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Lark Apprentice by Louise Mathias
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.3" Width: 5.8" Height: 0.3" Weight: 0.2 lbs.
Publisher New Issues Poetry & Prose
ISBN 1930974418 ISBN13 9781930974418
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More About Louise Mathias
Louise Mathias grew up in England and Los Angeles, and currently splits her time between Long Beach, California and South Bend, Indiana. She is the author of LARK APPRENTICE, which was chosen by Brenda Hillman for the New Issues Prize, and published by New Issues Press in 2004. Her poems have been published in journals such as Prairie Schooner, Epoch, Boulevard, Crazyhorse, DENVER QUARTERLY and The Journal. Poems from her new manuscript-in-progress The Traps, appear or are forthcoming in Triquarterly, Massachusetts Review, Pool, The Laurel Review, Diagram, Many Mountains Moving and Perihelion. She was educated at the University of Southern California, and works as a fundraising consultant.
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silk liquifaction Jul 30, 2008
Mathias's book is a navigation between gods and bodies, between trespass and impasse. It is language and syntax as frisson, as incandescence: a series of lyrical matrices that flutter like sundresses, more sensual than sexual, more haptical than optical. Mathias repeatedly employs the word "lush," precisely describing her own poems with their nod towards Herrick and his liquefactions. Yet, among light's liquidity and the lark's song, one "is supposed to call to mind / the murderous trees, / rootless and brooding for roots". There is a sense that the speaker(s) of the poems is well aware of Cavafy's terror at "how quickly that dark line gets longer, / how quickly the snuffed-out candles proliferate"; and yet, reading Mathias's book is to touch that electric hand in the darkness, reminding one what bittersweet eros is embedded in being alive.
Beautiful poems Mar 14, 2005
This is a beautiful book. I heard the author read from it, and what she was saying about beauty being necessary to counter the darker aspects of life really comes across in these poems. Subterranean is one of the most beautiful, mysterious and tender poems I've read.
New light on LA's literary scene Dec 31, 2004
I saw Mathias read recently and she seems poised to become a bright light on LA's poetry scene. These poems are full of loose, delicate and lovely tendrils. Carefully composed yet full of fire and emotion-- poems that are equal parts poise and control and reckless beauty. That she has is a lovely physical presence perhaps shouldn't matter except that she was wonderful to watch read in part because of that.
Beside the Ocean May 3, 2004
The poems in Lark Apprentice burn with color, pale and liquid, and they expand on the page, intense with brevity, not spare or light. What it is to be a woman, or human, or to love, or need love, to writhe with those tensions-- that's what's here. The book stands out on its own merits. They could have been written by ANONYMOUS. Read the poems for the poems.
Mysterious, in a good way Apr 29, 2004
The poems in this book may be a bit mysterious, but this is part of what makes them interesting. This book was recommended to me by someone who knows the poet and I am glad because I probably never would have found this terrific book. Not to be sexist, but she's pretty easy on the eyes too. Great pictures on her website.