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Mar. 30th, 2016

The Hollow of the HandThe Hollow of the Hand by P.J. Harvey

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


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 than the sum of the parts. Harvey is a decent, though not exceptional, poet and the visuals make up for some of the weaknesses of her writing. The project captures the daily life of people in these places, particularly those where war has had a huge impact on the routines of life.



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