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- Publisher: P'kaboo Publishers (November 16, 2012)
- Publication Date: November 16, 2012
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00A92MVZ6
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§6 Poetry, in a general sense, may be defined to be "the expression of the imagination": and poetry is connate with the origin of man. §7 Man is an instrument over which a series of external and internal impressions are driven, like the alternations of an ever-changing wind over an Æolian lyre, which move it by their motion to ever-changing melody.
And this is just how Marie Marshall's Naked in the Sea strikes me. Here we've come face to face with a poetess who defies comparison, the hapless devotée, not merely of her own mortal inspiration, but of the all-embracing immortal spirit of Poetry itself.
Yes, Marie Marshall's Naked in the Sea leaves me naked, body, mind and soul... As Marie herself recently wrote, "To describe is to destroy. Décrire, c'est détruire." Marie never meanly describes; she sublimely pens soul to soul. In her own striking rhythms we may find traces of those of Gerard Manley-Hopkins (1844-1889). And that is not all. Like Gerard Manley-Hopkins before her, she often resorts to mystifying hyphenated turns of phrase. In Hopkins we find such constructs as "wind-wandering weed-winding bank" (Binsey Poplars) and "skies of couple-colour" (Pied Beauty). Likewise, in "Naked in the Sea" [the title poem of the collection] we find, "true-cross of sea-nails", and "later, later still, star-late,..." strikingly reminiscent of Hopkins. On the surface perhaps; in the depths, far from it. Marie Marshall's elocution is far afield from Hopkin's. Given the remarkable sensibility of her poetry... I find myself all but speechless at the sweeping genius that so often informs Naked in the Sea.
This being said, I defy any critic to do justice to her luminous creativity, the soul of her heart's aspirations and desires so eloquently transformed into poetry, in the truest sense of the word. If asked to assign her a place along with the finest poets of the twentieth century, I find that I must rank her with the likes of William Butler Yeats and Edna Saint-Vincent Millay, however much her style and disposition as a poet diverge from theirs, as indeed it does. Marie Marshall shines as a beacon amongst early twenty-first century poets, all too many of whom are mediocre wordsmiths, merely regurgitating the rigidity that characterised so much of the poetry of the twentieth century, a century in which the vast preponderance of poetry seemed sadly oblivious of the halcyon heights of the best of English poetry of the past...
Marie Marshall's poetry is irradiated with the very soul and spirit of rhythm, assonance, alliteration and rhyme that is the hallmark of the most prized of English poetry, past or present. We are somehow aware that she, among a few select contemporary poets, has re-entered the Elysium of historic English poetry, with unique qualities which speak, not for the past, but for the emotional and spiritual needs and aspirations of poetry readers today, in our world of the early third millennium, and on such a scale that she shall, I am sure, endure.
Editor-in-Chief, Describe Adonis Press,
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