The Talking Horse and the Sad Girl and the Village Under the Sea: Poems

By Mark Haddon

The Talking Horse and the Sad Girl and the Village Under the Sea: Poems

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The Talking Horse and the Sad Girl and the Village Under the Sea: Poems

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The first collection of poems by Mark Haddon originates from the phenomenally bestselling author of The Dog's Curious Incident in the Night-time. That Mark Haddon's first book after The Dog's Curious Incident in the Night-time is a poetry book may surprise his many fans; that it is also one of s... uch virtuosity and scope that it won't. The Talking Horse and the Sad Girl and The Under the Sea Village reveal a poet with great versatility and formal talent. There is strong evidence here of all the gifts so admired in Haddon's prose—humanity, dark humor, and uncanny ventriloquism—but Haddon is also a writer of considerable seriousness, lyrical power, and surreal invention. This book will bolster his reputation as one of contemporary literature's most imaginative writers.

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  • PUBLISHED BY

    Vintage

  • PUBLISHED ON

    Apr 11, 2006

  • ISBN

    0307275698 , 9780307275691

  • FORMAT

    Paperback

  • LANGUAGE

    English

  • NO. OF PAGES

    60

Quotes from The Talking Horse and the Sad Girl and the Village Under the Sea: Poems

This is how we leave the world,
with the heart weeping,
and the hope that distance
brings the solving wonder
of one last clear view
before that long sleep
about the weather's changes

A Rough Guide
Be polite at the reception desk.
Not all the knives are in the museum.
The waitresses know that a nice boy
is formed in the same way as a deckchair.
Pay for the beer and send flowers.
Introduce yourself as Richard.
Do not refer to what somebody did
at a particular time in the past.
Remember, every Friday we used to go
for a walk. I walked. You walked.
Everything in the past is irregular.
This steak is very good. Sit down.
There is no wine, but there is ice cream.
Eat slowly. I have many matches.

Miaow
Consider me.
I sit here like Tiberius,
inscrutable and grand.
I will let "I dare not"
wait upon "I would"
and bear the twangling
of your small guitar
because you are my owl
and foster me with milk.
Why wet my paw?
Just keep me in a bag
and no one knows the truth.
I am familiar with witches
and stand a better chance in hell than you
for I can dance on hot bricks,
leap your height
and land on all fours.
I am the servant of the Living God.
I worship in my way.
Look into these slit green stones
and follow your reflected lights
into the dark.
Michel, Duc de Montaigne, knew.
You don't play with me.
I play with you.

Sit still long enough
and everything will come to you.

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