The Hollow of the Hand

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The Hollow of the Hand Between and PJ Harvey and Seamus Murphy set out on a series of journeys together to Kosovo Afghanistan and Washington D C Harvey collected words Murphy collected pictures and together

Between 2011 and 2014, PJ Harvey and Seamus Murphy set out on a series of journeys together to Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Washington, D.C Harvey collected words, Murphy collected pictures, and together they have created an extraordinary chronicle of our life and times The Hollow of the Hand marks the first publication of Harvey s powerful poetry, in conversation with MurphBetween 2011 and 2014, PJ Harvey and Seamus Murphy set out on a series of journeys together to Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Washington, D.C Harvey collected words, Murphy collected pictures, and together they have created an extraordinary chronicle of our life and times The Hollow of the Hand marks the first publication of Harvey s powerful poetry, in conversation with Murphy s indelible images It is a landmark project and will be published internationally in autumn 2015.As PJ Harvey says Gathering information from secondary sources felt too far removed for what I was trying to write about I wanted to smell the air, feel the soil and meet the people of the countries I was fascinated with Following our work on Let England Shake, my friend Seamus Murphy and I agreed to grow a project together lead by our instincts on where we should go Seamus Murphy adds Polly is a writer who loves images and I am a photographer who loves words Our relationship began a few years ago when she asked me if I would like to take some photographs and make some films for her last album Let England Shake I was intrigued and the adventure began, now finding another form in this book It is our look at home and the world The Hollow of the Hand will be available in a hardback edition with highest quality photographic reproductions, as well as a reader s paperback version A limited number of signed special editions will also be available.

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    Polly Jean Harvey, MBE born 9 October 1969 , known as PJ Harvey, is an English musician, singer songwriter, writer, poet, and composer.

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  • Despite my designs to one day have PJ Harvey fall as madly in love with me as I am with her, I can distance myself from the longings of my heart enough to say that this is some pretty good stuff Harvey keeps it simple, putting down poems no longer than a page, with clean and unadorned verse While her poetry may not draw the amount of attention to her wild talent as does her music, the offering here operates as a moody travelogue for her sojourns through Kosovo, Afghanistan and Washington DC over [...]

  • Harvey s poetry is straightforward, but poignant as she surveys ravaged humanscapes in two war torn nations and, tellingly, in the heart of the American empire Murphy s photographs tend to be oblique and ambiguous Both strands are very good, although neither achieves quite the urgency or depth of a true classic Still, a handful of these images and verses will linger long in the mind.

  • Quando primeiro procurei por The Hollow of the Hand numa livraria, o mo o perguntou me trocista se PJ Harvey era mesmo o nome da autora mal sabia ele que o Nobel do Bob Dylan vinha a caminho Disse me que n o tinham N o acreditei, e n o fiz encomenda, este livro haveria de me vir parar s m os de forma mais graciosa E assim foi, uns dias depois passei por l e a livreira mais simp tica passou me para as m os o exemplar ltimo que afinal sempre tinham E que bom foi ler a poesia da PJ Harvey e imergir [...]

  • Soy una fan devota de PJ Harvey y de todo lo que hace, as que abr este libro con mucha fruici n Puede que demasiadaAlgo pasa a mi parecer con los poemas no acaban de funcionar Puede que la traducci n haga que se pierdan matices, pero los leo en ingl s y me pasa lo mismo Supongo que requiere una nueva lectura tras dejarlo reposar un tiempo.Las fotograf as de Seamus Murphy me han parecido, en cambio, totalmente incre bles Para algunos gustos abusar de la edici n para crear im genes demasiado pict [...]

  • El hueco de la mano es una libro sorprendente En los textos de P.J Harvey hay un tr nsito muy interesante entre el diario de viaje y el poema que le permite, de alguna manera, circunnavegar temas que la obviedad convertir a en estampas grotescas La escritura recuerda mucho a lo hecho en las letras del disco Let England Shake Sin embargo, no me queda duda de que lo mejor del libro son las fotograf as de Seamus Murphy impresionantes, dolorosas y profundamente bellas.

