Close To Holmes: A Look At the Connections Between by Alistair Duncan

By Alistair Duncan

The London of the overdue 19th century used to be domestic to either Arthur Conan Doyle and his well-known detective - Sherlock Holmes. This booklet appears at a number of the many destinations in either relevant and outer London that experience connections to at least one or either one of those recognized names. as well as reading the background this ebook additionally seems at a number of the theories which have been woven through the years round Holmes and those destinations.

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Such editorial choices both support and undermine the poet's changing preoccupation with the visible and its connection to the invisible. Graham's next book is the collection Photographs and Poems, in which the poet's work accompanies that of photographer Jeanette Montgomery Barron. All of the poems in Photographs and Poems reappear in slightly revised form in Graham's most recent volume, Swarm, but the photography with which the poems are first presented mollifies the stark absence of the visible world in the poems.

Hinting at the existence of a unifying force or connectivity-what "hooks" together the invisible and visible-the poem establishes that "the simplest form of current" consists of both what we can perceive even if only with difficulty, as one might perceive motion in water, "[b]lue / moving through blue," and what we cannot empirically locate but what we must trust in all the same, "the objects of desire / opening upon themselves, without us; / the objects of faith" (3). Critic Eric Seligman, writing on a later book of Graham's, discusses this poem and convincingly suggests that it draws a distinction between the objects of desire and those of faith, though he intimates that they may, in fact, be one and the same: he explains, These washes of color and involuted assertions define two sorts of objects: those of desire, which open 'upon themselves I without us' (and thus 'away'), and those of faith, which do the 'admitting,' whatever that means.

The speaker's lack of knowledge of what lies beyond the visible is paralleled in the poem by her inability to characterize it in language. Though the poet has hinted at the contingency of our experience of the material world upon a larger scheme, the nature of that transcendent scheme never materializes in the poem. In fact, even the contingencies the speaker imagines in the material world are only processes, rather than flXed relationships. As in a chemical reaction, or "solution," the "resistance"-a barrier between objects or perhaps even between one realm and another-is "lessened" or even "increased" and some equilibrium is reached (3).

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