Your cart is empty
POETRY BOOK SOCIETY RECOMMENDATION
Flèche (the French word for 'arrow') is an offensive technique commonly used in fencing, a sport of Mary Jean Chan's young adult years, when she competed locally and internationally for her home city, Hong Kong. This cross-linguistic pun presents the queer, non-white body as both vulnerable ('flesh') and weaponised ('flèche'), and evokes the difficulties of reconciling one's need for safety alongside the desire to shed one's protective armour in order to fully embrace the world.
Central to the collection is the figure of the poet's mother, whose fragmented memories of political turmoil in twentieth-century China are sensitively threaded through the book in an eight-part poetic sequence, combined with recollections from Chan's childhood. As complex themes of multilingualism, queerness, psychoanalysis and cultural history emerge, so too does a richly imagined personal, maternal and national biography. The result is a series of poems that feel urgent and true, dazzling and devastating by turns.
Johann de Lange, wat in 2011 die Hertzogprys vir poesie ontvang het vir sy bundel Die algebra van nood (2009), bevestig met hierdie bundel kwatryne sy meesterskap. Die bundel bestaan uit 100 kwatryne wat in ses afdelings verdeel is. Binne die klein bestek van vier reels kry De Lange dit telkens reg om kort flitse – byna soos weerlig – van betekenis aan die leser oor te dra. Dit is haas onmoontlik om die groot verskeidenheid temas wat in hierdie gedigte aangeraak word, saam te vat. Daar is liefdesverse, verse oor voels, plante, verwysings na ander skrywers wat wissel van die ou Grieke Theognis en Anakreon tot by Afrikaanse digters soos Joan Hambidge en Sheila Cussons, daar is kort besinnings oor verganklikheid en die tydloosheid van 'n by wat in amber gevang is, verlies en die dood. Bowenal demonstreer die digter hier op verbluffende wyse wat met die digtheid van digterlike taal vermag kan word.
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of I Could Pee on This, Francesco Marciuliano presents this humorous and all too relatable book written from the perspective of some pensive, sometimes intense, but nonetheless insightful pets. Have you ever been labeled as "antisocial," "shy," or "lost in your own thoughts" because you don't realize someone's been calling your name 148 times? The cats understand. All Cats Are Introverts is a collection of self-reflective poetry from cats that clearly shows them to be the insightful, often alert, crowd-averse, personally engaging, probably napping-as-we-speak introverts of the animal kingdom. Enjoy this completely relatable and hilarious book, and perhaps you will soon see the cat-and even yourself-in a whole new light.
There are Heroes - and then there are Greek Heroes. Stephen Fry's glorious retelling of their fascinating stories will be loved by young and old alike. ___________ Mortals and Monsters. Quests and Adventures . . . Few mere mortals have ever embarked on such bold and heart-stirring adventures, overcome myriad monstrous perils, or outwitted scheming vengeful gods, quite as stylishly and triumphantly as Greek heroes. In this companion to his bestselling Mythos, Stephen Fry brilliantly retells these dramatic, funny, tragic and timeless tales. Join Jason aboard the Argo as he quests for the Golden Fleece. See Atalanta - who was raised by bears - outrun any man before being tricked with golden apples. Witness wily Oedipus solve the riddle of the Sphinx and discover how Bellerophon captures the winged horse Pegasus to help him slay the monster Chimera. Filled with white-knuckle chases and battles, impossible puzzles and riddles, acts of base cowardice and real bravery, not to mention murders and selfless sacrifices, Heroes is the story of what we mortals are truly capable of - at our worst and our very best. 'Assured and engaging. The pace is lively, the jokes are genuinely funny, and Fry once again proves himself a master of great learning worn lightly' Guardian 'Here, indeed, be monsters, myriad adventures and machinating gods. Fry is a personable and passionate narrator' - Mail on Sunday 'Just as delightful and difficult to put down as the first. Heroes makes the stories relatable without skimping on the gory details, or sacrificing the truths of the myth. It's rich, it's funny and you'll feel like you've learned a lot' Herald 'This is a spirited retelling of stories that Fry clearly knows and loves' The Times ___________ If you like the sound of Heroes, you'll love Mythos - Fry's first foray into the enthralling world of Greek mythology. Praise for Mythos: 'Ebullient and funny' The Times 'A rollicking good read' Independent 'The Greek gods of the past become relatable as pop culture, modern literature and music are woven throughout. Joyfully informal yet full of the literary legacy' Guardian
Michael Brown's poems have been widely-published in magazines such as The North, Southword and The Rialto, as well as in two pamphlets. In this debut full-length collection, we find new poems on sacrifice, transformation and territory as well as the hesitations and derailments of adult life. Brown often combines meditative intensity with an immanent sense of coalescence, something deeply human. The poems find their purchase in edgeworlds, seeming to interrogate mortality and morality in memorable, chiselled lyrics. This debut will only enhance his reputation as a terrific performer and an important new voice.
