Back to the War
More than 30 years in the making, Frank Davey’s careful archaeology of the catalogue of innocence his youthful imagination assembled growing up in and immediately after World War II is a work of astonishment.
This is no lyrical work of sentimental nostalgia, no attempt to return to a romanticized “simpler past,” no rediscovery of “the child within,” but rather a careful reconstruction of “the child without.” The reader moves through these poems, neither sanitized nor updated by their passage through experience, as one would through a gallery installation of intensely personal epiphanies, both frightening and ecstatic, lucid and obscure. They are stripped of any cultural preconception, a Blakean vision of the good and evil men and women do as they engage the other in a world at war—a world where the war is always somewhere else, but where the enemy, unseen, is everywhere present in the invented surrogates of combat.
14 pages matching hear in this book
Results 1-3 of 14
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
arches asks my grandmother back porch basement battleship beside blackout curtain bought bpNichol brassiere brown calls cherry tree chesterfield Christmas Come-on-Steve comes compost pile dark dining room door dot-dot-dot dream Empress of Asia father says father's brother flowers Fraser River Fraser Valley Flood front garage girl grandad grandmother says hands hangs Hatzic Lake hear hee hee hole inside jacket Jeannie Johann Sebastian Bach keep kids kitchen knees lane laughs lawn light look Mimi mother & grandmother mother says never once outhouse piano picnic pink play plum trees prize-winning Ray Oberlander Richard Davies runs rush sawdust says my grandmother says my mother shit sidewalk someone stands stop Tamar house Tante Anna teal green tells There's thing tits tram truck upstairs Vancouver village walk wearing What's white carnations Willamette Valley window woman