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The Ringing World by Tricia. Dearborn

The Ringing World

by Tricia. Dearborn

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This engaging collection charts a wild ride. In the process, The Ringing World unflinchingly confronts joys and losses as well as exploring more everyday preoccupations. The writing is at times provocative and sensual, at others slyly meditative, but always fearless, compressed, precise.
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This book feels like a late-night conversation among friends – one of those conversations where guards come down and people talk easily and openly, crying a little and laughing a lot, about a first kiss (‘The changes’), about the moment when you realise your mother is a vulnerable being (‘Mother seen from below’, especially part iii, ‘Shard’) and other childhood memories (I particularly like ‘The smiley spoon’), about the death of a baby niece (‘The quiet house’), about tinnitus (‘The ringing world’), about your creepy empathy for someone who volunteers to be eaten (‘Eat my secrets’), about proofreading (‘Galley slaves’), about those fanciful moments when it feels that the world is sending you a message (‘Memo’) or you’re caught off guard coolly contemplating your own death (‘Gravity’ and ‘The waiting earth’), about dramatic (‘Projectile’) or sweetly romantic (‘Anniversary’) moments in a long-term relationship. It’s not the intimacy of the confessional, the therapy room or the pillow, but it is intimate. And tactful – never Too Much Information, which is quite an achievement given that one or two poems (especially ‘Come in, lie down’) are pretty explicit about sex, and there's one avowal of love (‘You are my perfect’). ( )
  shawjonathan | Sep 23, 2012 |
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