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The Treekeeper's Tale

Pascale Petit
ISBN-13: 
9781854114716
Format: 
Paperback
Publication Date: 
Saturday, October 18, 2008
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Well known for the fierce confessional imagery of her first three books, The Treekeeper's Tale points towards another facet of the poet's gift, an intense feeling for the natural world, allied with a personal response to historical incidents and to other lands. The title section of this four-part collection adopts the giant coast redwood trees in California as a particular talisman. Lyrical, resonant, strange and imaginative, these poems echo in the mind and leave an indelible impression of the mysterious atmosphere of the redwood forests. The second section, ‘Afterlives’, takes us on journeys to the past, as in the burial of a Siberian priestess, and on trips to other places including China, Nepal and Kazakhstan. The colourful paintings of the German expressionist Franz Marc, such as the famous red and blue horses series, provide the key to the third section, War Horse, where dramatic imagery of the horses blends and contrasts with the tragic fate of Europe during World War One. The final part, ‘The Chrysanthemum Lantern’, features sensitive translations from Chinese originals.

"No other British poet I am aware of can match the powerful mythic imagination of Pascale Petit." Les Murray, TLS Books of the Year

"She operates a glittery, concise, deeply responsible magic realism, which explores the exotic, the wilderness and the faraway scrupulously for their own sake, but also as leaping metaphors for the relationships of home. Ruth Padel, Independent on Sunday
 

Listen to Pascale Petit read her poem, ‘Chandelier-Tree’:
 

 

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“deeply entrancing… filled with vivid poems of colour and nature, inseparable features of Petit’s art. Her exploration of nature in startlingly original, even drastic, ways, drives deep into a visionary world.”

08/03/2010 - 13:25
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“The Treekeeper’s Tale is full of otherworldliness, unnerving omen and the possibility of transcendence and escape. At times heavily poetic, Petit is rarely decorative, every horse, flower, silence or moon locates a feeling. Sensitivity is not explained, but located through the imagination, through the making of worlds and the agents that inhabit them.”

08/03/2010 - 13:19

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“The Treekeeper’s Tale is full of otherworldliness, unnerving omen and the possibility of transcendence and escape. At times heavily poetic, Petit is rarely decorative, every horse, flower, silence or moon locates a feeling. Sensitivity is not explained, but located through the imagination, through the making of worlds and the agents that inhabit them.”

08/03/2010 - 13:19
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Review from THE NORTH

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“deeply entrancing… filled with vivid poems of colour and nature, inseparable features of Petit’s art. Her exploration of nature in startlingly original, even drastic, ways, drives deep into a visionary world.”

08/03/2010 - 13:25
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