To the god of rain

Liardet, T (2003) To the god of rain. Seren, Bridgend. ISBN 9781854113351


In Tim Liardet's fourth poetry collection, his complex, intricate, and fascinating poems are like miniature novellas, full of incident and atmosphere. Their titles set scenes, such as "Whisky Drinker Considers his Skirmish with Death," A Futurist Looks at a Dog," and "Re-reading Lolita in a Tropical Climate." Characters are delineated in swift, ironic strokes, and strange coincidences are celebrated. The peculiar vertigo of travel, a mixture of fear and excitement, permeates many of the poems. Love also induces dizzying states in poems such as "Tremble" and its companion piece, "Tremble, Tremble."

Item Type: Book

Forty poems which attempt to use Futurist painting, with particular reference to Umberto Boccioni's triptych States of Mind, as well as work by other Futurist painters, as the visual language for a period of turbulent personal change. The poems continue the work of interpretation which the paintings began, using them as a frame within which personal emotion can be explored. The paintings provide the visual language for the poems; the poems provide a semiotic interpretation of the paintings. Central to this project is a sonnet sequence scattered through the book as a means of providing unity to the collection; the sonnets themselves, individually, are a loose reworking of the traditional form, experimenting in the hinterland between free verse and metre and rhyme, trying to 'update' the form and bring it into a new earshot, with a nod, perhaps, to Geoffrey Hill's reworking of the same form. The first twelve lines of each are linked conceptually and are linked by assonantal sounds, but are loosely proffered. The final couplet is always comprised of near or pure rhyme.

Divisions: School of Writing, Publishing and the Humanities
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