Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Just out! Elizabeth Robinson's book of poetry Three Novels (Omnidawn 2011), which "recasts three mysterious novels into poetic prose fragments." The three novels Robinson are Wilkie Collins's The Woman in White (1860) and The Moonstone (1868), and George Gissing's Eve's Ransom (1895).

Robinson explains, "I wanted to make distinct formal decisions in shaping these poems so that the particularities of the books would be more evident. [For example,] The Moonstone is said to be the first detective novel and so, in the poem of the same name, I wanted to alternate quasi-prose blocks that had a kind of prose-like orderliness with more open passages that addressed what I saw as the affective undercurrent of the book" in an interview here. Excerpts here and here, and more info here. An review here, and an interview with Robinson here.

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