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  • 100 LOVE SONNETS / BILINGUAL EDITION
    100 LOVE SONNETS / BILINGUAL EDITION
    NERUDA PABLO
    ISBN: 9780292756519
    Title: 100 LOVE SONNETS / BILINGUAL EDITION
    Author: NERUDA PABLO
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    "The happiness I feel in offering these to you is vast as a savanna," Pablo Neruda wrote his adored wife, Matilde Urrutia de Neruda, in his dedication of "One Hundred Love Sonnets."

    Set against the backdrop of his beloved Isla Negra, these joyfully sensual poems draw on the wind and tides, the white sand with its scattering of delicate wildflowers, and the hot sun and salty scent of the sea to celebrate their love. Generations of lovers since Pablo and Matilde have shared these poems with each other, making "One Hundred Love Sonnets" one of the most popular books of poetry of all time.

    This beautifully redesigned volume, perfect for gift-giving, presents both the original Spanish sonnets and graceful English translations.

    Imprint: UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS
    RRP: $25.99

    Price: $25.99
  • AENEID BOOK VI
    AENEID BOOK VI
    HEANEY SEAMUS
    ISBN: 9780571327331
    Title: AENEID BOOK VI
    Author: HEANEY SEAMUS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: May 2019 New Release

    In a momentous publication, Seamus Heaney's translation of Book VI of the Aeneid, Virgil's epic poem composed sometime between 29 and 19 BC, follows the hero, Aeneas, on his descent into the underworld. In Stepping Stones, a book of interviews conducted by Dennis O'Driscoll, Heaney acknowledged the importance of the poem to his writing, noting that 'there's one Virgilian journey that has indeed been a constant presence, and that is Aeneas's venture into the underworld. The motifs in Book VI have been in my head for years - the golden bough, Charon's barge, the quest to meet the shade of the father.'

    In this translation, Heaney employs the same deft handling of the original combined with the immediacy of language and flawless poetic voice as was on show in his translation of Beowulf, a reimagining which, in the words of Bernard O'Donoghue, brought the ancient poem back to life in 'a miraculous mix of the poem's original spirit and Heaney's voice'.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • AFLOAT IN LIGHT
    AFLOAT IN LIGHT
    ADES DAVID
    ISBN: 9781742589466
    Title: AFLOAT IN LIGHT
    Author: ADES DAVID
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    David Adès’ luminous and honest collection, Afloat in Light, is chiefly a celebration of fatherhood and of paying attention, utilising Simone Weil’s notion that ‘attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity’. The collection extends to existence and loss, and a discourse on motive and meaning. Maps and moral compass are never far away in such explorations and like all good navigators Adès consults the moon and the stars to guide him through emotional terrain that crosses the globe via Australia, India and the United States. Poems about connection and love—familial, intimate, parental and friendship—hold their weight of history via scar tissue and heritage to allow ‘a vast and full space to fill the maps of our lives’.

    Imprint: UWA PUBLISHING
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • AGONIST
    AGONIST
    DEO SHASTRA
    ISBN: 9780702259746
    Title: AGONIST
    Author: DEO SHASTRA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In its wildness, originality and vitality, this collection announces a distinctive new poetic voice. Like the agonist that binds to a receptor to start a chemical response, these poems conduct experiments with the poetics of attachment, spark and charge. Found poetries adjoin explorations of the limits of form, where the languages of anatomy, etymology and incantation mingle. Together, they craft conversations about fracture and repair, energy, love, and danger.

