Voluntary ePub (Adobe DRM) download by Adam Thorpe


Vintage Digital
Publication date: March 2012
ISBN: 9781448137336
Digital Book format: ePub (Adobe DRM)

Buy ePub

Our price:

From an abandoned rowing boat in Estonia full of wild flowers to a swimming pool in the Congo full of drowned insects, Adam Thorpe's new collection takes us on a wide-ranging journey through states of gain and loss, alienation and belonging. In the title poem, the poet disturbs a flock of geese by his mere presence, and one goose takes the wrong direction, away from the flock, as a 'voluntary exile'. A bid for freedom, or a mistake?

These poems explore our chances, record our traces - in the marks on skin, home movies, stone walls, the pressure of our blood, or the clearing of a dying father's study: 'foraging backwards' until something is revealed, however tentative. As always in Thorpe's work, history's violence lurks in the margins: in the silent oppression of Roman roads, a polluting pipeline in Africa or the bombing of the Alcala train, he takes the gauge of our wider compulsions, of all that decides things for us. Against this he sets what, through the other meaning of 'voluntary', suggests chance's extempore music: the gleeful play of a sea-otter, the extraordinary gift of a passing gull to his small daughter, or poetry itself.

Adam Thorpe is now celebrated as a novelist, but he began as a poet. Voluntary, his sixth collection, is a timely reminder of the elegance, skill and remarkable range of this most gifted English writer.

Please sign in to review this product.
Voluntary ePub (Adobe DRM) can be read on any device that can open ePub (Adobe DRM) files.

File Size:
107 Kb
Copy From Text:
Other books by Adam Thorpe
The Rules of Perspective: A Novel ePub (Adobe DRM) download by Adam Thorpe
The Rules of Perspective: A Novel
Adam Thorpe
Henry Holt and Co., December 2013
ISBN: 9780312426583
Format: ePub
Our price: $7.99
Thérèse Raquin ePub (Adobe DRM) download by Adam Thorpe
Thérèse Raquin
Adam Thorpe & Emile Zola
Vintage Digital, October 2013
ISBN: 9780099573524
Format: ePub
List Price: $31.40 Our price: $28.99
Madame Bovary ePub (Adobe DRM) download by Gustave Flaubert
Madame Bovary
Gustave Flaubert & Adam Thorpe
Modern Library, August 2013
ISBN: 9780812985207
Format: ePub
Our price: $9.99
Nine Lessons From The Dark ePub (Adobe DRM) download by Adam Thorpe
Nine Lessons From The Dark
Adam Thorpe
Vintage Digital, January 2013
ISBN: 9780224063852
Format: ePub
List Price: $14.11 Our price: $11.99
Recently Viewed Products