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Passionate and sensuous to the limit of synesthesia, these poems address both the mind and body of the reader. A verbal magician, a show-stopping performer, the author educates, stimulates, and moves us through her realization and empowerment of images. Her love of family, familiarity with death, sexualization of everyday life, politics of liberation - these themes are transformed before our eyes into kindling and fed to a flame of such intensity as is rarely to be found in contemporary poetry...in the Philippines, during People Power, when, marking I's on their foreheads, the boys cried Laban! Laban!, laying their thin brown bodies down as a road of bones before tanks, simple only as boys who believe can be, their hair tangling together and black, a twisting mass, moist as kelp.
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.
With humor, irony, and celebration, Luxury explores the comfort and sustenance of life, the bittersweet clarity of aging, and the anxiety of existence. "A notable addition to a body of work that is durable, compelling, and instructive." - David Wojahn "A snapshot of our malaise `one luminous, lost imagination at a time.' " - Millions
"My Index of Slightly Horrifying Knowledge" is a fierce and original collection--its generosity of voice and emotional range announce the arrival of a major new poet.
At the age of twelve, Paul Guest suffered a bicycle accident that left him paralyzed for life. But out of sudden disaster evolved a fierce poetic sensibility--one that blossomed into a refuge for all the grief, fury, and wonder at life forever altered. Although its legacy lies in tragedy, the voice of these brilliant poems cuts a broad swath of emotions: whether he is lamenting the potentiality of physical experience or imagining the electric temptations of sexuality, Guest offers us a worldview that is unshakable in its humanity.
Another gorgeous collection of poetry and prose from Australian poet and social media sensation Beau Taplin. Beautiful, inspiring, and empowering, Worlds of You sweeps readers away on a journey of emotion. Filled with lyric wisdom, Taplin's second book expands on the themes introduced in Bloom, offering insight and comfort.
Wanneer die son verduister, staan mense stil om na te dink oor lig en donker. So word daar oor veel meer as hierdie natuurlike verskynsel besin. Sinisme en humor bly nie agterwee nie maar die groot gedagte skyn weemoed en verwondering te wees. In hierdie 94 gedigte praat bekende digters en debutante saam; prosaskrywers, joernaliste, musikante en ander openbare figure waag hulle hand aan die poesie. Die resultaat is n sonderlinge verkenning van die kreatiewe kragte wat vaardig raak wanneer die natuur sy heerskappy bevestig.
One night, after an evening spent at an unsatisfying social gathering, Oriah Mountain Dreamer sat down and wrote her heartfelt poem 'The Invitation'. It begins, 'It doesn't interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for, and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart's longing…' Profound and passionate, the poem travelled by word-of-mouth and the Internet across the globe to be read at weddings, funerals and spiritual gatherings. Now, in this practical and inspiring book, the author expands on the ideas behind the poem to create a guidebook for living a life full of integrity, commitment and passion.
Remarkable…this book is at once a fierce and tender presence. Its wisdom could become a lifelong companion, engaging and awakening the original, unique rhythm of your mind and soul.'
'An invitation to the ultimate dance.'
Oriah Mountain Dreamer is a workshop leader and writer who has studied with several Native American teachers. She lives in Toronto, Canada.
SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2017 MERCURY MUSIC PRIZE Let Them Eat Chaos, Kate Tempest's new long poem written for live performance and heard on the album release of the same name, is both a powerful sermon and a moving play for voices. Seven neighbours inhabit the same London street, but are all unknown to each other. The clock freezes in the small hours, and, one by one, we see directly into their lives: lives that are damaged, disenfranchised, lonely, broken, addicted, and all, apparently, without hope. Then a great storm breaks over London, and brings them out into the night to face each other - and their last chance to connect. Tempest argues that our alienation from one another has bred a terrible indifference to our own fate, but she counters this with a plea to challenge the forces of greed which have conspired to divide us, and mend the broken home of our own planet while we still have time. Let Them Eat Chaos is a cri de coeur and a call to action, and, both on the page and in Tempest's electric performance, one of the most powerful poetic statements of the year.
