Rational Numbers: Poems (Winner, T.S. Eliot Prize, 2000)(New Odyssey Series)

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In his second book of poetry, H L Hix uses two contrasting poetic sequences. 'Orders of Magnitude' defies rationality in favour of invention in the musical sense: producing a short composition that works out a single idea. As in music, the whole composition achieves its irrational effect through rational formal structure, with 100 poems, each ten lines long, with ten syllables per line. In the second sequence, 'Figures', the speakers follow their 'pure' rationality, though it leads them -- inevitably -- into the dark heart of the irrational. The result is a ledger of love and loss, a balancing of grief's books.

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"I had expected to select a good book, but never one so deeply conceived and utterly achieved." -- Dana Gioia, 2000 T. S. Eliot Prize judge

"The sharpness of the language, the wit and feeling, the elegance of the metric are all a gift." --W. S. Merwin

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