Soft Sift by Mark Ford

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There are curved stories here, intrigues and quests whose exuberance of plot and sense of farcical immersion in the world of appearances is rendered with a light touch and a sure command of tone, staging the conflict between the mind's drift and the "inflexible etiquette" of form (Gerard Manley Hopkins's "soft sift / In an hourglass"). The making of these condensed dramas is often the unmaking of the person speaking, whose "frets and fresh starts" reveal an original sensibility concerned not with self-display but with a general comedy of wrong moves. Intrepid, cross-pollinated, oblique, Mark Ford has been called an American Philip Larkin and an English John Ashbery, but in fact he is like no one else, and only occasionally like himself.

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Born in Nairobi, Kenya, in 1962, Mark Ford attended Oxford and Harvard. Widely recognized as one of the best poets in England today, his work has been praised by critics and poets alike. Ford lives in London.
Published April 1, 2003 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 64 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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The people in Ford's poems move along misty, up-to-date paths through their cityscapes, musing on problems as recherché as the nature of power, or as ordinary as the end of a romance: "Brinkmanship" imagines "moving/ Through time and air as if each mirrored the other," while the ironically titled...

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London Review of Books

Even if we sense Hopkins’s practice of vowel-variation behind Ford’s manner of alliteration, his music doesn’t resemble the anvil-effect of Hopkins’s immediately successive alliterating words: ‘I caught this morning morning’s minion, king-/dom of daylight’s dauphin, dapple-dawn-drawn falcon.’ We’...

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