By Catherine Greenwood,Don McKay
Notable e-book within the 2005 Kiriyama Prize and longlisted for the 2005 ReLit Awards
Catherine Greenwood attracts at the tales and legends which encompass the advance of cultured pearls through Mikimoto, the brilliant Pearl King, to interact a wealthy array of topics, together with the conflict among an aesthetics of refinement and nuance, and mass manufacture. With discerning wit and a wide variety of kinds and voices, she holds up every one topic for contemplation as if it have been a pearl, and explores the occasionally strange outcomes of an overpowering rage for beauty.
As the seal is robust and breathes air,
because the fish is fast and breathes water,
So make me, a mermaid powerful and quick.
Bless me with abalone considerable as mushrooms,
Oysters losing ripe as plums into my palm.
allow my births maintain me ashore a couple of days only,
just for a short while enable labour make me rest.
from "The Diving ladies’ Prayer"
When, in different sections of the e-book, Catherine Greenwood turns her realization to such concerns because the nonetheless delivery of a calf, tooth, moles, or the Shetland Island stone, she does so with a similar deal with the precise healthy of favor, an identical sharply-angled craft.
"The old Taoists believed pearl used to be grounded on the soul’s centre, that it took knowledge and readability to create its essence. Catherine Greenwood’s first number of poems is evidence of that. here's a new pearl, the start of a strand i am hoping, that might remain extra to with such intensity of box and luminosity." - Don Domanski
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The Pearl King and Other Poems by Catherine Greenwood,Don McKay