Alchemie van my muse is ’n veelvlakkige debuut oor die lewe, die liefde en die lettere waarin die spel met die tradisie van die digkuns ontgin word.
Die digter besin oor digterskap en tree postmodernisties in gesprek met ander digters soos Louw, Kirsch, Boerneef, gert vlok nel, e.a. Daar word satiries gekyk na die posisie van Afrikaans. Die liefde word weerloos besing en oor besin, met nostalgie, humor en pyn. Die lewe en die onafwendbare dood word, soms tong-in-die-kies, ander kere oop-enbloot ontredderd, berym en ontrym.
A reissue of Browning's novel in verse that describes Aurora's successful rebellion against Victorian convention and her right to pursue her own career as a writer as well as be in love.
After the Formalities explores ideas of division and dominance, incorporating history, science and philosophy alongside autobiographical narratives to examine how race, class and masculinity is shaped in contemporary Britain. Technically achieved, emotionally transformative and razor-sharp. After the Formalities is the breakthrough collection of poems by Anthony Anaxagorou, the dynamic writer, educator and literary activist described by The Independent as 'a vastly accomplished, unconventional, selfless poet'.
Following the smash success of her best-selling book, Pillow Thoughts, Courtney Peppernell now returns with the follow-up sequel Pillow Thoughts II: Healing the Heart. Peppernell understands that healing is a process, and Pillow Thoughts II eloquently captures the time and experience that one goes through on their journey to peace through restoration. A collection of inspirational and comforting poems for anyone who is mending from a broken heart.
Students of Latin have long enjoyed the poetry of Ovid, but his love poems, aptly titled" Amores, " have proved more difficult to introduce into the classroom. Curricular changes and increased appreciation of sophisticated love poetry are finally making room for the" Amores." This edition of the first book of the" Amores"--the only one available for both intermediate- and advanced-level classes--addresses the needs of students of varying abilities and experience, helping them comprehend, and more fully enjoy, the rich complexities of Ovid's poetry.
In their introduction to the volume, Maureen B. Ryan and Caroline A. Perkins recount Ovid's career as a poet, describe the elegiac genre, and explain elegiac meter and style. For the Latin text, they briefly introduce each poem, acquainting students with relevant subject matter and themes. Their commentary provides helpful notes clarifying grammatical constructions, word order, ellipsis, and other complexities of the Latin language that can challenge even the most experienced student.
On the assumption that students will gain skills as they work through each poem, Ryan and Perkins give extensive and repeated assistance at the beginning of the text, tapering off as the student's facility increases. Throughout their commentary, they highlight thematic points of interest; explain mythological, cultural, and literary allusions; and stress the importance of Ovid's literary innovations.
In addition to the critical apparatus accompanying each poem, this volume features a glossary of literary terms, a comprehensive Latin-to-English vocabulary, and an up-do-date bibliography.
This poetry collection showcases all the features of Joan Logghe's work that have attracted so many readers: her attention to detail, her warmth, humor, and passionate and inclusive social conscience. At once postmodern and deeply rooted in her adopted northern New Mexico home, Logghe's work connects disparate events and objects. "I named my last child Hope. I never had a last child," she writes in the poem "True or False." Television Is the Golden Calf I read about In Sabbath School. My teacher lied. We live on the northern edge of the Sonorous desert. Armageddon is a small lizard that reconstitutes at first rain. Turtles have an aversion to helium because they are heavyhearted. "Joan Logghe is one of the most exciting poets in America today. Her words sing, slide, slip, & jive. I love everything by Joan."--Natalie Goldberg, author of Writing Down the Bones
"Tropicalia" is a collection of poems by Emma Trelles, winner of the Andres Montoya Poetry Prize. The book is a melodic union between the green insistence of the subtropics and the city ensconced within. Trelles's language is detailed and startling, her poems infused with color and light, and the secret beauty of back alleys and parking lots is seamed to sorrow, hope, and land. Rock bands play among odes to Lorca and Chagall, and the hard news of protest and war lives among the simple pleasures of words and sky.
