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The "New York Times" has said that "Jorie Graham's poetry is among the most sensuously embodied and imaginative writing we have," and this new collection is a reminder of how startling, original, and deeply relevant her poetry is. In "Sea Change," Graham brings us to the once-unimaginable threshold at which civilization as we know it becomes unsustainable. How might the human spirit persist, caught between its abiding love of beauty, its acknowledgment of continuing injury and damage done, and the realization that the existence of a "future" itself may no longer be assured?
There is no better writer to confront such crucial matters than Jorie Graham. In addition to her recognized achievements as a poet of philosophical, aesthetic, and moral concerns, Graham has also been acknowledged as "our most formidable nature poet" ("Publishers Weekly"). As gorgeous and formally inventive as anything she has written, "Sea Change" is an essential work speaking out for our planet and the world we have known.
..".This time, and in a very different place, the poet ventures upon a much more perilous dig, framing an archeology of the self which requires not only testimony but evidence, not only comment but construction. She disinters along 'boundaries of pain' which Dickinson, her surest mentor, identifies as 'capacious as the sea.' Great accuracy and great tenacity were required to write these poems, in which a significant amount of going under is...undergone. Readers, as well as the writer, must 'in the destructive element immerse'; but by trusting Lesser's method (relentless questioning, dogged reversion to the charge, ironic skepticism as the prolegomenon to any future therapeutics) even as she follows her great predecessor in evidential texts, we ascend with her into radiance...."--Richard Howard on Rika Lesser's wor
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.
In hierdie debuutbundel word die verhouding tussen vader en seun vanaf geboorte tot by volwassenheid verken. Dit is egter 'n besonder komplekse verhouding omdat die seun outisties is. Die tema van outisme, wat nog nie voorheen in die Afrikaanse poesie neerslag gevind het nie, word deurgaans vanuit die subjektiewe ervaring van die vader verwoord, wat voortdurend op soek is na maniere om deur te dring tot die bykans geslote wereld van die kind. Die narokkong van die bundeltitel verwys na 'n geheimsinnige voel van die nag wat ook in D.J. Opperman se gedig “Koggelbos” figureer, maar eintlik verder terugverwys na 'n kortverhaal, “Koors”, deur Sangiro. Vir die siek kind in die verhaal is die narokkong 'n bringer van onheil, maar in die kind se koorsdrome word hy self ook 'n narokkong wat deur die giftige nabome gelok word. In Franzsen se bundel is daar ook 'n vreemde band tussen die outistiese kind en die voel wat alles met sy afsydige swart oe dophou en is dit nie altyd duidelik of die voel bedreiging of beskerming inhou nie. Die gedigte bring die leser te staan voor die wereld van die ouers en hul radelose pogings om deur te dring tot die kind, om iets te verstaan van die manier waarop hy die werklikheid ervaar, en hul bekommrnis omdat hul besef dat hy nooit selfstandig sal kan leef nie (“Paasfees”). Voor hierdie verskynsel is die mediese wetenskap magteloos (“Hippokrates het sy hande vol”). Die leser sien ook iets van die kind se ontuisheid in 'n wereld wat vir hom onbegryplik is – “Hoe dans mens in sirkels/in hierdie vierkantige plek?” word in “Outisme I”gevra, en sy afgeslotenheid en opgeslotenheid (“Kerker”). Daar is egter ook momente van troos (“Engel in die bos”), van humor (“Beseringstyd”) en deernis (“Denmar”). Die bundel eindig met ’n aangrypende gebed (“Slotgesang”).
Die twaalfde letter is die bekende digter, akademikus en radioman Daniel Hugo se sestiende digbundel. Die liefdesvers, die erotiek, die speelse gedig, die spel met ander digters, die obsessie met die dood keer in hierdie bundel terug. Oor die gedigte in hierdie bundel se Joan Hambidge: “Waarskynlik was al die ander bundels net repetisies vir Die twaalfde letter, wat in sy vaardigheid en suiwerheid die kroon span op ’n lang en produktiewe digterskap.
