“Like Joyce, Nabokov was first a poet.” Thomas Karshan wrote this as the first sentence in his amazing introduction for the book Vladimir Nabokov: Collected Poems. If one wants to understand Nabokov more, this collection could be of a great help rather than reading his renowned and celebrated novels. Not to eliminate the significance of his novels, such as Lolita, but this collection of Nabokov’s poems brought a series of moments together more than a chronicle, shining with various poetic images on those crucial time spans in Nabokov’s life.
Lana Del Rey published her first poetry collection, Violet Bent Backwards Over the Grass 2020 in September, however, she is a poem in many’s mind for quite a long time. Wonderfully composed, poems are of Lana Del Rey’s retro style, painfully deep. She’s not the joy slicer. In this debut poetry collection, she raised questions as well as gave answers, quite positive, optimistic, enabling and empowering. No cliche. Poems also offer a kind of silent feeling, subtly giving a breeze to the fatigue that we carry each day.
Sealed in Future Library Project, Margaret Atwood’s Scribbler Moon will be read only in 2114, but her newly published poetry collection Dearly just became available for her readers on 10th November 2020. Her previous poetry collection was published a decade ago and the fierce global pandemic we were facing both make this much anticipated new poetry collection more “dearly” to us.
Speaking about narration of one’s life, there will always be versions, rumours, tales, traces; some will be on wikipedia, some will be sealed in national security data, but only the each of us will encounter the soul-searching question when nothing from outside could fulfil — what does this life mean? Hours, days, months or decades go by, the battered self stoop to reach the ground we once wanted to leave so badly.
Mary Jean Chan repeats “ark” already twice in the opening poems in Flèche, which reminds me a sentence I contributed to our collective poem — each person a stanza — for the poetry class. It […]
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