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Of Mutability Paperback – January 1, 2011
Intrusion: A Novel
A loving couple, grieving the loss of their son, finds their marriage in free fall when a beautiful, long-lost acquaintance inserts herself into their lives. Learn More
Top Customer Reviews
hungry noises, to ears set
uneven for range."
She makes you experience the feathers growing on your cheeks, the extraordinary power of funnelling the sound of dust particles, the vision that carves its path through the night, and the sensation of flight in perfect silence, soaring in the updraft from a ravine. It would be wonderful if visitors could take away with them a copy of this poem to bring to life the experience of the nature of an owl more vividly than photographs and toys can possibly do.
It is one of many poems in her volume, 'Of Mutability', which proves that acute natural and scientific observation can fire imagination more powerfully than any flights of fancy. In other poems the inspiration may be a botanist's insight into the growth of trees, an anatomist's awareness of the flow of blood or a neuroscientist's understanding of our ability to filter out irrelevant stimuli.
There is no contradiction between such technical precision and other sources of inspiration, such as Ovid's tales of magical transformations from human to beast in 'Metamorphoses', Pushkin's short stories, Schoernberg's music or Helen Chadwick's art. Her imagination is the power to see the likeness between apparently unlike objects or experiences. Her experience of entering hospital to undergo surgery for cancer is inseparably yoked to the invasion of Iraq on the same day.Read more ›