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Art of Escape, Paperback / softback Book

Art of Escape Paperback / softback


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:
  • Category: Poetry by individual poets
  • ISBN: 9781784108823



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