Void Studies

Rachael Boast

Void Studies, Rachel Boast's extraordinary new collection, realizes a project that the French Symbolist poet Arthur Rimbaud had proposed, but never got round to writing. Études néanteswas to consist of poems written as musical études; these would not convey any direct message, but instead summon the abstract spirit of their subject. 

This 'impossible project' has been completed by Boast in the most astonishing way: these tone poems are indeed works of pure music - but despite their esoteric nature, are by no means 'difficult': instead they conjure the recognizable states, emotions, moods, ambiances and strange atmospheres that lend our lives meaning, and together comprise a kind of otherworldly lexicon of feeling. Void Studies is an airy and beautiful book - one in which Boast has spun a pure music to both ask and answer some of the most profound questions we can frame.

Genre: Poetry
ISBN: 9781509811458
Published: 11/11/2016

Rachael Boast

Rachael Boast

Rachael Boast was born in Suffolk in 1975. Her first collection, Sidereal, is the winner of the Seamus Heaney Centre Prize for Poetry 2012. She currently divides her time between Scotland and the West Country.

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