Whip-Hot & Grippy is a collection of possibilities in a state of emergency. In the first part, a series of long-form and sequenced poems augment various states of being divided/plural in attempts to activate unauthorised directions. Disrupted tangents are punctuated by recurring muzak, advertising-speak, sex scenes, terrorism, broadcast media, consumption-anxiety, protest, human-animal relations and cosmic departures. Throughout, informed discontent and humour act as drivers of dissent, mining conceptual complexity and testing poetry's combustible potential. The book culminates in `more flinching', a multi-part poem first published and freely distributed in an exhibition. Merging the news of a military dog, shot in service, with the death of a pet dog, it collapses images with bodies and politics with intimacies, enacting failed attempts to navigate practical and emotional entanglements. Whip-Hot & Grippy is Heather Phillipson's second collection, following her highly praised debut, Instant-flex 718, published in 2013. As well as being an award-winning poet, she is an internally renowned artist whose sculpture, `The End', will be installed on Trafalgar Square's Fourth Plinth in 2020.
In It was a terrible cloud at twilight, Alessandra Lynch reflects on personal, social, moral, and historical terror. These ambitious, imagistic poems move through subjects of violence and loss that are both deeply personal and elegantly public. The elegiac poems in the final section are dedicated to the poet's friend, author Lucy Grealy, whose plight might also be said to embody terror. Lynch's poems are tactile and visual, coining wordsand phrases in surprising ways. They engage in intimate conversations that are both dark and whimsical. Selected by James Richardson from a field of more than six hundred manuscripts as the winner of the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Poetry Prize, this is Alessandra Lynch's second collection.
Piece by Piece He Went for Bill
First, his blue toe.Then, his calf up to the hipbone.He thinned to a frame.
Fireflies faltered, lit intohis bony lattice, the fretted ribs, matingbetween collarbone and pelvis
till the whole leg fell off and insidehe was all air and brightness and treefrogs --
(bluethroated crickets struggled through his beard, a meadow rose from the cave of his stomach)
-- we tried to catch their tender bodies, their thrumming heartsthat longed to be let back
into the wild yellow grass -- no matter howrotten with dew, no matter howdarkened by rain, no matter.
"This book is a joy" - Woman&Home, on Walking with Angels This second collection, published six years after the author was widowed, describes her journeys of discovery - of new loves, new places, new experiences, and of herself. Yet through all of her adventures, near or far, in or out of love, someone was always close by and it was to him, Claire-Louise always returned. Entertaining yet compassionate, light-hearted yet profound, these poems are about life after death in more ways than one. Extract from Walking with Hope I do not see a light Or hear a step upon the stair I can almost touch you I know that you are there. I can feel your presence So strongly, so unseen But I cannot tell anyone They'd say it's just a dream
Incisively capturing the oddities of our logic and the whimsies of our reason, the poems in Whereas show there is always another side to a story. With graceful rhythm and equal parts humour and seriousness, Stephen Dunn considers the superstition and sophistry embedded in everyday life: household objects that seem to turn against us, the search for meaning in the barrage of daily news, the surprising confessions between neighbours across a row of hedges. Finding beauty in the ordinary, this collection affirms the absurdity of making affirmations, allowing room for more rethinking, reflection, revision, prayer and magic in the world.
'But no, she's abstract, is a bird Of sound in the air of air soaring, And her soul sings unencumbered Because the song's what makes her sing.' Dramatic, lyrical and ranging over four distinct personae, these poems by one of Portugal's greatest poets trace a mind shaken by intense suffering and a tireless search for meaning. 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.
The Prophet represents the acme of Kahlil Gibran's achievement. Writing in English, Gibran adopted the tone and cadence of King James I's Bible, fusing his personalised Christian philosophy with a spirit and oriental wisdom that derives from the richly mixed influences of his native Lebanon. His language has a breath-taking beauty. Before returning to his birthplace, Almustafa, the 'prophet', is asked for guidance by the people of Orphalese. His words, redolent with love and understanding, call for universal unity, and affirm Gibran's certainty of the correlated nature of all existence, and of reincarnation. The Prophet has never lost its immediate appeal and has become a ubiquitous touchstone of spiritual literature.
A stunning collection of poems from one of the most revered rap artists in the world, Tupac Shakur, now the subject of the major motion picture, All Eyez On Me. His talent was unbounded, a raw force that commanded attention and respect. His death was tragic - a violent homage to the power of his voice. His legacy is indomitable - remaining vibrant and alive. Here now, are Tupac Shukar's most honest and intimate thoughts conveyed through the pure art of poetry - a mirror into his enigmatic life and its many contradictions. Written in his own hand at the age of nineteen, they embrace his spirit, his energy and his ultimate message of hope. These poems, which Tupac wrote from the heart, will encourage people to take the first steps necessary to see his literary importance, as well as have us acknowledge the life struggles of black men. There is no better way to get inside the mind of an artist than to examine his artistic expressions: sharing his sensitivity, insight, revolutionary mind, fears, passions, and sense of humour, Tupac's stature and recognition as a rapper is clear and unequivocal. THE ROSE THAT GREW FROM CONCRETE now also confirms his place amongst the best writers and poets of his generation.
