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Excerpts from the Memoirs of a Fool : ELEANOR BRASCH - Patrick Mackie

Excerpts from the Memoirs of a Fool


Paperback Published: 27th February 2013
ISBN: 9781857545081
Number Of Pages: 64

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Every poet is a fool in refusing to give up the quest for an account of the world based on truth and beauty. Patrick Mackie's debut collection explores the poet's foolish-ness in forms which are ludic, wry, at times conversational and always beguiling and unique. It is as though Schumann's Carnival had been translated into words, and Harlequin holds most, but not all, of the trump cards.

There are love poems, meditations, narrative snapshots, real and imagined landscapes, and encounters with a range of figures and forces, from Paul Klee to the Devil. Patrick Mackie acknowledges his debts to Wallace Stevens, to French Surrealism and to Goethe, amongst others, but such debts do not obscure the
emergence of a unique poetic talent, tensely rhapsodic, that is pitched between
lyricism, Modernism and the comic.

Faces with dusk and rainp. 7
What we have seenp. 8
Monogamyp. 9
That was then. This is nowp. 10
The pursuit of happinessp. 11
The pavilion of elegancep. 12
If you meet the Buddha on the road, kill himp. 13
Nosferatup. 14
A spellp. 15
Empiricismp. 16
Nature poetryp. 19
The art of poetryp. 20
Learning lessp. 21
Forgetfulnessp. 22
An emotion constitutes a magical transformation of the worldp. 24
Upp. 25
Excerpts from the memoirs of a foolp. 26
A brief history of the devilp. 27
A brief history of trustp. 28
Versions of six poems of Rene Charp. 29
Waking upp. 32
El Doradop. 33
The poet of modern lifep. 34
A translationp. 35
Extravagancep. 36
A brief history of lyricismp. 37
A brief history of fallingp. 38
Hungerp. 39
A sketchp. 40
The hoodp. 41
Four postcards from the farmp. 42
Erosionp. 44
The unnecessary angelp. 45
The manifestationsp. 46
The other lifep. 47
A brief history of fearp. 48
A brief history of seascapesp. 49
Metaphorp. 50
Before you know itp. 51
A parablep. 52
Five short short storiesp. 53
Remake of the weekendp. 55
Hermes in lovep. 56
The dream life of Robert Schumannp. 57
The low stylep. 59
The end of somethingp. 60
A whisperp. 61
Markingsp. 62
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ISBN: 9781857545081
ISBN-10: 1857545087
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 64
Published: 27th February 2013
Publisher: Carcanet Press Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.5  x 0.64
Weight (kg): 0.11

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