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Gift Songs by John Burnside
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To the Shakers, a good song was a gift; indeed the test of a song s goodness was how much of a gift it was. In their call to labour to make the way of God your own , Shaker artists expressed an aesthetic that had much in common with the old Japanese notion, attributed to Hokusai, that to paint bamboo, one had first to become bamboo. In his tenth collection, John Burnside begins with an interrogation of the gift song, treating matters of faith and connection, the community of living creatures and the idea of a free church where faith is placed, not in dogma or a possible credo, but in the indefinable and moves on through explorations of time and place, towards a tentative and idiosyncratic re-ligere, the beginnings of a renewal of the connection to, and faith in, an ordered world. The book closes with a series of meditations on place, entitled Four Quartets , intended both as a spiritual response to the string quartets of Bart k and Britten (as Eliot s were to Beethoven s late quartets), and as an experiment in the poetic form that the finest of poets, the true miglior fabbro, chose as a medium for his own declaration of faith. The poems in this collection are true gifts-

Author Biography

John Burnside has published five works of fiction and nine previous collections of poetry, including The Asylum Dance, which won the 2000 Whitbread Poetry Award. His Selected Poems was published in 2006, alongside his celebrated memoir, A Lie About My Father.
Release date NZ
March 1st, 2007
Author
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Jonathan Cape Ltd
Pages
112
Dimensions
130x198x9
ISBN-13
9780224079976
Product ID
1661822

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