Scott Buy this book In his sparkling new book, Against the Grain:
I very much appreciated the time that I suspect went in to endorsements on my books, and I suspect I spend longer on endorsements than on reviews — not least because there is such a small amount of space.
How differently do you read a collection when it is for writing a endorsement? I really only offer endorsements for the work of people with whose writing I am familiar, so I suppose I start with a firmer sense of what to expect.
I think this first business-like approach frees me up to read it a second or third time for enjoyment. I read them and dip in and out. So I suppose you could say it is a lot more scrupulous, even than a review.
It is polite to be scrupulous. What key themes did you notice cropping up in All the Naked Daughters? In a word, skin. There is also quite an enjoyably surreal relationship with the dead — ghosts, voices from the past, women who were painted.
And the imagery is quite surgical: The hillside is a patient for the surgeon of the sky. The day opens and closes about us like scissors. Perhaps I mean forensic.
How hard is it to sum everything up in so few words? What tips can you share on short and sweet? Or easy if you immerse yourself in a book like this, I suppose. I have no tips other than to micro-read as well as skim.
You have to get into the detail, and, with a bit of experience, a phrase will turn up. For me, this was a great book to review, because the poetry I like is at the surreal end of the spectrum, and also quite cool — a sort of mixture of odd imagery and cool voice.
Bill Greenwell endorses Kisby: These are glittering transformations: They are also extremely tactile and sensuous. Kisby, an archivist by trade, has produced a stunning cabinet of curiosities.
Penelope Shuttle endorses Greenwell: Here is one of the sharpest tongues around in the poetry world, one of the sharpest pair of eyes, and the sharpest of hearts.
Acute observation, recollection, wit and deep feeling are directed by the energy of imagination and focus of craft in a long and sustained collection that sees this poet at the top of his game, holding his nerve on the knife-edge of experience.
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