Metaphysical Dictionary by Svetlana LilovaMetaphysical Dictionary by Svetlana Lilova

Metaphysical Dictionary

bySvetlana LilovaIllustratorGraham Falk

Paperback | May 31, 2016

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Svetlana Lilova's Metaphysical Dictionary is a compendium of oblique definitions; a taxonomy of gists.
Psychological and emotional in content, yet pared down to the bare minimum and presented with complete lexical discipline, the Metaphysical Dictionary shows us an author grappling to explain the world to herself. Maybe this is something you do too - in fragments of thought in a journal, or in a sketchbook of brief impressions.
As poems, these are reductions, or Pound's gists and piths in extremis. They are beyond spare: all payload, no bulkhead. Sometimes an entry is simply the germ from which another poet might have grown a conventional poem. For example, witness:
shoulders the natural uniform
The real reward comes as the definitions accumulate. They fold back on themselves; elusive shapes crystallize and dissolve like transient origami.
Psychologically acute, suffused with feeling, with a personal narrative slipping between the lines, this book invites total immersion in the private language of its creator, and conveys (us to) the heart of a playful, enigmatic, whimsical, sometimes pained but always hopeful interior.
Profusely illustrated with 65 drawings by Graham Falk, whose charming cartoons, melancholy flowers, and effervescent still-lifes perfectly echo the tonal variety of Lilova's words.
Svetlana Lilova was born in Sofia, Bulgaria, and was raised by her grandparents in a remote rural village. In her early teens, without warning, she was spirited through the Iron Curtain by relatives. She arrived in Canada not knowing a word of English. Soon she was inseparable from her dictionary. A practicing psychotherapist as well a...
Title:Metaphysical DictionaryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:96 pages, 7 × 4.75 × 0.28 inPublished:May 31, 2016Publisher:Dumagrad BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0993790925

ISBN - 13:9780993790928

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