    Imprint: UNI OF QUEENSLAND PRESS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ALL OF US : THE COLLECTED POEMS
    ALL OF US : THE COLLECTED POEMS
    CARVER RAYMOND
    ISBN: 9780375703805
    Title: ALL OF US : THE COLLECTED POEMS
    Author: CARVER RAYMOND
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In the late '70s and early '80s, Raymond Carver's spare, moving fiction had an impact on American letters like nothing before or since. But Carver began life as a poet, and it might be argued that in their striking rhythms, their almost lyric compression, his stories resemble nothing so much as narrative verse. In All of Us, his collected poems, we find what his widow, Tess Gallagher, calls "the spiritual current out of which he moved to write the short stories." Played out against the quintessential Carver emotional landscapes of loneliness and alcohol and not enough money, these poems seem to contain the seeds of his stories within them, sometimes caught in a single image, line, or idea. Any Carver aficionado will experience shivers of recognition while reading this volume: how the final moments of "My Dad's Wallet" ("our breath coming and going") transmute into the "human noise we sat there making" in "What We Talk About When We Talk About Love"; the way the early poem "Distress Sale" resonates in the garage sale of his "Why Don't We Dance."

    "The poems give themselves as easily and unselfconsciously as breath," Gallagher writes in her introduction, and it's true. But just because they are plainspoken, don't mistake these for the doodles of a fiction writer whiling away the time between stories. Carver's poems have a lyric momentum all their own, never more evident than in his final poems, written months and in some cases just weeks before his death; Carver seems to have broken away from everything but the simplest and most direct forms of expression. This is language burnished to its essentials, heartbreaking in its very clarity. Witness the final words he ever wrote, in "Last Fragment":

    And did you get what
    you wanted from this life, even so?
    I did.
    And what did you want?
    To call myself beloved, to feel myself
    beloved on the earth.

    That much, surely, he did. Carver lived a decade longer than he had any right to expect, lived to give us some of his most powerful work: two of his three books of stories, almost all of these poems. Nearly dead from alcoholism, he was granted a 10-year reprieve--"pure gravy," he calls that time, in one poem--and so were we. --Mary Park

    Imprint: VINTAGE U.S.A.
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ALL THE ODES : A Bilingual Edition
    ALL THE ODES : A Bilingual Edition
    NERUDA PABLO
    ISBN: 9780374534929
    Title: ALL THE ODES : A Bilingual Edition
    Author: NERUDA PABLO
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Pablo Neruda was a master of the ode, which he conceived as an homage to just about everything that surrounded him, from an artichoke to the clouds in the sky, from the moon to his own friendship with Federico García Lorca and his favorite places in Chile. He was in his late forties when he committed himself to writing an ode a week, and in the end he produced a total of 225, which are dispersed throughout his varied oeuvre. This bilingual volume, edited by Ilan Stavans, a distinguished translator and scholar of Latin American literature, gathers all Neruda’s odes for the first time in any language.

    Rendered into English by an assortment of accomplished translators, including Philip Levine, Paul Muldoon, Mark Strand, and Margaret Sayers Peden, collectively they read like the personal diary of a man in search of meaning who sings to life itself, to our connections to one another, and to the place we have in nature and the cosmos.

    All the Odes is also a lasting statement on the role of poetry as a lightning rod during tumultuous times.

    Imprint: FARRAR STRAUS GIROUX
    RRP: $36.99

    Price: $36.99
  • ALL WE KNOW OF PLEASURE : Poetic Erotica by Women
    ALL WE KNOW OF PLEASURE : Poetic Erotica by Women
    SHOMER ENID
    ISBN: 9780932112972
    Title: ALL WE KNOW OF PLEASURE : Poetic Erotica by Women
    Author: SHOMER ENID
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A groundbreaking anthology of well-known female poets that broadens traditional notions of erotic poetry.

    Here is the good stuff: poetry written by women that actually excites the thinking reader. This anthology, spanning work of the last 75 years, will broaden its readers' notions of what defines erotic poetry. For what is more intriguing, more satisfying than strong, self-assured writing?

    This groundbreaking anthology includes the most popular women writers — among them Sharon Olds, Elizabeth Alexander, Anne Sexton, Dorianne Laux, Denise Levertov, Adrienne Rich, Lucille Clifton, and Louise Glu¨ck. These poets fully demonstrate that, far from being prurient, the erotic can permeate even the most mundane aspects of life, from reading a book to buying clothes.

