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The City with Horns by Tamar Yoseloff
  

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The City with Horns is Tamar Yoseloff’s new collection which explores the city closely within the creative, visionary life and work of Jackson Pollock. Yoseloff beautifully captures the essence of a modern world; a world full of vivid expression much like Pollock’s work. Set in three parts, the poems move from a desolate urban existence, to a city of interaction, to a painful Indian summer. Just like the modernist poets, Yoseloff gives a voice to ‘all the things I can’t remember:/ names, dates, faces. The city renders everything/ anonymous, disposable.’ (London Particular) The density within this collection is in keeping with Pollock’s turbulent lifestyle, and the relation of his art to life. Indeed, the need to address visual leaps from many of the poems: ‘There are no lyric dimensions/ to its flat grey surface’ (Concrete). This collection screams modernity, and for anyone who is looking to engross themselves in a reality all too familiar, Tamar Yoseloff is the poet for you.

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The City with Horns by Tamar Yoseloff

Every artist paints what he is , said Jackson Pollock, the iconic figure of the American Abstract Expressionist movement. His tumultuous life and his revolutionary vision provide the storyline for the main sequence of poems in The City with Horns, Tamar Yoseloff's fourth collection, in which Yoseloff plays ventriloquist to the voices of Pollock; his wife, the painter Lee Krasner; and his mistress, Ruth Kligman (who survived the car crash that killed him). The characters of James Dean, Frank O'Hara and William de Kooning are also woven into the narrative. And it is Pollock's dictum that provides the departure point for other poems which chart the attempt to find hidden meanings - whether through driving blind on a road at night, reading James Joyce in a Japanese restaurant, or gazing at a concrete wall. In The City with Horns , you will find journeys through the poet's adopted city of London and through turbulent weather, on trains, into fields that conjure up the past, and around junk yards where treasure can be found. This is Yoseloff's most challenging collection to date.

About the Author

Tamar Yoseloff was born in the US in 1965. She is the author of three poetry collections, the most recent entitled Fetch (Salt, 2007). She is also the author of Marks, a collaboration with the artist Linda Karshan, and the editor of A Room to Live In: A Kettle's Yard Anthology. Her upcoming collection, The City with Horns, is due in May 2011. She lives in London, where she is a freelance tutor in creative writing.

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Publication date

30th November 1999

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Tamar Yoseloff

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9781844718184

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