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Weer eens ’n verrassende, andersoortige digbundel deur die talentvolle en bekroonde digter van die Vrystaat. Gibson is reeds bekend vir die wyse waarop hy taal ondermyn, selfs benadeel, en so nuwe betekenisse herskep/ontdek. Die bundel bevat baie liriese oomblikke tydens hierdie ontdekkingstog. Die hut bied net soos die taal beskerming, maar die ‘ek’ wil ook daaruit wegbreek en ontsnap.
Universally acclaimed for his dazzling fictions, Jorge Luis Borges always considered himself to be first and foremost a poet. This collection of his poetry, the largest ever to be assembled in English (alongside the original Spanish), includes scores of pieces that have never previously been translated.
Selected from a lifetime's work, the poems explore themes that preoccupied Borges: the enigma of Time and history;
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In 'n oomblik toon die hand van 'n ervare digter wie se poetika reeds gevestig is in terme van temas en tegnieke. Die digbundel verteenwoordig 'n voortsetting van die aspekte van Vos se digkuns waarvoor hy reeds lof verdien het. Op tegniese vlak is daar veral sy baie effektiewe gebruik van 'n onpretensieuse toon wat dikwels sonderlinge poetiese vondste oplewer. 'n Voorbeeld hiervan is die nuutskepping (die slinkshandige). Tegniese vernuwing vind ook plaas deur die aanwending van die epiese gedig en die tersine. Die intertekstuele gesprek met Homeros en Dante as reismotief om 'n langdurige ongeluk en operasie poeties te verwoord, is nuut in die Afrikaanse digkuns. Tydens die reis kom daar fel en verskillende emosies en ervaringe na vore. Dit word alles met die leser gedeel. Die tematiese nuutheid en aktualiteit van die bundel blyk uit die digterlike uitbeelding van die menseslagting op 13 November 2015 in Parys en vlugtelinge uit Sirie se bootreise na 'n heenkome. In die bundel kom daar diep emosies na die oppervlakte. Alles gebeur in 'n oomblik. Op die lewensreis word verskillende emosies ervaar: lig en donker, liefde en ongeluk, geboorte en die na-lewe. Die tema van verganklikheid en ouer-word is sentraal in die bundel. Die lewensreis is ook 'n taalreis. Daarom word die taalgesprek, in 'n boeiende saampraat met Konstantinos Kavafis, poeties uitgedruk. Op die leefreis is daar ook verlies. Hier kom Cas Vos se vertalings van Konstantinos Kavafis en Georgos Seferis se Griekse gedigte aan die bod. Die reis eindig egter nie in wanhoop nie, maar met uit-sig.
The definitive collection of works on a subject that inspired and haunted Charles Bukowski for his entire life: alcohol Charles Bukowski turns to the bottle in this revelatory collection of poetry and prose that includes some of the writer's best and most lasting work. A self-proclaimed "dirty old man," Bukowski used alcohol as muse and as fuel, a conflicted relationship responsible for some of his darkest moments as well as some of his most joyful and inspired. In On Drinking, Bukowski expert Abel Debritto has collected the writer's most profound, funny, and memorable work on his ups and downs with the hard stuff-a topic that allowed Bukowski to explore some of life's most pressing questions. Through drink, Bukowski is able to be alone, to be with people, to be a poet, a lover, and a friend-though often at great cost. As Bukowski writes in a poem simply titled "Drinking,": "for me/it was or/is/a manner of/dying/with boots on/and gun/smoking and a/symphony music background." On Drinking is a powerful testament to the pleasures and miseries of a life in drink, and a window into the soul of one of our most beloved and enduring writers.
Jen Campbell's first collection The Girl Aquarium explores the realm of rotten fairy tales, the possession of body and the definition of beauty. Weaving between whispered science and circus, she turns a cracked mirror on society and asks who gets to control the twisted tales hiding in the wings.
The Rivered Earth contains four libretti written by Vikram Seth to be set to music by Alec Roth - together with an account of the pleasures and pains of working with a composer. Entitled 'Songs in Time of War', 'Shared Ground', 'The Traveller' and 'Seven Elements', they take us all over the world - from Chinese and Indian poetry to the beauty and quietness of the Salisbury house where the poet George Herbert lived and died. Spanning centuries of creativity and humanity, these poems pulse with life, energy and inspired brilliance. They are accompanied by four pieces of calligraphy by the author.
‘n Sterk sintuiglike aanslag en oorspronklike beeldgebruik.
Hierdie bundel roep temas in die lewe wat nie dikwels in die Afrikaanse digkuns voorkom nie.
