding a self. His work perfectly exemplifies Touchstone's saying that the truest poetry is the most feigning.' Jane Griffiths
Publisher: Carcanet Press ISBN: 9781847776860 Pages: 280