    At the same time, the collection affirms the enormous meaningfulness of poetry — its ability to express the inexpressible and to illuminate the most private and intimate of human experiences. The poets included here represent different ethnicities, geographies, social classes, and sexual preferences. The only characteristic they share is that they are women writing about sex.

    Imprint: NEW SOUTH
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • AND MY HEART CRUMPLES LIKE A COKE CAN
    AND MY HEART CRUMPLES LIKE A COKE CAN
    WHITELOCK ALI
    ISBN: 9781743055342
    Title: AND MY HEART CRUMPLES LIKE A COKE CAN
    Author: WHITELOCK ALI
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Raw and beautiful and completely devoid of pretension, Ali Whitelock's poems will speak to anyone who's ever messed up, been confused, wished they'd done things differently; to anyone who's had an affair and regretted it, who's been loved completely but was too blind to see it.

    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $22.95

    Price: $22.95
  • ANDREW MARVELL : POEMS SELECTED BY SEAN OBRIEN
    ANDREW MARVELL : POEMS SELECTED BY SEAN OBRIEN
    MARVELL ANDREW / OBRIEN SEAN
    ISBN: 9780571235483
    Title: ANDREW MARVELL : POEMS SELECTED BY SEAN OBRIEN
    Author: MARVELL ANDREW / OBRIEN SEAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In this series, a contemporary poet selects and introduces a poet of the past. By their choice of poems and by the personal and critical reactions they express in their prefaces, the editors offer insights into their own work as well as providing an accessible and passionate introduction to some of the greatest poets of our literature. Andrew Marvell was born in Yorkshire in 1624 and was educated in Hull and Cambridge. He became the unofficial laureate to Cromwell and in 1657 he took over from Milton as the Latin Secretary to the Council of State. Famed as a satirist during his lifetime Marvell was a virtually unknown lyric poet until rediscovered in the nineteenth century. However, it was only after the First World War that his poetry gained popularity thanks to the efforts of T. S. Eliot and Sir Herbert Grierson. Marvell died in 1678.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $14.00

    Price: $14.00
  • APES TO ZEBRAS : An A-Z of Shape Poems
    APES TO ZEBRAS : An A-Z of Shape Poems
    STEVENS ROGER
    ISBN: 9781472929525
    Title: APES TO ZEBRAS : An A-Z of Shape Poems
    Author: STEVENS ROGER
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This gorgeous collection of animal poems from Roger Stevens, Liz Brownlee and Sue Hardy-Dawson will entrance and delight in equal measure. Featuring a full alphabet of animals, birds, and insects, with the odd extinct or imaginary creature thrown in, these beautiful shape poems are a perfect way to introduce children to poetry. Some funny, some serious, there is something here for everyone.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $21.99

    Price: $21.99
  • APPALACHIAN FALL : Poems about Poverty in Power
    APPALACHIAN FALL : Poems about Poverty in Power
    MAIDEN JENNIFER
    ISBN: 9780995418172
    Title: APPALACHIAN FALL : Poems about Poverty in Power
    Author: MAIDEN JENNIFER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: CONSIGNMENT STOCK
    RRP: $21.00
    Price: $21.00
  • APPARENTLY
    APPARENTLY
    BURNS JOANNE
    ISBN: 9781925818093
    Title: APPARENTLY
    Author: BURNS JOANNE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The poems collected in apparently appear like visions, intensely experienced but barely real. Where does a poem come from?

    Over four sections this question is considered. The first section gathers poems spring-boarding from the clues and solutions to crossword puzzles; the second recounts unsettling dreams in the form of prose poems or microfictions; ‘dial’, the longest section, acknowledges the bewildering sense of daily time and the dizzying spectacle of social and worldly matters contained within.

    Finally, from a more restful or relaxed vantage, ‘the random couch’ presents a number of drifting poems, written while the poet was lounging on the sofa.

    Imprint: GIRAMONDO
    RRP: $24.00

    Price: $24.00
  • ARGOSY
    ARGOSY
    LI BELLA
    ISBN: 9781922181961
    Title: ARGOSY
    Author: LI BELLA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    WINNER of the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards 2018 (Poetry).

