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  • 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
  • ARTHUR RIMBAUD : Complete Works
    ARTHUR RIMBAUD : Complete Works
    RIMBAUD ARTHUR
    ISBN: 9780061561771
    Title: ARTHUR RIMBAUD : Complete Works
    Author: RIMBAUD ARTHUR
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    The complete works of the notorious Arthur Rimbaud, one of the most influential and widely read poets of all time One of the world's most influential poets, Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891) is remembered as much for his volatile personality and tumultuous life as he is for his writings, almost all of which he produced before the age of twenty.

    Paul Schmidt's acclaimed collection brings together his complete poetry, prose, and letters, including "The Drunken Boat," "The Orphans' New Year," "After the Flood," and "A Season in Hell." Complete Works is divided into eight "seasons"-Childhood, the Open Road, War, the Tormented Heart, the Visionary, the Damned Soul, a Few Belated Cowardices, and the Man with the Wind at His Heels-that reflect the facets of Rimbaud's life.

    Imprint: HARPER U S
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ASSURANCES  -  Costa Poetry Award Winner 2018
    ASSURANCES - Costa Poetry Award Winner 2018
    MORGAN J O
    ISBN: 9781787330856
    Title: ASSURANCES - Costa Poetry Award Winner 2018
    Author: MORGAN J O
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A compelling multi-layered narrative set in the early years of the Cold War from the award-winning Scottish poet.

    A war-poem both historic and frighteningly topical, Assurances begins in the 1950s during a period of vigilance and dread in the middle of the Cold War- the long stand-off between nuclear powers, where the only defence was the threat of mutually assured destruction.Using a mix of versed and unversed passages, Morgan places moments of calm reflection alongside the tensions inherent in guarding against such a permanent threat. A work of variations and possibilities, we hear the thoughts of those involved who are trying to understand and justify their roles. We examine the lives of civilians who are not aware of the impending danger, as well as those who are. We listen to the whirring minds of machines; to the voice of the bomb itself. We spy on enemy agents- always there, always somewhere close at hand.Assurances is an intimate, dramatic work for many voices- lyrical, anxious, fragmentary and terrifying; a poem about the nuclear stalemate, the deterrent that is still in place today- how it works and how it might fail, and what will vanish if it does.

    Imprint: JONATHAN CAPE
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BAFFLING GRAVITY
    BAFFLING GRAVITY
    SANT ANDREW
    ISBN: 9781925780239
    Title: BAFFLING GRAVITY
    Author: SANT ANDREW
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Gravity as a physical influence, the weight of gravity, and gravity of thought and action are central to Andrew Sant’s new collection of poems — and so too is the means of baffling gravity, not the least by the deployment of wit. Gravity here is also baffling in the alternative sense, as a force or as a theory, which summons perplexity. These poems, wide ranging in time and place, are richly textured investigations of the world, its terrain and its people, by an alert, often restless, informed observer.

    Imprint: PUNCHER AND WATTMANN PUBL
    RRP: $25.00

    Price: $25.00
  • BE WITH  -  Pulitzer Prize for Poetry Winner 2019
    BE WITH - Pulitzer Prize for Poetry Winner 2019
    GANDER FORREST
    ISBN: 9780811226059
    Title: BE WITH - Pulitzer Prize for Poetry Winner 2019
    Author: GANDER FORREST
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    Drawing from his experience as a translator, Forrest Gander includes in the first, powerfully elegiac section a version of a poem by the Spanish mystical poet St. John of the Cross. He continues with a long multilingual poem examining the syncretic geological and cultural history of the U.S. border with Mexico. The poems of the third section-a moving transcription of Gander's efforts to address his mother dying of Alzheimer's-rise from the page like hymns, transforming slowly from reverence to revelation. Gander has been called one of our most formally restless poets, and these new poems express a characteristically tensile energy and, as one critic noted, "the most eclectic diction since Hart Crane."

    Imprint: NEW DIRECTIONS
    RRP: $26.99

    Price: $26.99
  • BEE HUT : POEMS 2001-2008
    BEE HUT : POEMS 2001-2008
    PORTER DOROTHY
    ISBN: 9781863954464
    Title: BEE HUT : POEMS 2001-2008
    Author: PORTER DOROTHY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK


    Imprint: BLACK INC
    RRP: $24.95
    Price: $24.95
  • BEES
    BEES
    DUFFY CAROL ANN
    ISBN: 9780330442459
    Title: BEES
    Author: DUFFY CAROL ANN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The critically acclaimed new collection from the Poet Laureate.

