Far District

Poems

You must sign in to see if this title is available for request. Sign In or Register Now
Send NetGalley books directly to your Kindle or Kindle app

1
To read on a Kindle or Kindle app, please add kindle@netgalley.com as an approved email address to receive files in your Amazon account. Click here for step-by-step instructions.
2
Also find your Kindle email address within your Amazon account, and enter it here.
Pub Date Nov 12 2024 | Archive Date Dec 12 2024

Description

"A marvelous book of generous, giving poems." —Yusef Komunyakaa, author of Everyday Mojo Songs of Earth

Far District, the transporting debut by the author of House of Lords and Commons, charts the spiritual path of a poet-speaker caught between two spheres: the culture of bush people and a luminous, dangerous sea of myth. Crafting an impressionistic portrait of his youth in Jamaica, Ishion Hutchinson explores the West Indian distrust of European literature and mythology. The speaker fears the land of myth because he is loyal to the bush people, but he also desires to transcend his physical and intellectual poverty. Little by little, the two cultures come together as the speaker begins grafting childhood memories onto the realm of imagination, shaped by art, music, literature, and new glimpses of the world.

Written in both traditional and formless verse, as well as in English and Jamaican patois, Far District is an indelible, urgent collection. As the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award committee said of its 2011 winner, “Far District is a classic, which is to say a rare and exemplary first book.”

"A marvelous book of generous, giving poems." —Yusef Komunyakaa, author of Everyday Mojo Songs of Earth

Far District, the transporting debut by the author of House of Lords and Commons, charts the...


A Note From the Publisher

Ishion Hutchinson was born in Port Antonio, Jamaica. He is the author of the poetry collections Far District, which won the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award, and House of Lords and Commons, which received the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Joseph Brodsky Rome Prize in Literature, the Whiting Award, and a Donald Windham-Sandy M. Campbell Literature Prize, among honors.

Ishion Hutchinson was born in Port Antonio, Jamaica. He is the author of the poetry collections Far District, which won the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award, and House of Lords and Commons, which received...


Available Editions

EDITION Paperback
ISBN 9780374604820
PRICE $17.00 (USD)
PAGES 112

Available on NetGalley

NetGalley Shelf App (EPUB)
Send to Kindle (EPUB)
Download (EPUB)

Average rating from 13 members


Featured Reviews

"Lips remember no songs,
hands no rituals, all I have
are headache dreams.
The sea swells into a hurricane,
the land blackens into cancer,
lightning opens a heart
in the sky, like a boy opening
the window of a hot room
his mother died in."

many thanks to FSG books for so graciously giving me a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

reading far district is like viewing a piece of contemporary art. you know it's beautiful. you know that it pulls at you. you just might not necessarily understand why until you've given yourself time to think about it, to process your feelings, to revisit it. even when i didn't understand something on my first pass, there would inevitably be lines that just resonated within me. will all readers find this book approachable? no, not at all. but this is a collection of poems that more than deserves the attention and work that it requires.

hutchinson and i are from incredibly different backgrounds — many his poems are steeped in this burning specificity that would be confusing ro me if not for the gripping and relentless imagery he provides alongside it. these poems build off one another, creating a connective tissue that fuses together culture, religion, philosophy, memory, learning, and longing. even despite so much turmoil, there's still so many instances of light to be found throughout. i learned so much, and i know i will remember so many aspects of this book due to the enduring beauty of hutchinson's writing.

Was this review helpful?

In his book Blind Spot, Teju Cole mentions in one of the last pages the names of two poets, Derek Walcott and Ishion Hutchinson. My admiration of the poetry by Derek Walcott situates Walcott as my favorite poet. Seeing Hutchinson’s name, a poet new to me, in a book in the company of Walcott’s name, meant much to me.

Seeing this title, Far District, I pounced upon the book, which, according to publication history, seems to have made its initial appearance in Britain more than a decade ago as Hutchinson’s first published collection of poems. With what appears to be a growing interest in his work, it’s made its way to our shores, from Jamaica by way of Britain.

His early work shows influences in chosen forms, tone, and language of Derek Walcott. Harold Bloom wrote a book, Anxiety of Influence, about how strong poets rewrite, intentionally or not, the works of their precursors. So when I personally read Hutchinson’s poem, New World Frescoes, as a portrait of Derek Walcott, that’s not a bad thing.

Hutchinson also has his own themes based on his personal experiences: Jamaican island life through the eyes of a boy, the much older women in his household and out in the community who are emotionally and daringly bigger than the roles he perceived for women. In some poems he leaves the island and in other poems he is along in New York City. Other poems describe the people of his community after he returns home, having honed his poetic tools as a writer with new perspectives and deeper reading, his observations are more generous toward subject matter and his forms looser and less classical. I’m eager to read more of his poetry to see how his work has developed over the years.

Thank you to Farrar, Straus and Giroux and NetGalley for an Advanced Readers Copy

Was this review helpful?

Readers who liked this book also liked: