Orchestrating the gaps

Orchestrating the gaps

Ecstacies and Elegies: Poems

by Paul Carter

UWA Publishing, $24.99 pb, 188 pp, 9781742585611

It may seem strange to begin a review of Paul Carter’s extraordinary poetry collection by quoting the words of another writer, but these lines of Boris Pasternak’s – taken from his essay in The Poet’s Work (1989), a collection of writings by twentieth-century poets on their art – seem particularly pertinent:

By its inborn faculty of hearing, poetry
seeks out the melody of
nature amid the tumult of the
dictionary, and then, picking it up
as one picks up a tune, abandons itself to
improvisation upon that theme.

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Published in August 2014 no. 363
Jennifer Harrison

Jennifer Harrison

Jennifer Harrison’s most recent poetry collection, Colombine: New and Selected Poems (Black Pepper, 2010), was shortlisted for the Western Australian Premier’s Poetry Prize.

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Comments (2)

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    Pat, you mean 'ecstasies'? That aside, the question is apposite. Where does Carter's spelling of the word come from? Anyone?

    Friday, 26 September 2014 18:09 posted by altercatio
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    Since when did 'ectasies' become 'ecstacies'?

    Tuesday, 26 August 2014 17:04 posted by Patrick Buckridge

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