Visibility: New and Selected Poems.

Mort, G. R. (2007) Visibility: New and Selected Poems. Seren. ISBN 9-781-85411-439-6

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Visibility is a major retrospective of Mort's work including over thirty new poems written in the census period (see pp.11-56). The process of retrospection was itself a research exercise re-defining earlier writing and leading to innovation in new poems. Whilst each poem has its provenance in personal experience they also engage with settings that relate interiority to exterior events. The new poems experiment with much freer spatial and metrical forms of verse that are, nonetheless, often underpinned by formal structures relating to musical ideas, such as the continuous 'pulse' that replaces bars of metrical time in some forms of jazz. The poems address a number of subjects: some deal with loss, love, and family, whilst others are marked by an historical, or political inflection. Much of the volume's significance lies in its sheer range which, in a sense, is an expression of personal vitality set against the forces of entropy; equally important is the way in which the small time-scale of each poem wars against the weight of historical time. Reviewing Visibility for The Guardian (3.11.07), Sarah Crown writes, 'This book 'perfectly exhibits the blend of formal scrupulousness, sensory evocation and intellectual rigour that has shaped ' [Mort's] reputation.' RAE_import_type : Authored book RAE_uoa_type : English Language and Literature
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