Summer Reading B2G1 Free
 
 

Special Offers see all

Enter to WIN a $100 Credit

Subscribe to PowellsBooks.news
for a chance to win.
Privacy Policy

Visit our stores


    Recently Viewed clear list


    Q&A | July 20, 2015

    Jesse Ball: IMG Powell’s Q&A: Jesse Ball



    Describe your latest book. I woke up one day from a sort of daydream with an idea for a book's structure, and for the thread of that book, one... Continue »
    1. $16.80 Sale Hardcover add to wish list

      A Cure for Suicide

      Jesse Ball 9781101870129

    spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$5.50
Used Trade Paper
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
1 Burnside Poetry- A to Z
1 Local Warehouse Poetry- A to Z

This title in other editions

Handwriting: Poems

by

Handwriting: Poems Cover

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Handwriting is Michael Ondaatje's first new book of poetry since The Cinnamon Peeler. It is a collection of exquisitely crafted poems of delicacy and power--poems about love, landscape, and the sweep of history set in the poet's first home, Sri Lanka. The falling away of culture is juxtaposed with an individual's sense of loss, grief, and remembrance, as Ondaatje weaves a rich tapestry of images--the unburial of stone Buddhas, a family of stilt-walkers crossing a field, the pattern of teeth marks on skin drawn by a monk from memory.

And, like the poets who "wrote their stories on rock and leaf / to celebrate the work of the day, / the shadow pleasures of the night," in these poems Ondaatje writes of desire and longing, the curve of a bridge against a woman's foot, the figure of a man walking through a rainstorm to a tryst. Handwriting is a poetic achievement by a writer at the height of his creative powers. In it, we are reminded once again of Michael Ondaatje's unique artistry with language and of his stature as one of the finest poets writing today.

Synopsis:

A new collection by the internationally acclaimed Slovenian poet

Synopsis:

The work of this “eminent, still-wild spirit of Central Europe” (Publishers Weekly) continues to electrify. In The Blue Tower, language is remade with tenderness and abandon: “Rommel was kissing heavens dainty hands and yet / from his airplane above the Sahara my uncle / Rafko Perhauc still blew him to bits.” There is an effervescence and a sense of freedom to Tomaž Salamuns poetry that has made him an inspiration to successive generations of American poets, “a poetic bridge between old European roots and the American adventure” (Associated Press). Trivial and monumental, beautiful and grotesque, healing, ferocious, mad: The Blue Tower is an essential volume.

Synopsis:

"Tumultuous, vibrant, tragic and over too soon." --Newsday

Handwriting is Michael Ondaatje's first new book of poetry since The Cinnamon Peeler. The exquisite poems collected here draw on history, mythology, landscape, and personal memories to weave a rich tapestry of images that reveal the longing for--and expose the anguish over--lost loves, homes, and language, as the poet contemplates scents and gestures and evokes a time when "handwriting occurred on waves, / on leaves, the scripts of smoke" and remembers a woman's "laughter with its / intake of breath. Uhh huh."

Crafted with lyrical delicacy and seductive power, Handwriting reminds us of Michael Ondaatje's stature as one of the finest poets writing today.

About the Author

Michael Ondaatje is the author of three previous novels, a memoir and eleven books of poetry. His novel The English Patient won the Booker Prize. Born in Sri Lanka, he moved to Canada in 1962 and now lives in Toronto.

