Aslant But Still Standing

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Beautifully produced by Nottingham’s Shoestring Press, Aslant contains fourteen poems – some about jazz, some not – some haunted by thoughts of mortality – in addition to a dozen photographs by Molly Ernestine Boiling. Now Molly has made a neat little video, newly available on YouTube, in which my reading of two of the poems is juxtaposed with a selection of her photographs and just a touch of Thelonious Monk.

You can view it here …

“John Harvey’s poetry is spacious, unhurried, measured, taking its time to unfurl its effect but keeping its hooks in the reader by careful control of pace and by making every word count.

The photos by Molly E. Boiling are abstract conceptions, many based on buildings seen from unusual angles and reflect the poet’s interest in abstract art. They certainly contribute to what is a very attractive book-object.”
Robin Thomas: The High Window

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“Aslant places John Harvey’s poems alongside evocative photographs by Molly Boiling which provide sharp-edged images of steps, shadows, girders and corners of high buildings. These pictures often suggest entrances and exits or incidental glimpses alongside the telling of a story. Hence they combine well with Harvey’s poems which usually have a strong narrative and reminiscent thread.

“This is no ordinary book: the well-chosen images and the way they complement some consistently satisfying high-quality poems make it, in my view, well worth a tenner of anybody’s money.”
Thomas Owens: London Grip

Aslant is available from bookshop@fiveleaves.co.uk  or contacts@centralbooks.com
or, indeed, bookshops anywhere …

 

 

 

 

Author: John Harvey

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2 thoughts on “Aslant But Still Standing”

  1. Hi John,

    I watched Molly’s video with my partner Maureen and determined straight off that I was having a copy of ‘Aslant’. Maureen, who enjoyed the video too, said she’d buy it me for Christmas. But I couldn’t wait. So now I have a copy and find myself reading poem after poem to Maureen, sharing the photography with her too.

    ‘Aslant’, with your compelling narrative poetry so well complimented by Molly’s amazing abstract photography, is no coffee table browser but a book to immerse oneself in and experience often. Certainly it’ll not be gathering much dust on my shelf!

    Take care,

    Paul

  2. Paul … Grateful for your kind words and very pleased that you and Maureen are deriving as much pleasure from our little book; I’ll pass on your remarks to Molly – just as soon as she gets out of bed!

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