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Year of the Lion Andrew Pidoux

Year of the Lion

Andrew Pidoux

Published November 1st 2010
ISBN : 9781844717910
Paperback
96 pages
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Andrew Pidouxs Year of the Lion is at once accessible and strange, like a public dream. In the title poem, a society is gripped by a sudden craze for having pet lions. Elsewhere, a mutated frog baby is born in Kansas to an adoring mum and crazedMoreAndrew Pidouxs Year of the Lion is at once accessible and strange, like a public dream. In the title poem, a society is gripped by a sudden craze for having pet lions. Elsewhere, a mutated frog baby is born in Kansas to an adoring mum and crazed angels spin around the dome of a church like wisps of wild laundry. The collection includes many tender portraits of artists, philosophers and writers who each revel in the liberating capabilities of the imagination. Here you will find the unsettling surrealist painter Leonora Carrington, the self-effacing writer Robert Walser and the reality-bending philosophers Deleuze and Guattari, all brought to life in tributes that endeavor to channel their original vividness. Another preoccupation is the animal world, particularly what we can see in it of ourselves. A hunted deer flashes a womans face, feral cats are furred with human fears while giraffes terrorize the peaceful English countryside. just as often it is unknown or unnamed artists who stake their place alongside the greats in Pidouxs poems. A gypsy woman melts into her art in Playing with Fire, while in The Cove Dweller a would-be writer flips open her laptop like a limpid secret. Places too inform this geographically widely spaced collection, though here as elsewhere, Pidoux describes only what the imaginative would see--unreal cities, deserts subjected to mirages and a post-communist seaside resort locked in sunshine. Another preoccupation is the animal world, particularly what we can see in it of ourselves. A hunted deer flashes a womans face, feral cats are furred with human fears while giraffes terrorize the peaceful English countryside. Writing in a wide range of forms from the sonnet to the demanding terza rima, this technically accomplished poet never sacrifices clarity and directness, making this collection both challenging and compulsively readable.