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On Purpose #2020

On Purpose Laird s debut collection To a Fault signalled the arrival of a significant new talent doing in its range and ambition wrote Deryn Rees Jones in the Independent than any first collection I

  • Title: On Purpose
  • Author: Nick Laird
  • ISBN: 9780571237388
  • Page: 408
  • Format: Paperback
  • On Purpose By Nick Laird, Laird s debut collection, To a Fault 2005 , signalled the arrival of a significant new talent, doing , in its range and ambition, wrote Deryn Rees Jones in the Independent, than any first collection I can think of in at least the last ten years On Purpose confirms the promise of that first book and shows the author hitting new and yet athletic strides.BlendiLaird s debut collection, To a Fault 2005 , signalled the arrival of a significant new talent, doing , in its range and ambition, wrote Deryn Rees Jones in the Independent, than any first collection I can think of in at least the last ten years On Purpose confirms the promise of that first book and shows the author hitting new and yet athletic strides.Blending tones of assurance and delicacy, of confidence and vulnerability, On Purpose is a collection of poems that takes care and consideration in examining the often brutal arena of human relations, concluding with a mercurial and affecting sequence about a marriage, which takes, as its point of departure, that most influential of military treatise, The Art of War.

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    1. This inventive collection won the Somerset Maugham Award, which is awarded to a writer under the age of 35 The poems in this collection are often personal and detail the hardships of relationships.Nick Laird is probably most well known for being the husband of Zadie Smith If literary stars were like Hollywood celebrities, this power couple might be like Brangelina They just need a clever name Zadick That kind of has a ring to it Overall, I found these poems virile and clever Laird s kindness is [...]

    2. There is in Laird s poetry a keen ear for the sudden rhyme or half rhyme, a discipline in the form, and a vibrating tautness of line that pleases me greatly It sets the stage for his reflections on human nature and relationships, which in a lesser poet might turn histrionic or bitter, but in Laird are always a synthesis of ironic detachment and fierce honesty His lipstick screams, his patron saint of elsewhere, his apotheosis by home improvement these will remain with me for a while In the meant [...]

    3. I found this book while browsing in a bookstore in Pioneer Square I jotted down the title on a scrap of paper which I found about a month later, wondering what the heck it referred to Somehow I remembered and put it on hold I really liked the poems not too long, not too abstract or depressing If I had the book beside me I d quote it.

    4. I liked it It has been a long time since I have read any poetry books Some of the poems I understood better than others My favorites were The Underwood No Four, Appraisal, and The No in November Overall a good start to begin again to exercise my poetry mind.

    5. There s a few really excellent pieces in here But lots that I couldn t connect with or understand at all.

    6. In general, I think Laird hides behind his words A lot of flash and little substance Two stars, because there were a handful of poems that really were luminous.

    7. This book is like the author s pug ugly and mean, compact and a little cute sometimes The poems are all kind of earth toned I liked it.

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