"Exactly a century ago, the Armory Show brought European avant-garde art to New York. We are still experiencing its consequences. Among the works on view was Marcel Duchamp's notorious Nude Descending a Staircase, which a derisive critic wanted to rename 'Explosion in a Shingle Factory.' Both titles come to mind as one reads Chris Hosea's Put Your Hands In, which somehow subsumes derision and erotic energy and comes out on top. Maybe that's because 'poetry is the cruelest month, ' as he says, correcting T. S. Eliot. Transfixed in midparoxysm, the poems also remind us of Samuel Beckett's line (in Watt): 'The pain not yet pleasure, the pleasure not yet pain.' One feels plunged in a wave of happening that is about to crest." -- John Ashbery, from his judge's citation for the Walt Whitman Award
Make a cup of tea and let yourself feel. Pillow Thoughts is a collection of poetry and prose about heartbreak, love, and raw emotions. It is divided into sections to read when you feel you need them most.
'I have lived in important places, times When great events were decided . . .' By turns comical, grouchy and exalted, and including his tragic masterpiece 'The Great Hunger', some of the key poems by the writer who transformed Anglo-Irish verse. Penguin Modern: fifty new books celebrating the pioneering spirit of the iconic Penguin Modern Classics series, with each one offering a concentrated hit of its contemporary, international flavour. Here are authors ranging from Kathy Acker to James Baldwin, Truman Capote to Stanislaw Lem and George Orwell to Shirley Jackson; essays radical and inspiring; poems moving and disturbing; stories surreal and fabulous; taking us from the deep South to modern Japan, New York's underground scene to the farthest reaches of outer space.
'Wives in the avocados, babies in the tomatoes!-and you, Garcia Lorca, what were you doing by the watermelons?' Profane and prophetic verses about sex, death, revolution and America by the great icon of Beat poetry. Penguin Modern: fifty new books celebrating the pioneering spirit of the iconic Penguin Modern Classics series, with each one offering a concentrated hit of its contemporary, international flavour. Here are authors ranging from Kathy Acker to James Baldwin, Truman Capote to Stanislaw Lem and George Orwell to Shirley Jackson; essays radical and inspiring; poems moving and disturbing; stories surreal and fabulous; taking us from the deep South to modern Japan, New York's underground scene to the farthest reaches of outer space.
AN EXUBERANT NEW COLLECTION FROM ONE OF BRITAIN'S BEST LOVED POETS 'The patron saint of poetry' Carol Ann Duffy For more than fifty years, Roger McGough has entranced generations of readers with poetry which is at once playful and poignant, intimate and ambitious in its scope. From forgotten friendships and the idiosyncrasies of family life, to the trauma of war right through to contemporary politics, joinedupwriting explores the human experience in all its shades of light and dark, but always with McGough's signature wit and style. This is the nation's favourite poet at his very finest. 'McGough has done for poetry what champagne does for weddings' Time Out
Over the course of his career, Tomas Transtroemer - a poet who could look on the barren isolation of Sweden's landscapes and seascapes like no other, and find in them something hauntingly transcendent - emerged as one of the 20th century's essential global voices. By the time he won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2011, his luminous, almost mystical work had been translated into more than 50 languages. Gathering his poems from the early, nature-focused work to the later poetry's widening of the scope to take in painting, travel, urban life, and the impositions of technology on the natural world, and stirred throughout by the poet's profound love of music, The Half-Finished Heaven is a unique selection from Transtroemer's work. It is also, in its way, a deeply intimate one: the poems hand-picked here are not only the most beloved, but also those which were translated in the course of Transtroemer's nearly thirty-year correspondence with his close friend and collaborator, the American poet Robert Bly. Few names are more strongly associated with Transtroemer's; and few people have understood not only his poetry, but the processes behind it, more profoundly. The result is perhaps the best English-language introduction to this great and strange poet's work that there could be.
Book of Longing is Leonard Cohen's astonishing new collection of poems, the first since Book of Mercy was published nearly three decades ago. Leonard Cohen made his name as a poet before he came to worldwide attention as a singer and songwriter. Book of Longing, his new collection of poetry, was twenty years in the making and written in Montreal, Mumbai and during his retirement in Mt Baldy. Enhanced by Cohen's own playful and provocative illustrations, these poems show the full range of one of the most influential and enigmatic writers of his generation. 'Awe-inspiring. . . Cohen emerges as the wry, sensual mystic his champions have always known he was' Sunday Telegraph 'Exceptional. Clear yet steamy, cosmic yet private, both playful and profound. . . as soulful a credo as he has ever put on paper' New York Times 'Playful, colourful, erotic. . . brilliant and sharp as flint' Big Issue 'Dazzling' Sunday Herald 'The best bring an ironic, world-weary sensibility to bear on themes of ageing, sex, sensuality and spirituality' Financial Times 'A fine book of poems' Time Out 'Cohen maps this wasteland of the heart with humour, and sometimes anger' Independent Cohen's career began in 1956 with the publication of Let Us Compare Mythologies, and he has since published nine books of poems, and has made numerous internationally successful recordings. In a career spanning fifty years, Leonard Cohen has become one of the western world's most popular and innovative creative artists.