    ‘Beautiful and moving poetry for the real world’ Jeanette Winterson, Guardian

    ‘Wonderful . . . a poet alert to every sound and shape of language’ Sunday Telegraph

    The Bees is Carol Ann Duffy’s first collection of poems as Poet Laureate. In it she uses her full poetic range: there are drinking songs, love poems, poems of political anger; there are elegies, too, for beloved friends, and – most movingly – the poet’s own mother.

    Woven and weaving through the book is its presiding spirit: the bee. Sometimes the bee is Duffy’s subject, sometimes it strays into the poem, or hovers at its edge. In the end, Duffy’s point is clear: the bee symbolizes what we have left of grace in the world, and what is most precious and necessary for us to protect. The Bees, at once intimate and public, is a work of great power from one of our most cherished poets.

    Imprint: PICADOR
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • BEES
    BEES
    DUFFY CAROL ANN
    ISBN: 9781509852925
    Title: BEES
    Author: DUFFY CAROL ANN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Bees is Carol Ann Duffy’s first collection of poems as Poet Laureate. In it she uses her full poetic range: there are drinking songs, love poems, poems of political anger; there are elegies, too, for beloved friends, and – most movingly – the poet’s own mother.

    Woven and weaving through the book is its presiding spirit: the bee. Sometimes the bee is Duffy’s subject, sometimes it strays into the poem, or hovers at its edge. In the end, Duffy’s point is clear: the bee symbolizes what we have left of grace in the world, and what is most precious and necessary for us to protect. The Bees, at once intimate and public, is a work of great power from one of our most cherished poets.

    Imprint: PICADOR
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • BEING ALIVE : THE SEQUEL TO STAYING ALIVE
    BEING ALIVE : THE SEQUEL TO STAYING ALIVE
    ASTLEY NEIL [ED]
    ISBN: 9781852246754
    Title: BEING ALIVE : THE SEQUEL TO STAYING ALIVE
    Author: ASTLEY NEIL [ED]
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'Being Alive' is the sequel to Neil Astley's 'Staying Alive', which became Britain's most popular poetry book because it gave readers hundreds of thoughtful and passionate poems about living in the modern world.

    Now he has assembled this equally lively companion anthology for all those readers who've wanted more poems that touch the heart, stir the mind and fire the spirit.
    'Being Alive' is about being human: about love and loss, fear and longing, hurt and wonder. 'Staying Alive' didn't just reach a broader readership, it introduced thousands of new readers to contemporary poetry, giving them an international gathering of poems of great personal force, poems with emotional power, intellectual edge and playful wit. It also brought many readers back to poetry, people who hadn't read poetry for years because it hadn't held their interest.
    'Being Alive' gives readers an even wider selection of vivid, brilliantly diverse contemporary poetry from around the world. A third companion anthology, 'Being Human' (2011), completes this modern poetry trilogy.

    Imprint: BLOODAXE BOOKS
    RRP: $35.99

    Price: $35.99
  • BEING HUMAN : THE COMPANION ANTHOLOGY TO STAYING ALIVE AND BEING ALIVE
    BEING HUMAN : THE COMPANION ANTHOLOGY TO STAYING ALIVE AND BEING ALIVE
    ASTLEY NEIL [ED]
    ISBN: 9781852248093
    Title: BEING HUMAN : THE COMPANION ANTHOLOGY TO STAYING ALIVE AND BEING ALIVE
    Author: ASTLEY NEIL [ED]
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    "Being Human" is the third book in the "Staying Alive" poetry trilogy. "Staying Alive" and its sequel "Being Alive" have introduced many thousands of new readers to contemporary poetry.

    "Being Human" is a companion volume to those two books - a world poetry anthology offering an even broader, international selection of 'real poems for unreal times'. The range of poetry here complements that of the first two anthologies: hundreds of thoughtful and passionate poems about living in the modern world; poems that touch the heart, stir the mind and fire the spirit; poems about being human, about love and loss, fear and longing, hurt and wonder.
    There are more great poems from the 20th century as well as many recent poems of rare imaginative power from the first decade of the 21st century. But this book is also rare in reflecting the concerns of readers from all walks of life. Such has been the appeal of "Staying Alive" and "Being Alive" that many people have written not only to express their appreciation of these books, but also to share poems which have been important in their own lives. "Being Human" draws on this highly unusual publisher's mailbag, including many talismanic personal survival poems suggested by our readers.

