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PARAPETS AND LABYRINTHS by Tom Hubbard

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Parapets and Labyrinths:

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A Belgian pagoda and a red Hungarian hedgehog; 12-year-old Hector Berlioz falls in love; a French tribute to Edgar (Allan) Poe; lakes in Germany and Italy, rivers in Switzerland; home thoughts from the Mediterranean; the bloody end of bonny Kate; the painters El Greco and Csontváry; variations on Dostoyevsky, Turgenev and Chekhov; Catullus celebrates erotic marriage; with much more.

Tom Hubbard takes us on another poetic tour of Europe, offering a number of translations (or rather transcreations) on the way.

Parapets and Labyrinths, a collection of poems mainly in English (but with a significant presence of the Scots language – glossary included), is a companion volume to The Chagall Winnocks, which was published by Grace Note Publications in 2011.

 

The poet wears his learning lightly, more of a cultivated ‘flâneur’ than a stuffy academic … If there is anything labyrinthine about these poems, it is because the poet is no mere aficionado of the ‘grand tour’, but sharply observant, knowing there is nothing straightforward about Europe and its outlying archipelago of the British Isles, Ireland and Iceland … Darkness may be latent in many of the poems, but … the pleasure principle trumps everything else in the poetry of Tom Hubbard. 

 

NOTES FROM MARIO RELICH 

BOOK CONTENTS

 

Preface by Mario Relich

Scotland 

  • Prologue 
  • The Retour o Troilus 

Belgium 

  • European Capital 

France 

  • Berlioz at Meylan 
  • Edgar Poe 

Spain 

  • El Greco Townscape 

Italy 

  • Pompeii 
  • Paolo to Francesca  
  • Catullus LXI 
  • La madre dei laghi 

Germany 

  • Speirins 
  • Laachersee Elegy 
  • Schellbronn 

Switzerland 

  • The Terrace at Basel 
  • An Antiquarian Print 
  • Frae Vocatioun o the Rivers 

Austria 

  • Music at Kufstein  
  • Iceberg 

Poland 

  • Candles 

Hungary 

  • Himnusz (1823)
  • Red Hedgehog
  • Hame Thochts, frae the Med 
  • Birthplace
  • The Painter Tivadar Csontv΅ry

Ukraine 

  • Bonny Kate 82

Russia 

  • Variation russe sur un thème  
  • folklorique américain  
  • The Permitted and the Possible 
  • Chekhoviana 

Epilogue: 

  • The Tint Threid / The Lost Thread

GLOSSARY

REVIEW On the poetry collection Parapets and Labyrinths (Grace Note Publications, 2013)

The wandering scholar is a great European tradition and Scotland has had her share, poets, singers, the restless and endlessly curious, travelling workers in literature, language and the arts. Among the most distinctive riches yielded by this tradition, Tom Hubbard's poems are evocative encounters with places, people, political and personal states, that range across Europe and history, centred in his own Scottish sensibility, but receptive to, exploring and describing, different nations, artists and cultures. Particular accounts of engagement with others indicate matters of value and illumination, not least the stained-glass windows of Marc Chagall and the symphonies of Carl Nielsen. These poems are day-books of travel and meditation, records of what art can do, the good of all the arts, through all the galleries and balconies of Europe. They are arcades of wonder.

                       – ALAN RIACH

Poet and Professor of Scottish Literature, University of Glasgow

 “Here we hae anither outwale frae the  skeillie  makar at  gied us The Chagall Winnocks: anither  viage throu  the  lanns  an  leids o Europe.  Wi owersettins   an bardries new  an auld  tae airt us alang the gait. The  travel sterts in  the poet's  ain county  o Fife, whaur  the vyce o the  auld makar Henryson echoes in 'The  Retour  o Troilus’ […] Tae  France  an  Berlioz, wha  funn a  hantle  o his inspiration in Scott an  Byron; tae  Spain o  El Greco. Italy  o Dante an  Catullus, tae  Germany  an Switzerland, an een  the  norie o mairches atween kintras gins  tae eelic awa whan ye read about 'The Terrace at Basel', mynin at  frae Basel  ye can see  Germany   an  France, an gang  intil thaim on fuit, an syne tae the  kintras o Aist  Europe at Hubbard  kens weel. […] ilka sang is pairt o a net, a wyve o kyrie threids at waps the pentins, the muisic, the  architectuir o ither kintras an  ither   times, alang wi the leids  an  the    lifie bardrie o  Scotland, until a tapestry o sichts  an souns, thochts an draems.  […]

“I  wes wylit tae finn out  about  things I  hed nae kennin o: the  kirk o  Maria Laach, or  the 'Palais ldéal' o  Ferdinand  Cheval, forbye  mony braw  bards frae  fremmit  airts. Here  a buik wull rax braider  the mairches o your warld.”

--- J. DERRICK McCLURE, in Lallans

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other Details

ISBN:
978-1-907676-23-9
Categories:
Scottish Poetry
Publisher:
Grace Note Publications
Format:
Paperback

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