Table of Contents

CONTENTS

The Bride Wins Both Times 1

Grischas Fez 2

Honey and Holofernes 4

Trans-Siberia 6

San Pietro a Cascia with Masaccio 7

Diran Adebayo 8

We Build a Barn and Read Readers Digest 9

Strangling in Dreams 10

All the Instruments Have Collapsed 11

Waiting on Šaranoviˇc Street 12

So We Dont Lose Our Virginity 13

Where Is the Little Wall From 15

Strange Dreams 16

At Baroness Beatrice Monti della Corte von Rezzoris 17

“I Dont Like Proust, He Didnt Have Enough Sex,” Diran Says 19

Pharaohs and Kings, Kassel, Paris 20

Taverna 21

Breakfast with My Hostess in Aldeborough 22

Skaters 24

Prada, Montevarchi, Before Cézanne 26

Thats How Many Mighty Heaven Will Endure 27

Title Still Pending 28

Donnini 29

Florenza 30

Persia 31

Until Pessoa Nothing 32

Scrubbed Slab, Dark Screen 34

A Word to the Hunters 35

The Tip Grows On Before the Step 36

La Torre, Celan 37

The Sirens 39

Ivo Štandeker 40

An Hour 41

San Juan de la Cruz Rolled in the Snow 44

Rites and the Membrane 45

Santa Rita 47

Sounds Near Pistoletto 49

The Gentleman Is a Bit Inclined to Disorder 53

Marais 56

Lindos 57

White Hash, Black Weed 58

The Slave 61

Lime Tree 63

Flight 66

Ptuj 67

Sugar 68

Athos 69

Letter from Kevin Holden 70

The Flight into the Land of Egypt 73

The Soul Murders the Tile 76

Brother 78

Pleasure 79

The Blister 80

Reminding Mankind of Yourself with a Whip 82

Chiunque Giunge le Mani 84

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375705410
Author:
Ondaatje, Michael
Publisher:
Vintage
Author:
Salamun, Tomaz
Author:
Biggins, Michael
Location:
New York
Subject:
Canada
Subject:
Sri lanka
Subject:
American
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Single Author *
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
Sri Lankans
Subject:
Sri Lankans - Canada
Subject:
Single Author - Continental European
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage International
Series Volume:
TR 00-1
Publication Date:
20000331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
96
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb

Other books you might like

  1. New Poets of America Series #0009: Rose Used Trade Paper $8.95
  2. The river of heaven :poems Used Trade Paper $5.95
  3. The Long Experience of Love Used Trade Paper $2.48
  4. Evening Train Used Trade Paper $8.00
  5. Pocket Poets Series #0008: Gasoline New Trade Paper $8.95
  6. The Essential Etheridge Knight (Pitt...
    Used Trade Paper $7.95

Related Subjects

Fiction and Poetry » Anthologies » Miscellaneous International Poetry
Fiction and Poetry » Poetry » A to Z

Handwriting: Poems Used Trade Paper
0 stars - 0 reviews
$5.50 In Stock
Product details 96 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9780375705410 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by ,
A new collection by the internationally acclaimed Slovenian poet
"Synopsis" by , The work of this “eminent, still-wild spirit of Central Europe” (Publishers Weekly) continues to electrify. In The Blue Tower, language is remade with tenderness and abandon: “Rommel was kissing heavens dainty hands and yet / from his airplane above the Sahara my uncle / Rafko Perhauc still blew him to bits.” There is an effervescence and a sense of freedom to Tomaž Salamuns poetry that has made him an inspiration to successive generations of American poets, “a poetic bridge between old European roots and the American adventure” (Associated Press). Trivial and monumental, beautiful and grotesque, healing, ferocious, mad: The Blue Tower is an essential volume.

"Synopsis" by , "Tumultuous, vibrant, tragic and over too soon." --Newsday

Handwriting is Michael Ondaatje's first new book of poetry since The Cinnamon Peeler. The exquisite poems collected here draw on history, mythology, landscape, and personal memories to weave a rich tapestry of images that reveal the longing for--and expose the anguish over--lost loves, homes, and language, as the poet contemplates scents and gestures and evokes a time when "handwriting occurred on waves, / on leaves, the scripts of smoke" and remembers a woman's "laughter with its / intake of breath. Uhh huh."

Crafted with lyrical delicacy and seductive power, Handwriting reminds us of Michael Ondaatje's stature as one of the finest poets writing today.

spacer
spacer
  • back to top

FOLLOW US ON...

     
Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.