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Within Habit: A Poem From Oli Hazzard's New Collection
Karl Smith , June 1st, 2014 09:44

New writing this week comes courtesy of Oli Hazzard - and the good people at Test Centre - in the form of one of the twenty two untitled poems that make up his new collection, Within Habit



Within Habit is published by and available to order directly from Test Centre


Oli Hazzard was born in Bristol in 1986 and studied English at University College London and the University of Bristol. His first collection, Between Two Windows, was published by Carcanet in 2012 and received the Michael Murphy Memorial Prize last year. Oli’s poetry has been published in numerous magazines and anthologies including The Forward Book of Poetry 2010, Best British Poetry 2011, The Salt Book of Younger Poets, New Poetries V and Test Centre Three. He is currently a DPhil student at the University of Oxford, writing his thesis on John Ashbery and English poets.

We paused long enough to | be heard. After all there is a shadowy something—akin to what the painter's call one's air— hovering about the | spring: isn’t there a pronoun for this indoor sunset | in a different signature | across the water | as clay pottery has also been found bearing rope-shaped protrusions? The goal of cloaking—in fact its very definition—is, however, to make an object less detectable | too convincingly, so that the concealment is coyly declared. But since there was no “site” | Thiersch preferred to experience it everywhere. “Artefacts without context are

useless

since the motion couldn't be figured | the presentation was all-egiance | combining 1% of the | borborygmic spectrum to produce a complexion | more original than the original. The officers sat in a room together to compose without | within. I watch that necessary aperture | photoshopped into | the language of the family of the pigment | to be heard. It is in fact a better-than-exact replica because the missing piece—the bit that was knocked out when they opened the tomb—we have recreated. So in fact we have made it slightly more original than the original.


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