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Shaler's Fish: Poems
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"Devoted readers of H Is for Hawk will find Macdonald's gift for stunning language, patient curiosity, and expansive wisdom on full display in her poems."—Publishers Weekly
From the naturalist and author of the New York Times bestseller H is for Hawk, which appeared on more than twenty-five Best Books of the Year lists, Shaler's Fish is a collection of poetry that roams both the outer and inner landscapes of the poet's universe, seamlessly fusing reflections on language, science, and literature with the loamy environments of the natural worlds around her. Moving between the epic (war, history, art, myth, philosophy) and the specific (CNN, Ancient Rome, Auden, Merleau-Ponty), Helen Macdonald examines with humor and intellect what it means to be awake and watchful in the world. These are poems that probe and question, within whose nimble ecosystems we are as likely to encounter Schubert as we are "a hand of violets," Isaac Newton as a "winged quail on turf." Nothing escapes Macdonald's eye and every creature herein—from the smallest bird to the loftiest thinker—holds a significant place in her poems.
"Macdonald is a poet of vision and sound, oracular one moment and playful the next, whose first love and only loyalty is to the music of words." –O, the Oprah Magazine
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        Helen Macdonald is a writer, poet, illustrator and naturalist, and an affiliated research scholar at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge. She is the author of the bestselling H Is for Hawk, as well as a cultural history of falcons, titled Falcon, and three collections of poetry, including Shaler's Fish. Macdonald was a Research Fellow at Jesus College, Cambridge, has worked as a professional falconer, and has assisted with the management of raptor research and conservation projects across Eurasia. She now writes for the New York Times Magazine. Twitter: @HelenJMacdonald

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"Macdonald is a poet of vision and sound, oracular one moment and playful the next, whose first love and only loyalty is to the music of words." –O, the Oprah Magazine
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        Macdonald, a British historian, naturalist, and illustrator, made waves with her memoir, H Is for Hawk, but in her debut collection of poetry she goes beyond simply observing the natural world, displaying the indefatigable curiosity that motivated the early naturalists who inspire her. Macdonald employs her knowledge of the natural sciences as she deftly works scientific discoveries into poems on such subjects as love, politics, solitude, death, and more. Her imagery encompasses biology, geology, physics, weather patterns, and astronomy. For example, in “Hyperion to a Satellite,” she invokes Widmanstätten patterns found in meteorites: “Widmanstätten’s grating pat, with a formula/ of primitive and suitably drenched olivine. Noble metals// are dropped onto accident blackspots hailing/ from districts of open light, glossing the connectives// with a discriminating solar bombardment.” The rich and heady language calls to mind the tradition of the English Romantic poets while offering wholly new and original constructions: “the shade of your eyes approximates the blade’s blued dorsal edge/ indigent as the model’s side or even air, seen from below// every moment describes some other music/ and I cannot remember banality ever existing.” Devoted readers of H Is for Hawk will find Macdonald’s gift for stunning language, patient curiosity, and expansive wisdom on full display in her poems.

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        Originally published in the UK in 1997, this collection from the author of the award-winning H Is for Hawk will surprise readers with its intensity and the diversity of its language and imagery. Dense and often difficult, these poems are rooted in the natural world even as they address love and the human condition. Macdonald's syntax is often broken with nonlinear turns, and she typically uses archaic language and spellings with little or no punctuation, relying on her mastery of line and stanza breaks to lead readers to a semblance of sense. What stands out is her use of assonance and internal rhymes, language that is richly lovely and lyrical: "Clinker, clink clink/ binoculars trained on Maeterlink, the/ headland, the bobolink and the lyre// of great light." VERDICT "My pen crumples into a swan, it is singing/ inauthenticate myth, and not of future splendour...," says one poem, and in the first poem, "Taxonomy," a wren sings fully with no "subsong," that is, an unstructured, often rambling, and low-volumed melody. Perhaps that's the key; these poems are fully drawn but murmuring with a subsong of their own. [See Prepub Alert, 8/3/15.]--Karla Huston, Appleton, WI

        Copyright 2016 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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        September 1, 2015

        Macdonald claimed the Samuel Johnson Prize and the Costa Book of the Year Award, not to mention New York Times best seller status, for H Is for Hawk, a meditation on her exorcising grief by training a fierce goshawk named Mabel. Before all that glorious fame, she was a poet, and this first book has never been published in America. Not surprisingly, it probes the natural as well as the human world in vibrant verse. With a 12-city tour.

        Copyright 2015 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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