Among Mina Gorji's poems in New Poetries V (2011) was one about Houdini entitled `The Art of Escape' which returns here as the title poem.
This colourful and vivid first collection continues the course of Mina Gorji's meticulous explorations of `the strange and sometimes darker side of nature: poisonous plants, fruit-fly mating, weeds, slugs, wasps' nests.
I am drawn to things that might seem ugly or rebarbative but, on closer inspection, have their own beauty and intricacy.
Often a poem begins with information, found in a book or conversation, a fact which has a resonance or a cadence which makes it stand out.
Something has to happen to turn this into a poem, something strange and unpredictable, a process of calm and obsessive tinkering, from which sounds and patterns emerge and gather into shape.' This book is a wonderful casting off - escape - from that starting point into the complex waters of adult life, in which change has become the constant.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 64 pages
- Publisher: Carcanet Press Ltd
- Publication Date: 30/01/2020
- Category: Poetry by individual poets
- ISBN: 9781784108823