Ashland

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Ashland We look away from his open mouth look instead at the corn the crows floating above the river in their private worries Tonight when we turn in the candle will sputter and blow Pinched out easily a

  • Title: Ashland
  • Author: Gil Adamson
  • ISBN: 9781770410152
  • Page: 483
  • Format: Paperback
  • We look away from his open mouth, look instead at the corn, the crows floating above the river in their private worries Tonight, when we turn in, the candle will sputter and blow Pinched out easily, all flame gives way to this wide black wing excerpt from Black Wing The poems in Ashland, originally published by ECW in 2003, lay the groundwork for Adamson s award wi We look away from his open mouth, look instead at the corn, the crows floating above the river in their private worries Tonight, when we turn in, the candle will sputter and blow Pinched out easily, all flame gives way to this wide black wing excerpt from Black Wing The poems in Ashland, originally published by ECW in 2003, lay the groundwork for Adamson s award winning and internationally bestselling novel, The Outlander Neogothicism, the surrealist snapshot, feminist Western and postmodern parable are just some of the elements that feed Gil Adamson s second collection of poems Adamson creates a world fully awash in violence and history, the absurdities of the frontier, the gorgeous terrors of death Everything is simple, and yet nothing is as it seems Moving easily from prose poem to lyric, verbal portrait to improbable biography, Ashland leads us on a macabre tour of our nightmares, perverse secrets, and death focused mythologies In the end we see ourselves We last longer The night opens its mouth, and we step in.

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    1. Carlo on said:

      I honestly never had the chance to read a modern poet to whom I could relate this much. I was fascinated by every single poem in "Ashland" because it all made poetic sense to me. Not to criticize other contemporary poets since certainly my literary knowledge is not good enough to read objectively some modern works; however, it is refreshing to read a poetry book with a strong common denominator among poems. Praises to Gil Adamson for she's a beautiful writer.

    2. Matthew on said:

      My grandmother is on my back, her glamorous hands slapping at my cheeks like soft gloves. I am her legs. I see forward with her eyes, while she buries her face in my long, wild hair.When I was young, she tied small gold bells to my bed to keep me awake. She ignored the neighbours like they were a truckload of pigeons. On the blackest evenings she took me to the railway tunnel to watch the burning eye of God coming. "There are no stories," she warned me, "Everything is true."- Tunnel, pg. 6* * *I [...]

    3. P. on said:

      I was doing a trial of an ebook service called Freading and their poetry offerings included many selections from a couple of publishers. This was one of them. It had snakes on the cover and mentioned prose poems, westerns and blood in the description. So I downloaded it to try out the process. Then I started reading some of the poems. The first one was just okay but the second one had the phrases "The river slapped the fields away" and then "Today wind rushes the empty house, licks the dinner be [...]

    4. Shari on said:

      Like her THE OUTLANDER, a stunning knit of words beautifully strung together to give a strong sense of place (a 'place,' in fact, that takes me home to Montana as Adamson is a native of the Alberta/Saskatchewan west.)As she says in her Afterword, many of the poems found inspiration in books she had read and written. "Mary" immediately brought THE OUTLANDER to mind and while the poetic Mary's end was different than the end of the fictional Mary, it is easy to see that the one helped influence the [...]

    5. Gea on said:

      Pointless suffering, pointless cruelty, pointless violence. It leaves me to wonder what was going on in Adamson's life when she wrote these poems. If I had not read her novel, Outlander, first, I probably would read no more of her work, feeling she is far to bleak for me to stomach. I love dystopian novels and worlds, but I like to feel that there is a point to survival.I give Ashland three stars, not because it isn't wonderful poetry, but because I just didn't enjoy reading it very much. I pref [...]

    6. Jeffrey on said:

      A very thoughtful collection by a very thoughtful and talented poet!

    7. Katie Fielding on said:

      Loved it! Great after reading the Outlander by same author. Gritty and substantial poetry.

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