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"Tumultuous, vibrant, tragic and over too soon." --"Newsday"
Handwriting is Michael Ondaatje's first new book of poetry since The Cinnamon Peeler. The exquisite poems collected here draw on history, mythology, landscape, and personal memories to weave a rich tapestry of images that reveal the longing for--and expose the anguish over--lost loves, homes, and language, as the poet contemplates scents and gestures and evokes a time when "handwriting occurred on waves, / on leaves, the scripts of smoke" and remembers a woman's "laughter with its / intake of breath. Uhh huh."
Crafted with lyrical delicacy and seductive power, Handwriting reminds us of Michael Ondaatje's stature as one of the finest poets writing today.
"Richly sensual images.... [Ondaatje] contracts the narrative to a few concrete images, giving his verse a mysterious reticence." --The New York Times Book Review
"Poems that are virtual hybrids of the contemporary and the ancient." --Boston Book Review
"Smooth poetic lines.... Another finely polished Ondaatje gem." -- Time Out-New York
"Extremely beautiful." --Robert Hass, The Washington Post