Blackwater Quartet Estill Pollock

ISBN: 9780954837662

Published: November 1st 2004

Paperback

348 pages


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Blackwater Quartet  by  Estill Pollock

Blackwater Quartet by Estill Pollock
November 1st 2004 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 348 pages | ISBN: 9780954837662 | 5.25 Mb

Its near impossible to summarise Blackwater Quartet. Pollocks formal ability as a writer is so assured that its easy to forget how impressive his control is. I cant think of any recent poetry Ive read with a better use of rhyme and meter thanMoreIts near impossible to summarise Blackwater Quartet. Pollocks formal ability as a writer is so assured that its easy to forget how impressive his control is. I cant think of any recent poetry Ive read with a better use of rhyme and meter than his Prologue: it is superbly readable, with a panoramic sweep over deserts and Essex squaddie towns, civilisation returning to the sands, with the irreconcilable clash between our valueless market-driven society and its ability to suffer and inflict biblical savagery.

Theres something humbling and admirable in the existence of this massive collection. In terms of scope and ambition, it must be amongst the most impressive poetry Ive encountered recently. - Paul Sutton, for The Journal (UK) Estill Pollocks poetry is a profoundly moving journey of exploration, from the landscapes of the present and the recently remembered past, to the cataclysmic happenings of the past centuries as they have affected him and his forebears. The mood ranges from melancholy to ecstatic, and carries us along with him as he surveys those people and events which have brought him to this point.

This is mid-life crisis resolved in stately iambic hexameters and subtle rhyming patterns. The resulting book is remarkable, presenting a tension between the orderly shapeliness of the poems and the chaotic content of his own life, brought to heel by the power of language.

Through the elegance of his language and the slightly formal style he has chosen to write in, he becomes not the subject of the book, but the guide to a long and complicated journey, which at some time in our lives we all essay. His long narrative lines, reminiscent of Browning with echoes of that otherex-patriot American poet T. S. Eliot in his erudition and competency with form, place him firmly in the great body of English poetry.

...[This] is a fine example of the poets craft. - B. Ellis, for Tears in the Fence (UK) A wonderful reminder of the power poetry can muster.... - T. Allen, for Terrible Work (UK)



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