  • It is amazing how well the poems of PJ and the images of Seamus work together PJ s poems are so descriptive that the mind fills with images, and Seamus photos, even though they re left without any description until the very end of the book, appear full of meaning and emotions Easy to read because of its size, yet hard to digest because of its subject, it is definitely haunting and will follow me for a very long while

  • This is deeply moving read Harvey travels war torn countries and picks images of the sorrow of the everyday and transforms them into beautiful poems and prose Exquisite Like her music Harvey writes the melancholy of loss almost too well Her imagery is haunting and yet beautiful in its construction And her words are never plagued by posturing or over dramatisation.Truly beautiful

  • I looked for themes motifs in Harvey s poetry On A Dirt Road, The Orange Monkey, African Voices National Museum of Natural History are poems that start the sections on Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Washington D.C They connect as a journey Poems like Sight Seeing, South of the River , To the Oldest Homo Sapiens , and Medicinals are three in the same section Washington D.C that stood out to me as intertwined themes on evolution and society There are other poems that echo in tandem themes which hint at [...]

  • I love PJ but not in this book.The photos in this are really stunning They do a good job of depicting the places as complex As a places that ARE decrepit, but still able to be dynamic beautiful even with community With moments of happiness still PJ paints these places flat Just as decrepit From a point of the inability to see past the decrepitness But how could these poems be different An affluent white person travels to these places and publishes her travel journal It s what one would expect.

  • Siempre me gust la l rica de PJ Harvey, pero en este caso siento que sus poes as no tuvieron ese poder galopante El libro est dividido entre Kosovo, Afganist n y Washington DC, siendo el segmento de Afganist n demoledor Las fotograf as de Murphy me interpelaron mucho m s que los poemas, y tanto las que son a color como las blanco y negro tienen un magnetismo impresionante.

  • Quiz lo primero que habr a que decir sobre El hueco de la mano The hollow of the hand , es que se trata de un libro inusual El primero de ese tipo para sus autores un libro de poemas canciones y reportaje fotograf a.El volumen fue editado casi en forma simult nea en Inglaterra, EEUU y nuestro pa s Aqu lo edita Sexto Piso, una editorial que lleva el riesgo en la sangre y no tiene miedo en apostar por el arte antes que por el mercado.El libro recoge tres viajes que realizaron P.J Harvey y Seamus M [...]

  • This sparse, moving collection of poems and photos continues and extends Harvey s war project, seen in her two most recent albums Let England Shake and The Hope Six Demolition Project in which she explores the experience, the emotions and the memorialisation of wars Focussing on three sites of conflict Kosovo Kosova, Afghanistan and Washington DC Harvey s clean, in places sparse, poetry and Murphy s unsettling photos grapple with past and present conflicts, continuing and unknown or a least unre [...]

  • I wanted to like this book than I did, as I am a big fan of P.J Harvey s music The concept is fantastic Harvey and photographer Seamus Murphy traveled together to Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Washington DC and each chronicled the experience, Murphy through photos and Harvey through poems The photos, collectively, are powerful and Murphy s obvious talent and vision shines He captures the spirit of the travels I would have liked a bit context for his photos, though, and the layout was weird Some pho [...]

  • Es un libro interesante, ya que los poemas de PJ Harvey y las fotograf as de Seamus Murphy se complementan para retratar 3 lugares muy distintos una villa desolada por la guerra en Kosovo, los alrededores de una base en Afganist n y un recorrido por lugares emblem ticos de Washington, en Estados Unidos Quienes escucharon Let s England Shake notar n que PJ Harvey retoma aqu los temas antibelicistas, adem s que varios de los poemas aqu recogidos fueron musicalizados en su ltimo lbum, The Hope Six [...]

  • These poems form the basis for the lyrics from the recent album, and or background, so as such they re as much a form of reportage as anything else Poetry as journalism The design of the book is to be commended, lovely to read poems on a big page, so much white space around the text the photos too are stunning, again journalism reason enough to engage with the book But it s a sublime pairing of words and images.

  • These poems were frequently paltry I realized quickly that the book s theme contains too much borrowed pain Harvey is expressing a pain to her audience that is not really hers, and the photographs do such a better job of that The tone of giving voice to the voiceless makes me uncomfortable, and the poor execution didn t help As a collection of photographs, I found the layout boring.

  • Unlike similar books I ve read, the poetry and the pictures had equal significance A lot of my enjoyment of this came from what it made me think after, not what was actually in it.

  • PJ Harvey is one of my favorite lyricists, so at first it was hard to get used to her on the page But juxtaposed against the striking photographs of Seamus Murphy, something entirely different emerges for a PJ Harvey fan I m struck not just by the global inequities depicted here but by the of humility in her voice bordering on embarrassment neither meek nor typical neoliberal condescension The images are active in many ways than the words, leaving them receptive than descriptive.

