On Reflection David Musgrave

ISBN: 9781876819279

Published: January 28th 2005

Paperback

92 pages


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On Reflection  by  David Musgrave

On Reflection by David Musgrave
January 28th 2005 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 92 pages | ISBN: 9781876819279 | 5.56 Mb

The essential guide to the hall of mirrors - Thomas Crosse On Reflection carried two subtitles, second of which, A Novelty comes some way to suggesting Musgraves refreshing wit. This collection showcases his inventiveness as he constructs inMoreThe essential guide to the hall of mirrors - Thomas Crosse On Reflection carried two subtitles, second of which, A Novelty comes some way to suggesting Musgraves refreshing wit.

This collection showcases his inventiveness as he constructs in alternating prose and verse sections a portrait of the poet as a young flaneur, compressing the events of weeks into something like a day in the life. The poems are sinuous rhythmic variants on sonnets, elegantly sweeping along philosophising, gaucheries and indulgences of the rueful figure who listlessly embodies Sydney fin-de-vingtime-sicle Decadence. The prose sections interleave a narrative that connects the poems reflections on love, money, art and death.

Some of the poems have the mordant bite of Andy Warhols Philosophy from A to Z and Back- poems on friend death and on the dissent from which poetry grows are stunningly fine performances. Musgraves text is alive with wisecracks, broad jokes, puns, (making his bed out of procrustination) as it moves through rhetorical high and low styles to portray mood swings between negative optimism and cheerful melancholic openness to life.

This is a genuinely innovative take on self-consciousness: it cheeks the characters self-pitying hesitation to call himself a poet, celebrates his disappointments and listlessness, and neatly contrasts the the poetry of commerce with what the poet-hero produces - in a word, a memorable production. - Michael Sharkey



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