Kat Among the Tigers by Kath MacLeanKat Among the Tigers by Kath MacLean

Kat Among the Tigers

byKath MacLean

Paperback | February 18, 2011

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Exemplar of the Moderns, Katherine Mansfield (1888-1923), is reanimated by postmodern diva Kath MacLean in a tantric work of literary ventriloquism. But who is animating whom? "Sentences are punctuated with her rattle and cough; phrases burn with her fever. The world slants as she leans upon her walking stick to stroll out by the sea, or winces in pain when she moves her arm across a sheet of paper. To write, to record the stories living in her head with urgency and tremendous energy for someone so very ill, astounds, humbles, and inspires me to keep at it." (Kath MacLean) Katherine Mansfield fans and scholars, and readers who appreciate poetry that refuses to back down, should read Kat Among the Tigers.
Kath MacLean is a professor of creative writing in Edmonton, Alberta. Her first book of poetry, For a Cappuccino on Bloor, received much acclaim, winning the New Muse Award. She recently recorded Seed Bone & Hammer, a CD of performance poetry, and produced a poetry video, There Was A Young Man. MacLean was a 2009/2010 Writer in Reside...
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Title:Kat Among the TigersFormat:PaperbackDimensions:96 pages, 9 × 5.25 × 0.28 inPublished:February 18, 2011Publisher:The university of Alberta PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:088864552X

ISBN - 13:9780888645524

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"In Kat Among the Tigers, Kath MacLean has not exactly become more Katherine Mansfield than KM could ever be, but she has lived so closely with her subject and done such careful, exhaustive research that she has certainly 'created her anew,' caught the freedom and intensity of her voice in this elegant, polished sequence of poems, a string of epiphanies and musings rooted in Katherine Mansfield's life. Within the poems, repetition, refrain, affection for littleness, off-rhyme all help create Katherine Mansfield's voice anew. Those who have read Katherine Mansfield may delight in finding phrases that link these poems to the journals, in fitting the various poems to places and times in Katherine Mansfield's life. Those who haven't read Mansfield will catch their breath at lines like 'One tires of tigers with tales thumping / fashionable accounts of nothing.' and 'How do you wild the tame?'.... Readers of Katherine Mansfield will want to put this book next to her stories, journals and letters. Those who have never read Katherine Mansfield will be impressed by Kath MacLean's assured, polished poetry. Whether or not you know Katherine Mansfield's work, Kat Among the Tigers is an impressive achievement." Elizabeth Greene, Prairie Fire Review of Books, Vol. 11, No. 2