The Hollow of the Hand

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.
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

  • Title: The Hollow of the Hand
  • Author: P.J. Harvey Seamus Murphy
  • ISBN: 9781408865286
  • Page: 441
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “The Hollow of the Hand”

    1. 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 ov [...]

    2. 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 more 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.

    3. Quando primeiro procurei por The Hollow of the Hand numa livraria, o moço 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 não tinham. Não acreditei, e não fiz encomenda, este livro haveria de me vir parar às mãos de forma mais graciosa. E assim foi, uns dias depois passei por lá e a livreira mais simpática (!) passou-me para as mãos o exemplar último que afinal sempre tinham. E que bom foi ler a poesia [...]

    4. Soy una fan devota de PJ Harvey y de todo lo que hace, así que abrí este libro con mucha fruición. Puede que demasiadaAlgo pasa a mi parecer con los poemas: no acaban de funcionar. Puede que la traducción haga que se pierdan matices, pero los leo en inglés y me pasa lo mismo. Supongo que requiere una nueva lectura tras dejarlo reposar un tiempo.Las fotografías de Seamus Murphy me han parecido, en cambio, totalmente increíbles. Para algunos gustos abusará de la edición para crear imágen [...]

    5. "El hueco de la mano" es una libro sorprendente. En los textos de P.J. Harvey hay un tránsito muy interesante entre el diario de viaje y el poema que le permite, de alguna manera, circunnavegar temas que la obviedad convertiría 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 fotografías de Seamus Murphy: impresionantes, dolorosas y profundamente bellas.

    6. 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!

    7. 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!

    8. 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 [...]

    9. 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 more 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 on [...]

    10. Siempre me gustó la lírica de PJ Harvey, pero en este caso siento que sus poesías no tuvieron ese poder galopante. El libro está dividido entre Kosovo, Afganistán y Washington DC, siendo el segmento de Afganistán demoledor. Las fotografías de Murphy me interpelaron mucho más que los poemas, y tanto las que son a color como las blanco y negro tienen un magnetismo impresionante.

    11. Quizá lo primero que habría 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/fotografía.El volumen fue editado casi en forma simultánea en Inglaterra, EEUU y nuestro país. Aquí 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. Harv [...]

    12. 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 un [...]

    13. I wanted to like this book more 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 more context for his photos, though, and the layout was [...]

    14. Es un libro interesante, ya que los poemas de PJ Harvey y las fotografías 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 Afganistán y un recorrido por lugares emblemáticos de Washington, en Estados Unidos. Quienes escucharon “Let's England Shake” notarán que PJ Harvey retoma aquí los temas antibelicistas, además que varios de los poemas aquí recogidos fueron musicalizados en su último [...]

    15. 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.

    16. 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.

    17. 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.

    18. 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 more active in many ways than the words, leaving them more receptive than descriptive.

    19. Kosovo, Afghanistan, Washington: tre luoghi in cui incontrare umanità dimenticata e sporca.Le poesie di PJ Harvey non sono di qualità 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, così rara ad ottenersi, ad avermi convinto di più.

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

    21. PJ Harvey, Seamus Murphy. Una vida complicadaEl hueco de la mano es la reunión de los sitios y las cosas. También de las personas. Es la reunión de la poesía de PJ Harvey (que tiene mucho de callada música) y las imágenes (igualmente silenciosas, igualmente cargadas de sonidos) de Seamus Murphy. Además, es un viaje a través del tiempo (esas fotografías que nos muestran una realidad a través de los años, acercándonos de nuevo a los mismos escenarios, buscando esas mutaciones) y del es [...]

    22. 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 Was [...]

    23. Empecemos con el hecho de que es una edición hermosa de Sexto Piso (impresa en Italia con papel certificado por la FSC y diseñada originalmente en inglés por Lizzie B, siendo duplicada en su totalidad sin faltar a un solo detalle) bilingüe. Es decir, en una página tenemos el poema original tal como está en la edición en inglés y del otro lado tenemos la traducción (fiel, con pocas libertades, respetando la idea original) del mismo al español, justo como en Canción de la bolsa para el [...]

    24. 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 more t [...]

    25. 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 [...]

    26. 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 [...]

    27. 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 c [...]

    28. C'est un don que de pouvoir fixer des silences, un vide, une vacuité. Les parties sur le Kosovo et l'Afghanistan font apparaître ces zones cimetière qui prennent la forme de terrains vague, où les lieux désaffectés dont détournés et ne sont plus qu'un souvenir lointain. c'est un très bel ouvrage tant pour sa qualité poétique que pour son intérêt photographique, c'est un voyage immobile porté par les regards en miroir de ces deux art(iste)s si complémentaires.

    29. 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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