Lavinia Greenlaw's last collection, The Casual Perfect (2011), focused on 'the achievement of the provisional'. The Built Moment explores what we build out of the provisional: beginnings and endings, arrivals and departures, and the moments we fix as memories, fixing too their joy and pain. The first section, 'The Sea is an Edge and an Ending', is a sequence of poems about her father's dementia and his disappearance into the present tense. It is not a narrative of illness so much as a meditation on the metaphysics of memory and loss. What does it mean to exist only in the present, for your sense of self to come loose and for the past to float free? The second section, 'The Bluebell Horizontal', looks towards possibility, and proposes new frameworks in the face of loss. It includes a prayer, a blessing and a speculation on why we cling on to pain. There are structures that arrest remembering and forgetting, and the fundamental arrest of a poet's difficulty with words. The Built Moment masterfully demonstrates how, as we get older and death becomes more a part of life, what we build and what we break out of become more important than ever.
Praise for David Kirby
"Kirby is exuberant, irrepressible, maniacal and remarkably entertaining.... Okay, let me just say it: he is a wonderful poet." -- Steve Kowit, San Diego Union-Tribune
"Kirby's voice and matter (teaching, literature, traveling, rock 'n' roll, everyday bozohood) are utterly personal and, despite all the laughter, ultimately moving." -- Ray Olson, Booklist
" Kirby] is a poet who peels away the layers of our skin to show us who we are: our weaknesses, our strengths, and our hilarious obsessions." -- Micah Zevin, New Pages
"The world that Kirby takes into his imagination and the one that arises from it merge to become a creation like no other, something like the world we inhabit but funnier and more full of wonder and terror." -- Philip Levine, Ploughshares
"These poems may be too cool for words." -- Carol Muske-Dukes, New York Times Book Review
Inspired by the carpenter's biscuit joint -- a seamless, undetectable fit between pieces of wood -- David Kirby's latest collection dramatizes the artistic mind as a hidden connection that links the mundane with the remarkable. Even in our most ordinary actions, Kirby shows, there lies a wealth of creative inspiration: "the poem that is written every day if we're there / to read it."
Well known for his garrulous and comic musings, Kirby follows a wandering yet calculated path. In "What's the Plan, Artists?" a girl's yawning in a picture gallery leads him to meditations on subjects as diverse as musical composition, the less-than-beautiful human figure, and "the simple pleasures / of living." The Biscuit Joint traverses seemingly random thoughts so methodically that the journey from beginning to end always proves satisfying and surprising.
M.M. Walters het bekendheid verwerf as satiriese digter. In hierdie bundel lewer hy in die styl van die Romeinse digter Juvenalis skerp kritiek in die vorm van briewe. Benewens die briewe aan "die Groot Onbekende", aan Lucifer en aan die ou gode, is daar ook briewe aan historiese figure soos Arnoldus Pannevis, die Heilige Augustinus en Johannes Calvyn en tipiese figure van ons tyd, soos die emigrante, die nuwe "geleerdes" en die opkomende maghebbers: Die mistastinge van die kerk en kerkleiers in die verlede, goeie bedoelings wat nie gerealiseer het nie, en magshonger in ons tyd word op genadelose wyse blootgele. Tog moet die leser in die kritiek ook die versugtinge na 'n beter wereld raaksien, die wanhoop oor die verval as gevolg van politieke wanbestuur in die brief aan "Bartholomeus, die Seevaarder" en die besef van die onafwendbaarheid van verandering in die brief aan die "Ou Gode": Die suidelike horing van sy land wat ver / uitsteek, omspoel word deur warm strome, / waar berge, vangnet van klam winde, / blink watervalle maak wat perel, / stort in groen valleie diep en vrugbaar, sy land / sou ys word, ongenaakbaar hard en dood.
“’n Voelboek”, noem die bekroonde digter Johan Marais sy vyfde bundel. By die natuurliefhebber roep dit dadelik assosiasies van ’n naslaanboek op. En dan, op die opdragblad, asof die digter sy leser doelbewus met hierdie assosiasie wou mislei, waarsku hy in Walt Whitman se woorde: "You must not […] be too precise or scientific about birds and trees and flowers […]." Die gedigte bly egter gemoeid met die wetenskaplike benadering tot voels, en hierdie spel van teenstelling en gelykmaking word deur die hele bundel voortgesit.
This Is The Journey is a stillness. A clean slate. A step back. An open window. The counterpart to The Day Is Ready For You, This Is The Journey is a collection of poetry and prose to help bridge the space between wanting, waiting, and possibility.
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