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.
"Levi Romero is a strange kind of wizard. He can walk up a New Mexico arroyo and come back with a mysterious object full of quotidian magic. Like a rusted tobacco can the grand-fathers used to roll their smokes. And when you pry open the lid, you can hear their laughter and gossip coming out. That's what he does in poem after poem. I read his work and I learn again how to love this life."--Luis Alberto Urrea
Through familiar details--leaking faucets and lowriders, "chicharrones" and chicken coops--Levi Romero remembers "familia, comunidad, " and "tradiciones" from his upbringing in northern New Mexico's Embudo Valley. Alongside his training and jobs in the building trades and the architectural profession, and now a teacher, his writing has maintained and nurtured his connection to the unique people and land he knows so well and that have seldom been represented in American poetry.
Although the life of Federico Garcia Lorca (1898-1936) was
tragically brief, the Spanish poet and dramatist created an
enduring body of work that remains internationally important. This
selection of 55 poems from the 1921 collection "Libro de poemas"
represents some of his finest work. Imbued with Andalusian
folklore, rich in metaphor, and spiritually complex.
Public Property was Andrew Motion's first collection of poetry after being appointed Poet Laureate. In it, he negotiates the very space of poetry, moving between private and public realms, pondering each from the other's borders. In the opening series of idylls he conjures the expeditionary narratives of a rural childhood, in scenes as precisely remembered as they are irretrievable. Elsewhere he reconsiders moments from the Victorian past from reticent and surprising angles, and elsewhere again he tackles distinctly contemporary themes and situations. The final section of the book contains a number of elegies and love poems, written in a variety of lyric forms, which provoke concerns that are among the most critical in poetry: What is public art? To whom do our most private sentiments belong?
Over the course of several years, Simon Armitage has written hundreds of poems for various projects, commissions, collaborations and events, which stand outside of his mainstream collections but now form a substantial body of work in their own right. They vary from single poems, such as 'Zodiac T Shirt', written to be performed at the launch of Beck's Song Reader, to the suite of ten poems about Branwell Brontė written at the time of the writer's bicentenary. Some have been published - such as the Walking Home and Walking Away poems - but the majority has not, and together they cover an eclectic array of subjects including sculpture, the environment, travel, drama, and media.
Sandettie Light Vessel Automatic represents the nature and scale of Armitage's work - it is an important reflection of his public engagement as a poet and the astonishing range of his interests and talents.
Introduction and Notes by R.T. Jones, Honorary Fellow of the University of York. This edition of the poetry of Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) includes all the poems contained in the Definitive Edition of 1940. In his lifetime, Kipling was widely regarded as the unofficial Poet Laureate, and he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1907. His poetry is striking for its many rhythms and popular forms of speech, and Kipling was equally at home with dramatic monologues and extended ballads. He is often thought of as glorifying war, militarism, and the British Empire, but an attentive reading of the poems does not confirm that view. This edition reprints George Orwell's hard-hitting account of Kipling's poems, first published in 1942, and generally regarded as one of the most important contributions to critical discussion of Kipling.
Deernisvol verken die digter in hierdie bundel ’n denkbeeldige gemeenskap met herkenbare karakters. Die gedigte verbeeld samehorigheid en verlies in ’n spektrum van komiese en dramatiese emosies. Polsend van liefde en die lewe, deurspek met legendes en mites, word die dorpie in sy tydlose volheid vertoon. Uiteindelik vind die leser in die karakters se universaliteit sy of haar eie kleurvolle menswees terug.
In this luminous and authoritative new collection, Jane Hirshfield presents an ever-deepening and altering comprehension of human existence in poems utterly unique, as William Matthews once wrote of her work, in their "praise of ceaseless mutability as life's central splendor."
In poems complex in meaning yet clear in statement and depiction, Hirshfield explores questions of identity, aging, death, and of time and the variegated gifts brought by its relentless passage. Whether meditating upon a button, the role of habit in our lives, or the elusive nature of our relationship to sleep, Hirshfield brings each subject into a surprising and magnified existence.
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