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By Chris Orsman

The Lakes of Mars is a beautiful new selection of poems by way of Chris Orsman that stick to on from his latest ebook, South: An Antarctic trip, a chain approximately Captain Scott's ultimate excursion to Antarctica. those new poems are a attribute mixture of considerate mirrored image and specified imagery of panorama and item. Chris Orsman captures 'the plainness of lifestyles' with a visible readability, yet regularly pushes his descriptions extra, broadening the poems 'into highbrow and ethical meaning'. he's additionally quite sturdy at vividly recreating ancient moments, whereas evoking the presents and lack of the prior. the 1st a part of The Lakes of Mars encompasses the Wellington hills; an excellent lengthy poem of the digital camera and its nostalgia, 'Instamatic'; the sunshine artwork of invoice Culbert; and 'a overall inventory of words'. the second one and 3rd components, 'The Lakes of Mars' and 'The ebook of the Dead', have been encouraged by way of Orsman's 1998 journey to the Antarctic as inaugural recipient of an Artists to Antarctica Fellowship. the recent Zealand 'Antarctic' poem is now a settled shape, yet Orsman used to be one in all its originators and, as those poems end up, a real grasp of it. The poems within the Lakes of Mars are specific, scrupulous, most appropriate - they've got a lot to supply an attentive reader.

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