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The Lost Country of Sight Poetry Winner Of The 2007 Philip Levine Prize Prize For Poetry It S Difficult To Believe That Neil Aitken S THE LOST COUNTRY OF SIGHT Is A First Book, Since There Is Mastery Throughout The Collection His Ear Is Finely Tuned, And His Capacity For Lyricism Seems Almost Boundless What Stands Out Everywhere In The Poems Is His Imagery, Which Is Not Only Visually Precise But Is Also Possessed Of A Pure Depth The Poems Never Veer Off Into The Sensational They Are Built From Pensiveness And Quietude And An Affection For The World Traveling Through The Prairies, I Think Of My Father S Voice Strikes Me As A Perfectly Made Poem, But Poems Of Similar Grace And Power Are To Be Found Throughout The Book This Is A Debut To Celebrate C.G Hanzlicek, Judge.


10 thoughts on “The Lost Country of Sight

  1. says:

    When I roomed with Neil Aiken at the Kundiman poetry retreat in 2005, I recognized in him another migratory spirit Neil was born in Vancouver, but grew up in Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, and various parts of western Canada and the United States When we met, he was doing his creative writing MFA at the University of California, Riverside, and two years later his first book won the 2007 Philip Levine prize.A road runs through The Lost Country of Sight A road that observes intently the country it enters, and leaves, and then re enters Individually keen, the observations do not, however, describe external realities so much as internal states The poetry is essentially introspective This is its strength, but also its danger It risks making one country very much like another Love, loss, longing these psychological states are distinctly evoked in poem after poem, whereas Taipei, Hsin Chu, Kaohsiung, Saskatoon, Astoria in Oregon , Los Angeles, they are really interchangeable in this poetry.That interchangeability, in turn, poses a question for deeper introspection If one loves a country so much, why does one leave it If one longs for a city so much, why does one not return to it The book does not provide an answer What would such an answer look like It will say something about the poet, something perhaps less immediately likable, say, an addiction to the rush of novelty, or a ruthlessness in remaking life into poem...


  2. says:

    I first met the author at AWP in Chicago this year and heard him read these poems during a Kundiman panel What I like about this book now that I ve had a few months to digest it, is the movement sometimes through grief, sometimes through memory, sometimes through a thoughtful analysis of the landscape There may be snapshots here but it is not a still life in any sense of the word It seems sign...


  3. says:

    One of the richest reads I ve known since I began the journey.


  4. says:

    Highly moving work One of the best books of this year, of any year Full review forthcoming.


  5. says:

    Picked this one up because the author is a fellow blogger on the Poetry Has Value site


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