  • Kosovo, Afghanistan, Washington tre luoghi in cui incontrare umanit dimenticata e sporca.Le poesie di PJ Harvey non sono di qualit eccezionale ma come evocatrici di momenti e situazioni fanno il loro dovere Le fotografie di Murphy sono ancora meglio, e il tutto insieme funziona piuttosto bene E proprio la sinergia immagini parole, cos rara ad ottenersi, ad avermi convinto di pi.

  • Poemas bellos de PJ Harvey que describen momentos de Kosovo, Afganist n y Washington DC La falta de contexto es un encanto especial Con las fotos de Seamus Murphy sucede lo mismo Lectura gil y profunda.

  • PJ Harvey, Seamus Murphy Una vida complicadaEl hueco de la mano es la reuni n de los sitios y las cosas Tambi n de las personas Es la reuni n de la poes a de PJ Harvey que tiene mucho de callada m sica y las im genes igualmente silenciosas, igualmente cargadas de sonidos de Seamus Murphy Adem s, es un viaje a trav s del tiempo esas fotograf as que nos muestran una realidad a trav s de los a os, acerc ndonos de nuevo a los mismos escenarios, buscando esas mutaciones y del espacio Kosovo, Afganist [...]

  • Poetry and photography often function as witnesses, presenting things without trying to explain them, letting the reader viewer derive meaning from what is presented or from the collage of everything presented Harvey and Murphy s collaboration serves this function well, presenting the reader with a tryptich of descriptive words and global images.Created during, and assembled from, a three year series of travels, Hollow documents slices of everyday life observed in Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Washin [...]

  • Empecemos con el hecho de que es una edici n hermosa de Sexto Piso impresa en Italia con papel certificado por la FSC y dise ada originalmente en ingl s por Lizzie B, siendo duplicada en su totalidad sin faltar a un solo detalle biling e Es decir, en una p gina tenemos el poema original tal como est en la edici n en ingl s y del otro lado tenemos la traducci n fiel, con pocas libertades, respetando la idea original del mismo al espa ol, justo como en Canci n de la bolsa para el mareo de Nick Cav [...]

  • From the book description Between 2011 and 2014, PJ Harvey and Seamus Murphy set out on a series of journeys together to Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Washington, D.C Harvey collected words, Murphy collected pictures, and together they have created an extraordinary chronicle of our life and times The Hollow of the Hand marks the first publication of Harvey s powerful poetry, in conversation with Murphy s indelible images The combination of words and pictures works well here, adding up to than the su [...]

  • Since it s PJ Harvey doing these poems, you know you re not going to get sonnets and love beads and overall, the book is generally at its most effective when it is its sparsest and most desolate So to take nothing from Harvey s obvious m.o which has gotten her through her music, a spike in the intrigue level does occur with An Initiation, a tribal, wildebeest hallucination in which Harvey takes on a male gender Man Size, et al only to tragically find meaning back within the grimmest vistas in mo [...]

  • I really wanted to like this Polly Jeans music is amazing so naturally I thought this would be as well but it s basically just fragments of moments from a tourist it doesn t seem to reach anything deeper than physical descriptions of places and observations, and yet it still felt exploitative to read I hope PJ releases another poetry book but focuses on her own life and upbringing instead, there s a wealth of material there you can tell from her music and I think she d do better getting to the h [...]

  • A powerful collection of both poetry and photographs beautifully presented Some recurrent images of hands and keys and money gave a cohesion to the whole It was interesting that all have a punch and the differences between Kosovo, Afghanistan and Washington DC were not as marked as I had expected There are no judgements or political statements here but there is a clear voice and message The poetry has a lyrical rhythm which is to be expected I suppose glad I bought it read it cover to cover but [...]

  • C est un don que de pouvoir fixer des silences, un vide, une vacuit Les parties sur le Kosovo et l Afghanistan font appara tre ces zones cimeti re qui prennent la forme de terrains vague, o les lieux d saffect s dont d tourn s et ne sont plus qu un souvenir lointain c est un tr s bel ouvrage tant pour sa qualit po tique que pour son int r t photographique, c est un voyage immobile port par les regards en miroir de ces deux art iste s si compl mentaires.

  • Powerful, moving, beautiful and sad PJ Harvey s writing is poignant and thought provokingly deep while Seamus Murphy s photography is powerful and somewhat emotional.The Hollow of the Sand is one I know I will continue to come back to many times over the years it s destined to live on my shelves.

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