"Memory and its embodiment in a colloquial, yet highly wrought musical language are what originally drew me to Harrington's manuscript and what continues to pull me back. We learn the story of Lillian and Webster and their children and grandchildren, a black family living a hardscrabble life in the rural South more than sixty years ago. Set on the cusp of the Civil Rights era, the poems chronicle a way of life that has long since vanished."-Elizabeth Spires, from the foreword Janice N. Harrington is an award-winning children's book author and a nationally recognized storyteller. She works as a librarian in Champaign, Illinois.
James Liddy is considered one of Ireland's most original poetic voices. Since his career began in the early 1960s he has gone on to create a body of work unique in both contemporary Irish and American literature. "Honeysuckle, Honeyjuice" gathers together forty poets, novelists, visual artists, and scholars paying tribute to a poet whose work continues to intrigue and inspire readers on both sides of the Atlantic. This volume features poets Thomas Kinsella, Cathal O Searcaigh, and Michael Hartnet; prose from Gabriel Rosenstock, Micheal O Conghaile, and Charles Bukowski; and memoir from Liam O'Connor and George Stanley. For readers unfamiliar with Liddy, it is a unique introduction. For the devotee of Liddy, this book is an indispensable addition to his work and a treasured anthology.
En su madurez, Santillana escribio obras de tipo moral y politico, como los Proverbios en verso encargados por Juan II para la educacion del principe Enrique. De sus obras en prosa lo mas destacado es su Carta Prohemio al Condestable Don Pedro de Portugal (c. 1445). La Carta Prohemio, especie de introduccion al conjunto de sus poemas que le envio al condestable Alvaro de Luna (su gran enemigo), es el primer ensayo critico en castellano sobre la situacion de las literaturas castellana, gallega, catalana, francesa e italiana, y tambien la exposicion de su teoria literaria. En su concepcion aristocratica, la poesia no debe ser un mero pasatiempo, sino algo util, de contenidos profundos y trascendentes. Distingue entre poesia sublime, mediocre e infima;la primera solo se expresa en griego y latin.
In beeldryke verse word die "liefdesgeskiedenis" van die liriese subjek gekoppel aan San- en Khoi-mitologie. Die meeste verse in Grobler se bundel vorm tematies 'n geheel omdat dit die eie bodem en kultuur ontgin en aanspreek. Daar is twee afsonderlike afdelings – te wete Evasgesange waarin die Khoikhoi en die Xhosa hoofsaaklik in gedigte gestalte vind en Boekreis waarin die geskiedenis van Vasco da Gama, die strafekspedisie teen Kalikoet, Catharina de Ataide en kolonialisering 'verdig' word. Catharina was natuurlik die vrou "wat Vasco se swerflus later/ met sewe kinders laat bedaar/" het!
With "School of the Arts," Mark Doty's darkly graceful seventh collection, the poet reinvents his own voice at midlife, finding his way through a troubled passage. At once witty and disconsolate -- formally inventive, acutely attentive, insistently alive -- this is a book of fierce vulnerability that explores the ways in which we are educated by the implacable powers of time and desire in a world that constantly renews itself.
OBSERVER BOOK OF THE YEAR 2017 'Yrsa's work is like holding the truth in your hands. A glorious living thing' Florence Welch 'One of the must-reads of the year' Rohan Silva, Evening Standard 'You will come away bruised. You will come away bruised but this will give you poetry.' Raw and stark, the poems in Yrsa Daley-Ward's breakthrough collection strip down her reflections on the heart, life, the inner self, coming of age, faith and loss to their essence. They resonate to the core of experience. 'yrsa daley-ward's 'bone' is a symphony of breaking and mending. an expert storyteller. of the rarest. and purest kind - daley-ward is uncannily attentive and in tune to the things beneath life. beneath the skin. beneath the weather of the everyday.' nayyirah waheed. author of salt. and nejma 'Sharing is her form of survival ... A powerful collection of a woman facing tumultuous inner and external battles head on, delivered with a hard-hitting directness, yet with inflections of optimism throughout' i-D Magazine
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