Thursday, October 27, 2011

Terry Jones: “Furious Resonance”

 Riding trains can be boring. It can be fun, too and sometimes quite surprising. Earlier this year I was on a train bound for Birmingham, UK. As usual I was writing, minding my own business, when suddenly I heard a voice say, ”Are you writing a novel?” The owner of the voice was Terry Jones. Not THAT Terry Jones from Monty Python, but the editor, writer and former lecturer at Carlisle College Terry Jones

Terry Jones writes poetry and we made a pact then and there on the train. I was to buy his collection of poems ”Furious Resonance” that was just about to be published in the Poetry Salzburg Pamphlet series, whereas he was to buy the ones of my books that have been published in English. So far I don’t know if he has kept his promise, but I sure have kept mine and what a pleasure it was to read ”Furious Resonance”.

It says on the back of the book that the collection ”explores how the spaces of the past and the present, the personal and the political, the conscious and the unconscious, and the living and the dead re-sound across cultures and languages in sympathy or protest with each other.” Big words, but true as “Furious Resonance” is a remarkable collection of poetry. The twenty-four poems make you think, laugh and listen, because Terry Jones has a way with words. His way of using the English (and German and Xhosa!) language is unique, because this is an intelligent poet with something on his heart and mind and an own voice to express it.

Jones’ poetry flows easily. Notice for instance the almost hypnotical cadence of the long poem “Sun” which prevails despite the huge differences in voice and verse in the four parts of the poem. Or what about the imagery of the poem “Sleep-Talking”? An everyday observation made into art. My own favourite is, however, “Preservations”, an unsettling poem about the burning of dictionaries.

“Furious Resonance” is one of the best collections of poems I have read within recent years and to think; if I hadn’t been on that train going to Birmingham that day in May, I would probably never have read it! So the next time someone asks my why I don’t have a driver’s license, my answer is going to be: because I like good poetry!

Terry Jones: “Furious Resonance”, Poetry Salzburg Pamphlet Series (PSPS) 5, 2011
ISBN 978-3-901993-35-0
Four out of five stars: ****


Terry Jones said...

Dear Lise Lyng

Wow! Thank you very much - and I'm really pleased you like some of the poems in Furious Resonance. What a fortuitous meeting on that train; can't be everyday two writers meet like that...sounds like the beginning of a novel - or poem, perhaps.

I have to confess I have not yet bought one of your books ( you have a much higher level of creativity productivity than I do...a case of choices, choices!)but I promise I will buy one this very week: I think it will be your Twisted Tales of Thanatos; I like the dark resonances of that title: I remember you told me on the train you thought I had a good title for my short collection.

For myself, I think I'm near to completing a couple of collections - then it will be a matter of finding (or not) a publisher. I have some good news breaking at the end of this month that might help with that project. But thank you again for the posting, Lise Lyng. I'm not myself a blogger or tweeter, and I'm just beginning to try build something like a website

Best regards Terry Jones

Wenhao Guo said...

michale kors outlet online
hermes birkin
Canada Goose Jackets/Coats And Parka Online
michael kors outlet
coach outlet store online
jordan 13
michael kors outlet
louis vuitton
nike outlet,nike shoes,nike store,nike air max,nike free run,air max,nike free,nike blazers
cheap jordans,jordan shoes,cheap jordan shoes
ugg boots
michael kors outlet online
hollister clothing
Abercrombie And Fitch
canada goose outlet
louis vuitton handbags
canada goose outlet,canada goose jackets,canada goose online,canada goose sale
louis vuitton bags
louis vuitton handbags
michael kors outlet clearance
ugg boots
michael kors outlet
coach outlet
oakley sunglasses
ugg boots
cheap jordans
louis vuitton
michael kors outlet
michael kors handbags
jordan 3
uggs sale
ray ban sunglasses
michael kors outlet
michael kors handbags
ugg boots for women
louis vuitton handbags
canada goose jackets
true religion outlet

Nike Free said...

michael kors hamilton
Michael Kors Outlet Online Store
jordan retro 13
jordan retro 7
Nike Basketball Shoes
kobe shoes
nike air max 2014
nike air max 90
nike free run
nike free 4.0
red sole shoes
christian louboutin men
mbt shoes outlet
mbt shoes sale
fitflops clearance
fitflop sale
Kobe 9
All Balck Huarache
louboutin shoes
Red Bottom Shoes
jordans for sale
cheap jordan shoes
jordans 2015
new jordans
coach outlet online
coach outlet store
kate spade wallet
kate spade purses
michael kors handbags
Michael Kors Store
Michael Kors Christmas
michael kors selma

Zheng junxai5 said...

adidas running shoes
beats by dre outlet
coach outlet store
celine bags
louis vuitton purses
cheap oakleys
michael kors outlet online
louis vuitton handbags
coach outlet online
michael kors outlet
louis vuitton purses
lebron 13
gucci bags
michael kors outlet clearance
cheap basketball shoes
cheap jordans
louis vuitton outlet stores
polo ralph lauren
ray ban sunglasses outlet
oakley sunglasses
asics running shoes
toms outlet
cheap air jordans
michael kors outlet clearance
michael kors outlet online sale
polo ralph lauren outlet
michael kors handbags
michael kors outlet clearance
coach outlet store online
air jordan homme
louis vuitton bags
christian louboutin sale
michael kors outlet
replica rolex watches
toms wedges
louis vuitton purses
coach outlet
true religion outlet online
coach outlet online

roba. gad2 said...

Cara Mengobati Demam Pada Anak Yang Tak Kunjung Sembuh said...

thank you the article really helped me. I hope the articles that are made are useful for all of us.

Cara Mengobati Kaki Gajah Dengan Bahan Alami Paling Ampuh
Cara Mengobati Penyakit Thalasemia

Cara Mengatasi Asam Lambung said...

This article is interesting and useful. Thank you for sharing. And let me share an article about health that God willing will be very useful. Thank you :)

Cara Mengobati Sinusitis
Penyebab Mual dan BAB Berdarah
Cara Mengatasi asam Lambung
Khasiat dan manfaat QnC Jelly Gamat
Obat Radang Paru-paru Basah/Pneumonia paling Ampuh
Walatra Gamat Emas Kapsul


How come that I, a fifty-five year old Danish woman, is completely mad with “Hope World” by a twenty-four year old Korean guy named j-...