    Imprint: BLOODAXE BOOKS
    RRP: $35.99

    Price: $35.99
  • BEST POEMS OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE : FROM CHAUCER THROUGH ROBERT FROST
    BEST POEMS OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE : FROM CHAUCER THROUGH ROBERT FROST
    BLOOM HAROLD
    ISBN: 9780060540425
    Title: BEST POEMS OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE : FROM CHAUCER THROUGH ROBERT FROST
    Author: BLOOM HAROLD
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The "colossus among critics" (New York Times Magazine) presents his personal selection, with commentary, of the finest poems in the English language. This comprehensive anthology attempts to give the common reader possession of six centuries of great British and American poetry. The book features a large introductory essay by Harold Bloom called The Art of Reading Poetry, which presents his critical reflections of more than half a century devoted to the reading, teaching, and writing about the literary achievement he loves most. In the case of all major poets in the language, this volume offers either the entire range of what is most valuable in their work, or vital selections that illuminate each figure's contribution. There are also headnotes by Harold Bloom to every poet in the volume as well as to the most important individual poems. Much more than any other anthology ever gathered, this book provides readers who desire the pleasures of a sublime art with very nearly everything they need in a single volume. It also is regarded as his final meditation upon all those who have formed his mind.

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • BETTING ON THE MUSE
    BETTING ON THE MUSE
    BUKOWSKI CHARLES
    ISBN: 9781574230017
    Title: BETTING ON THE MUSE
    Author: BUKOWSKI CHARLES
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Betting on the Muse is a combination of hilarious poetry and stories. Charles Bukowski writes about the real life of a working man and all that comes with it.

    Imprint: ECCO
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • BLOODAXE BOOK OF CONTEMPORARY INDIAN POETS
    BLOODAXE BOOK OF CONTEMPORARY INDIAN POETS
    THAYIL JEET (ED)
    ISBN: 9781852248017
    Title: BLOODAXE BOOK OF CONTEMPORARY INDIAN POETS
    Author: THAYIL JEET (ED)
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Jeet Thayil’s definitive selection covers 55 years of Indian poetry in English. It is the first anthology to represent not just the major poets of the past half-century – the canonical writers who have dominated Indian poetry and publishing since the 1950s – but also the different kinds of poetry written by an extraordinary range of younger poets who live in many countries as well as in India. It is a groundbreaking global anthology of 70 poets writing in a common language responding to shared traditions, different cultures and contrasting lives in the changing modern world.

    Thayil’s starting-point is Nissim Ezekiel, the first important modern Indian poet after Tagore, who published his first collection in London in 1952. Aiming for “verticality” rather than chronology, Thayil’s anthology charts a poetry of astonishing volume and quality. It pays homage to major influences, including Ezekiel, Dom Moraes and Arun Kolatkar, who died within months of each other in 2004. It rediscovers forgotten figures such as Lawrence Bantleman and Gopal Honnalgere, and it serves as an introduction to the poets of the future.

    The book also shows that many Indian poets were mining the rich vein of ‘chutnified’ (Salman Rushdie’s word) Indian English long before novelists like Rushdie and Upamanyu Chatterjee started using it in their fiction. It explains why Pankaj Mishra and Amit Chaudhuri have said that Indian poetry in English has a longer, more distinguished tradition than Indian fiction in English.

    The Indian poet now lives and works in New York, New Delhi, London, Itanagar, Bangalore, Berkeley, Goa, Sheffield, Lonavala, Montana, Aarhus, Allahabad, Hongkong, Montreal, Melbourne, Calcutta, Connecticut, Cuttack and various other global corridors. While some may have little in common in terms of culture (a number of the poets have never lived in India), this anthology shows how they are all bound by the intimate histories of a shared English language.

    'The Bloodaxe Book of Contemporary Indian Poets, edited by Jeet Thayil, is a labour of love that gathers the Indian poets writing in English from the past and the present, from within India, from outside. While there may not be a firm geographical location to the experience of being an Indian poet, there is certainly a firm emotional one' – Kiran Desai, Guardian Books of the Year

    Imprint: BLOODAXE BOOKS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
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