""Tropicalia" borrows its title from the Brazilian art movement of the same name, a vibrant blend of genres and styles that colored the international arts scene in the late 1960s and 1970s. Edgier and more savvy than the flower-power hippie culture of its neighbors to the north, its vast creative energy drew from many different sources to shape a new hybrid most strongly felt in music, but also visual and performance art, poetry, film, and fashion. As mirror, "Tropicalia" the book brings a similar energy into the mix. Trelles imbues her odd brew of poetic styles and voices with a strong visual sense. The result is a narrative infused with a powerful physicality of place." --from the introduction by Silvia Curbelo, 2010 Andres Montoya Poetry Prize judge
"True to the musical movement of its namesake, "Tropicalia" is a unique fusion of sounds, sights, and textures that entrances the reader into a dream-state. Like a deja vu of the soul, the physical and emotional landscapes these poems render so precisely feel at once familiar and yet like completely new worlds in which I find love, meaning, and resolve for the first time, again. 'Beauty is better felt than seen, ' Trelles writes, and it is true: "Tropicalia" is not a book I merely read, but felt word by word; not poems I merely pondered, but experienced syllable after precious syllable." --Richard Blanco
" 'Everything looks better in a poem, / or worse, depending on how much of the day you were able / to hoard'--That's a typical flash of wisdom from a poet who is herself a hoarder of images, a beautifier of the Miami streets she lyrically documents. I love the immediacy and gusto of "Tropicalia." I am thankful that it is 'thankful to be standing / in the heat watching egrets.' The world may not always 'look better' in Emma Trelles's poems, but it is a better place for all lovers of poetry, thanks to her rich and heartfelt book." --Campbell McGrath
"In "Tropicalia," Emma Trelles gives us Miami--the flora, the fauna, the languages, the interstate. Her poems are luxurious and scrumptious, socially relevant, with oomph and sizzle. The buoyancy of her images and the poignancy of her direct language make Trelles the most exciting poet to emerge from the state with the prettiest name." --Denise Duhamel
"In the poem 'Nocturne in Parts, ' Trelles writes 'There is something all-powerful and holy / about a cold orange. Imagine peeling / each day into one flawless strip." This gorgeous description of how the divine may perceive the passing of time is convincing, yet false when considering the fruit that is this fibrous and sweet debut collection of poems. Amid interstates and wet grass, saints and devils, protests and surrenders, Trelles exists as an eye--a recurring image in the collection--giving credence to a Florida alien and true. Rather than a contiguous peel, this collection is more like the pile of bright rinds one finds between their feet after feeding ravenously." --Kyle G. Dargan, author of "Logorrhea Dementia: A Self-Diagnosis"
States of Happiness, Suzanne Batty's second full-length collection, begins with an extended sequence written in memory of her twin sister. This explores their relationship from shared birth to her twin's early death from Friedreich's ataxia, a rare degenerative disease. Suzanne Batty's gifts of empathy and imagination combine to produce a profoundly moving elegy telling the hidden story of growing up as the "well" twin and exploring the meaning of illness and wellness in the light of her own experiences. The collection as a whole extends her range and probes more deeply her primary concerns - the uncertainty and necessity of love and the drive to find meaning and healing through the medium of language. The search for states of happiness, no matter how fleeting, is at the heart of this collection. These are poems which move from the everyday to the visionary, in which the physical world reflects changing emotional and perceptual states. Anarchic and sensuous, they fearlessly encounter both beauty and darkness, enabling a new and deeper connection with the world.
Just as the day could use another hour, I need another idea. Not a conceptor a slogan. Something more like a rutmade thousands of years ago by one of the firstwheels as it rolled along. It never came backto see what it had done, and the rutjust stayed there, not thinking of itselfor calling attention to itself in any way.Sun baked it. Water stood, or rather satin it. Wind covered it with dust, then blew itaway. Always it was available to itselfwhen it wished to be, which wasn't often.
Then there was a cup and ball theoryI told you about. A lot of people had left the coast.Squirt conditions obtained. I forgot I overwhelmed youonce upon a time, between everybody's sound sleepand waking afterward, trying to piece togetherwhat had happened. The rut glimmeredthrough centuries of snow and after.I suppose it was trying to make some pointbut we never found out about that, having come to know each other years laterwhen our interest in zoning had revived again.
You may like...
Kleur Kom Nooit Alleen Nie
Antjie Krog Paperback
I Wish I'd Said - A Product Of The AVBOB…
Johann de Lange, Mantoa Motinyane Paperback R191 Discovery Miles 1 910
Khaled Hosseini Hardcover (1)
In A Free State - A Music
P.R. Anderson Paperback R172 Discovery Miles 1 720
Unlearn - 101 Simple Truths for a Better…
Humble the Poet Hardcover (1)
Leonard Cohen Hardcover (3)
The MOUTHS OF GRAZING THINGS
Die Goddelike Komedie - Liefde Laat Die…
Cas Vos Paperback R167 Discovery Miles 1 670
Our Words, Our Worlds - Writing On Black…
Makhosazana Xaba Paperback
Through the Eye of a Needle
Lebogang Lance Nawa Paperback R20 Discovery Miles 200