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Carefully Curated
Author:  Adrian Grima,
Publisher:  Poetrywala
Publication Year:  2017
ISBN-13:  9789382749592
Language:  English
Edition:  1
Binding:  Paperback
Pages:  96
Price:  USD 14



About Last-Ditch Ecstasy  
  Adrian Grima ─ in collaboration with his talented and unusually resourceful translator, Albert Gatt ─ has produced a rich and memorable compilation of poems. Their geographical and emotional stew is international in its flavours yet always Maltese in its complex marinations. Grima succeeds in being ─ and these are potent combinations ─ both lyrical and true-to-life, both tender and unblinking, both comforting and challenging. His collection is a thought-provoking joy. -Jim Crace   How can the soul survive the world’s brutality? This is the essential, unanswerable question that Adrian Grima asks in and through his poems, beautifully translated from the Maltese by Albert Gatt. Taut with unexpected collusions, the poems walk the tightrope tensions of time and space.  Turmoil, both emotional and political, is contained within the ascetic rigour of the lines; the mysteries of the distant are brought closer through eyes and lips, taste and touch. In Grima’s world, a lull can be as keen as a knife, blood can be the ultimate betrayal. An arterial anxiety courses through his work. Between “thistle and sun”, between skin and skin, between “departure and return”, the poet repeatedly alerts us to the heart-breaking fragility of the body, besieged. Coexistent with his bruising awareness of damage is his faith in contact, in simple human pleasures, a conversation, a pot of flowers, a meal. Deeply intelligent and moving, here is a book with “sky in its wings, migration in its heart”. Read it, be shattered, then soar. -Sampurna Chattarji

 

Adrian Grima ─ in collaboration with his talented and unusually resourceful translator, Albert Gatt ─ has produced a rich and memorable compilation of poems. Their geographical and emotional stew is international in its flavours yet always Maltese in its complex marinations. Grima succeeds in being ─ and these are potent combinations ─ both lyrical and true-to-life, both tender and unblinking, both comforting and challenging. His collection is a thought-provoking joy.

-Jim Crace

 

How can the soul survive the world’s brutality? This is the essential, unanswerable question that Adrian Grima asks in and through his poems, beautifully translated from the Maltese by Albert Gatt. Taut with unexpected collusions, the poems walk the tightrope tensions of time and space.  Turmoil, both emotional and political, is contained within the ascetic rigour of the lines; the mysteries of the distant are brought closer through eyes and lips, taste and touch. In Grima’s world, a lull can be as keen as a knife, blood can be the ultimate betrayal. An arterial anxiety courses through his work. Between “thistle and sun”, between skin and skin, between “departure and return”, the poet repeatedly alerts us to the heart-breaking fragility of the body, besieged. Coexistent with his bruising awareness of damage is his faith in contact, in simple human pleasures, a conversation, a pot of flowers, a meal. Deeply intelligent and moving, here is a book with “sky in its wings, migration in its heart”. Read it, be shattered, then soar.

-Sampurna Chattarji


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