Pauline Stainer

The Lady & the Hare

New & Selected Poems

Pauline Stainer

Publication Date : 25 Sep 2003

ISBN: 9781852246327

Pages: 65
Size :216 x 138mm
Rights: World

Poetry Book Society Recommendation

Pauline Stainer is a poet ‘working at the margins of the sacred’, conveying sensations ‘with an economy of means that is breathtaking… her poems are not merely artefacts, they have an organic life of their own’ (John Burnside). The Lady & the Hare brings together poetry of rare luminosity from Pauline Stainer’s five previous books, together with new poems, all inhabiting an imaginative borderland inspired by her ‘visceral Muse’.

‘Over the past 20 years, Pauline Stainer has all but perfected the art of illumination without demystification, in search of what she calls “the divining shiver”, a phrase that can only gesture towards the combination of physical immediacy and numinous wonder that her marvellous poems possess… Stroke by stroke, apprehension by apprehension, Stainer is building a unique and extraordinary body of work’ – Frances Leviston, Guardian.

‘Her territory is predominantly that of legend: its symbols and its creatures – the unicorn, the falcon, the serpent – but she often draws them into a contemporary setting where they neither shed power nor lose meaning. Her purpose is not so much to import the ancient world into the modern as to demonstrate that those worlds are of a piece: that old rituals still obtain, that old beliefs still govern instinct’ – David Harsent, PBS Bulletin.

‘Pauline Stainer writes sacred poetry for the scientific twenty-first century. Her poetry preserves a surety of vision, insisting that belief can only increase with knowledge, and that wisdom and faith are still provinces of careful, crystalline language. She is deeply English and draws from a wealth of sources: medieval lyrics, Eastern as well as Western art, Christian liturgy, and an impressive familiarity with chemistry and optics’ – Anne Stevenson

‘She sites her poetry smack on the veering demarcation between metaphysics and science… [recognising] that perceptual precision and intelligent enquiry can live alongside passion, compassion and fascination with language’ – David Morley, Guardian.

‘Pauline Stainer is one of those few, electrifying poets who truly, strangely, change our perceptions’ – Vuyelwa Carlin, Poetry Wales.

‘So authentic an imaginative utterance as to have about it the inevitability of true art’ – John Lucas, New Statesman.



BOOKS BY Pauline Stainer

Crossing the Snowline

Pauline Stainer

Crossing the Snowline

Publication Date : 23 Oct 2008
Sleeping under the Juniper Tree

Pauline Stainer

Sleeping under the Juniper Tree

Publication Date : 27 Apr 2017
Tiger Facing the Mist

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Tiger Facing the Mist

Publication Date : 24 Jan 2013

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