A Velvet Increase of Curiosity

Description

76 pages
$12.00
ISBN 1-55022-199-X
DDC C811'.54

Author

Publisher

Year

1993

Contributor

Reviewed by Beryl Baigent

Beryl Baigent is a poet; her published collections include Absorbing the
Dark, Hiraeth: In Search of Celtic Origins, Triptych: Virgins, Victims,
Votives, and Mystic Animals.

Review

The poems in this volume are self-reflective: poems about themselves,
about poetry, about writing. “Cloudburst” is a metaphor for
“formless to lack of form” in poetry. “Not Hear ... Yet”
describes the desire to break away from conventional speech: “long
words trickling a flood of rhetoric / a dry vivid dusty and static /
clinging to a network / vocabulary.” In “Articulation,” the poet
speaks of “an habitual hoax” and one wonders if this is her entire
intention.

Downe appears to be reiterating the statement that there is nothing new
under the sun but, as far as she is concerned, the poet can rediscover
language and create new meaning by fragmentation and by grouping words
in new ways. Other poets have successfully presented this enigma (e.e.
cummings for one), and if readers enjoy putting together the jigsaw
pieces or solving the mysteries of syntax, then Downe’s book will
offer that challenge.

Citation

Downe, Lise., “A Velvet Increase of Curiosity,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed April 22, 2024, https://cbra.library.utoronto.ca/items/show/6461.