Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
The Mermaid Poems Paperback – February 2, 2012
The Amazon Book Review
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now
Top Customer Reviews
The book is called The Mermaid Poems. Its opening epigraph is a short poem titled "The Mermaid" by Yeats, in which a mermaid embraces and makes love to a young male swimmer and drowns him as she clutches him to her in a fatal dive. Martin takes this elemental conflict between Eros and Thanatos as his theme, exploring and enriching its embodiment in the legend of Odysseus and the Sirens; the archetype that Robert Graves studied as the White Goddess; and a downward displacement of the Medusa myth. There are also echos of Yeats' Byzantium poems in the protagonist's wish and resistance to merge with awesome power and beauty that the mermaid represents, perhaps a reflection of the poet's attraction to what Yeats called "the artifice of eternity," when contemplating his options in old age. For now, however, the poet rejects the merger: he "has promises to keep" and if not miles, at least an interval marked by unspent creation, invention, and desire, before he sleeps.
When a painter who loves music takes up poetry, we are treated to a multi-media experience. The Sirens, be it recalled, sang irresistibly. Odysseus had to be bound to the mast of his ship to resist their music. Martin exploits this. She carols, she sounds, she flutes, rings, chitters and brays. The bewildering array of her voices engulfs him. The painter's infatuation with color and texture is everywhere in evidence in the poems: "Patches of emerald scales/ hot with day glow blue/ Hard all over like a baby/ pig/ Coral eyes, hair the colour/ of breezes that blow it about...Read more ›
He merges his vision as a painter into the written word seamlessly and fearlessly.
One has to read and re-read the poems to fully grasp their complexity.
The Mermaid Poems are written with wit and candor, with erotic and sensitive undertones-genius.
I cannot add to the review by Dr. William Fried. It is so complete.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Knox Martin's " The Mermaids Poems " is to open a box from Tiffany's beautifully crafted gems of poetry in vivid coloursPublished on August 7, 2013 by creative thought
These poems are a must read!
I am a fan of the painter Knox Martin and am now a fan of the poet Knox Martin.