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review House of Lords and Commons Ö eBook or Kindle ePUB Ü A stunning collection that traverses the borders of culture and time from the 2011 winner of the PENJoyce Osterweil AwardIn House of Lords and Commons the revelatory and vital new collection of poems from the winner of the 2013 Whiting Writers' Award in poetry IshionCked narrative seuences and tumultuous personae With ears tuned to the vernacular the collection vividly binds us to what is terrifying about happiness loss and the lure of the sea House of Lords and Commons testifies to the particular courage it takes to wade unsettled uncertain and unfettered in the wake of our shared human experience. Powerful often devastating poems like the elegy in five parts October’s Levant reveal Hutchinson as a poet of realized promise His imagery evokes the islands of the Caribbean “October inconsolable the asphaltBordering the seagrass warm and silverIn the blazing afternoon so I knowI am alive and you are not”There are poems that confront ineuality“the abominationOpulence to sualor worsening never the inverse” The DifferenceHutchinson knows how to end a poem memorably“the blue water whitens and collects you in its salt mine” A Farther Shore“the train’sbeam arriving on its cold nerve of iron” StationThe horror of Phaeton“an empty third eyeThe bullet drilled into his forehead”These are poems informed by myth and history; poems that don’t dodge the elaboration of language but welcome incantations like“steel fronds of unsheathed Christianity spearedthe soul of the arrowroot and wild maize and erected bellsrid the clanging shells of their healing”The music that invests each line is classical symphonic at times operaticFinally the masterly title poem“a furnace in my father’s voice I prayed for the coal stove’sroses a cruise ship lit like a castleon fire in the harbor we never walkedFather and son”The passion in the lines“Light sprinkled my hair; I rejoiced a pouitree hit by the sun in the roomA man a man”Which concludes“a herd of darkness gathering to passage unto Shilohwhere the Lord of Summer liveskindling a coal fire”A native of Jamaica Hutchison is a worthy successor to the islander Derek WalcottAnd we may expect celebrated volumes from him

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A stunning collection that traverses the borders of culture and time from the 2011 winner of the PENJoyce Osterweil AwardIn House of Lords and Commons the revelatory and vital new collection of poems from the winner of the 2013 Whiting Writers' Award in poetry Ishion Hutchinson returns to the difficult beauty of the Jamaican landscape w. Just finished reading wonderful poetry book HOUSE OF LORDS AND COMMONS by Ishion Hutchinson born in Jamaica and an assistant professor at Cornell University Talk about language that slices through the skin; his diction is stark challenging dark haunting lyrical and lovely I love his rage against politics his poignant understanding of tenderness and fatherhood There is wonderful irony and edgy violence but his authenticity makes this an amazingly beautiful book A must read

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House of Lords and CommonsIth remarkable lyric precision Here the poet holds his world in full focus but at an astonishing angle from the violence of the seventeenth century English Civil War as refracted through a mythic sea wanderer right down to the dark interior of loveThese poems arrange the contemporary continuum of home and abroad into a wonderment of cra. I started this in 2016