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On Purpose

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"[Laird's] eye for detail and ear for diction are both acute and defamiliarizing....The common becomes strikingly uncommon, opposite to what we normally think or say, making the everyday stimulating to our reading sensibilities. Here is a poet with the patience to let a moment linger, to let words seep into the readers' imaginations and let readers ruminate on such salient designs." Salvatore Ruggiero, Rain Taxi (read the entire Rain Taxi review)

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Publisher Comments:

On Purpose examines the often brutal arena of human relations. Informed by both wit and a melancholic undercurrent, the book thoughtfully provokes concepts of happiness and sadness, of warring and reparation. The volume concludes with an affecting sequence about a marriage, inspired by that most influential of military treatises, The Art of War.

Review:

"Compact, careful, thoughtful and even wary, the second book of verse from Laird (who grew up in Northern Ireland and lives in London) gives the U.S. a fine representative of what younger mainstream British poets are doing right now. Like his peers, Laird writes shapely stanzas organized by description and sometimes by half-rhymes; he owes much to Glyn Maxwell or Paul Muldoon, though less so compared to his debut To a Fault. Here the tone is sadder, more civil, more often weighted by historical subjects. Also a novelist, Laird does best with historical personae: medieval actors in a morality play, for example, or soldiers who liberate a concentration camp, describing mass murder's aftermath with uncanny reserve. Even at his most personal, Laird feels the shadow of current events: he concludes with a set of short poems called 'The Art of War,' in which the blisses and troubles of two adults remind him all too much of the public world. In 'Terrain,' the 'snow' on TV reminds him of the cloud of electronic data through which the government (like a malevolent boyfriend) may watch us as we sleep: 'you'd been watching a property show and had dozed,/ and now the screen was frantic, driving home through snow, alone.'" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

The much-anticipated new volume from award-winning poet Nick Laird, whose "superb lines" won praise from the New York Times Book Review.

Synopsis:

'Laird"s ear for 'smallish lexical mercies" yields superb lines."Stephen Burt, New York Times Book Review

Synopsis:

On Purpose examines the often brutal arena of human relations. Informed by both wit and a melancholic undercurrent, the book thoughtfully provokes concepts of happiness and sadness, of warring and reparation. The volume concludes with an affecting sequence about a marriage, inspired by that most influential of military treatises, The Art of War.

About the Author

Nick Laird is the author of the novel Utterly Monkey. His debut poetry collection, To a Fault, was shortlisted for the 2005 Forward Poetry Prize for Best First Collection. Born in Northern Ireland, Laird lives in New York and London.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393067767
Subtitle:
Poems
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Author:
Laird, Nick
Subject:
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Subject:
Interpersonal Relations
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
Single Author - British & Irish
Subject:
Anthologies-United Kingdom Poetry
Copyright:
Publication Date:
October 2008
Binding:
Hardcover
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
64
Dimensions:
8.6 x 5.8 x 0.6 in 0.5 lb

Related Subjects

Fiction and Poetry » Anthologies » United Kingdom » Poetry
Fiction and Poetry » Poetry » A to Z

On Purpose
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Product details 64 pages W. W. Norton & Company - English 9780393067767 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Compact, careful, thoughtful and even wary, the second book of verse from Laird (who grew up in Northern Ireland and lives in London) gives the U.S. a fine representative of what younger mainstream British poets are doing right now. Like his peers, Laird writes shapely stanzas organized by description and sometimes by half-rhymes; he owes much to Glyn Maxwell or Paul Muldoon, though less so compared to his debut To a Fault. Here the tone is sadder, more civil, more often weighted by historical subjects. Also a novelist, Laird does best with historical personae: medieval actors in a morality play, for example, or soldiers who liberate a concentration camp, describing mass murder's aftermath with uncanny reserve. Even at his most personal, Laird feels the shadow of current events: he concludes with a set of short poems called 'The Art of War,' in which the blisses and troubles of two adults remind him all too much of the public world. In 'Terrain,' the 'snow' on TV reminds him of the cloud of electronic data through which the government (like a malevolent boyfriend) may watch us as we sleep: 'you'd been watching a property show and had dozed,/ and now the screen was frantic, driving home through snow, alone.'" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review A Day" by , "[Laird's] eye for detail and ear for diction are both acute and defamiliarizing....The common becomes strikingly uncommon, opposite to what we normally think or say, making the everyday stimulating to our reading sensibilities. Here is a poet with the patience to let a moment linger, to let words seep into the readers' imaginations and let readers ruminate on such salient designs." (read the entire Rain Taxi review)
"Synopsis" by , The much-anticipated new volume from award-winning poet Nick Laird, whose "superb lines" won praise from the New York Times Book Review.
"Synopsis" by , 'Laird"s ear for 'smallish lexical mercies" yields superb lines."Stephen Burt, New York Times Book Review
"Synopsis" by , On Purpose examines the often brutal arena of human relations. Informed by both wit and a melancholic undercurrent, the book thoughtfully provokes concepts of happiness and sadness, of warring and reparation. The volume concludes with an affecting sequence about a marriage, inspired by that most influential of military treatises, The Art of War.
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