    Shortlisted for the NSW Premier's Literary Awards 2018 (Poetry).

    Commended in The Wesley Michel Wright Prize in Poetry.

    This innovative full-length collection, drawing inspiration from the surrealist collage novels of Max Ernst, is an arresting and utterly unique assemblage of poetry, collage and photography. In two parts, the book engages with themes of travel and exploration, language and loss, identity and originality, as well as the relationship between poetry and other disciplines: the visual arts, history, literature and film. Polyglot in sensibility and content, and daring in construction, Argosy defies categorisation. Grounded firmly in Australian contemporary poetic practice, the book is also outward-looking in its approach to form and content; it constitutes a landmark in both local and international poetics.

    ‘Li is a cartographer of a different kind. Her map-making is as aesthetic as it is topographic, plotting fragmented histories, horizons and the spectral lands of memory and dream.’ Tamryn Bennett, Mascara Literary Review

    Imprint: VAGABOND PRESS
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • ARIEL
    ARIEL
    PLATH SYLVIA
    ISBN: 9780571322725
    Title: ARIEL
    Author: PLATH SYLVIA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Ariel, first published in 1965, contains many of Sylvia Plath's best-known poems, written in an extraordinary burst of creativity just before her death in 1963. Including poems such as 'Lady Lazarus', 'Edge', 'Daddy' and 'Paralytic', it was the first of four collections to be published by Faber & Faber. Ariel is the volume on which Sylvia Plath's reputation as one of the most original, daring and gifted poets of the twentieth century rests...'Since she died my mother has been dissected, analysed, reinterpreted, reinvented, fictionalized, and in some cases completely fabricated. It comes down to this: her own words describe her best, her ever-changing moods defining the way she viewed her world and the manner in which she pinned down her subjects with a merciless eye.' - from Frieda Hughes's introduction to Ariel

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ARIEL : RESTORED EDITION
    ARIEL : RESTORED EDITION
    PLATH SYLVIA
    ISBN: 9780571236091
    Title: ARIEL : RESTORED EDITION
    Author: PLATH SYLVIA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Upon the publication of her posthumous volume of poetry, Ariel, in the mid-1960s, Sylvia Plath became a household name. Readers may be surprised to learn that the draft of Ariel left behind by Sylvia Plath when she died in 1963 is different from the volume of poetry eventually published to worldwide acclaim.This facsimile edition restores, for the first time, the selection and arrangement of the poems as Sylvia Plath left them at the point of her death. In addition to the facsimile pages of Sylvia Plath's manuscript, this edition also includes in facsimile the complete working drafts of the title poem 'Ariel' in order to offer a sense of Plath's creative process, as well as notes the author made for the BBC about some of the manuscript's poems.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ART OF VOICE  : Poetic Principles and Practice
    ART OF VOICE : Poetic Principles and Practice
    HOAGLAND TONY
    ISBN: 9781324002680
    Title: ART OF VOICE : Poetic Principles and Practice
    Author: HOAGLAND TONY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: May 2019 New Release

    An award-winning poet, teacher, and “champion of poetry” (New York Times) demystifies the elusive element of voice.

    In this accessible and distilled craft guide, acclaimed poet Tony Hoagland approaches poetry through the frame of poetic voice, that mysterious connective element that binds the speaker and reader together. A poem strong in the dimension of voice is an animate thing of shifting balances, tones, and temperatures, by turns confiding, vulgar, bossy, or cunning?but above all, alive.

    The twelve short chapters of The Art of Voice explore ways to create a distinctive poetic voice, including vernacular, authoritative statement, material imagination, speech register, tone-shifting, and using secondary voices as an enriching source of texture in the poem. A comprehensive appendix contains thirty stimulating models and exercises that will help poets cultivate their craft. Mining his personal experience as a poet and analyzing a wide range of examples from Catullus to Marie Howe, Hoagland provides a lively introduction to contemporary poetry and an invaluable guide for any practicing writer.

    Imprint: NORTON
    RRP: $35.95

    Price: $35.95
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