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  • WINTER TREES
    WINTER TREES
    PLATH SYLVIA
    ISBN: 9780571330102
    Title: WINTER TREES
    Author: PLATH SYLVIA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Both published posthumously in 1971, Crossing the Water and Winter Trees contain the poems written along with those that went to form Ariel, from the exceptionally creative period that led up to Sylvia Plath's suicide in 1963. Between them they evoke a sense of place and history, mythology both personal and familial and rooted deeply in the natural world. Alongside the poems in Winter Trees is published Plath's radio play Three Women. In these new incarnations the two extraordinary volumes find their place alongside The Colossus and Ariel in the oeuvre of a singular talent.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • WITCH DOESNT BURN IN THIS ONE
    WITCH DOESNT BURN IN THIS ONE
    LOVELACE AMANDA
    ISBN: 9781449489427
    Title: WITCH DOESNT BURN IN THIS ONE
    Author: LOVELACE AMANDA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Amanda Lovelace returns in the witch doesn't burn in this one — the bold second book in her "women are some kind of magic" series.

    The witch: supernaturally powerful, inscrutably independent, and now – indestructible. These moving, relatable poems encourage resilience and embolden women to take control of their own stories. Enemies try to judge, oppress, and marginalise her, but the witch doesn't burn in this one.

    Imprint: ANDREWS MCMEEL
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • WORDS FROM THE WALL
    WORDS FROM THE WALL
    THORPE ADAM
    ISBN: 9781787330993
    Title: WORDS FROM THE WALL
    Author: THORPE ADAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    These remarkable poems are despatches from the edges of experience: from the remote coast of northern Iceland where tree-trunks and dead whales lie beached, to the furthest outposts of the Roman empire in the title poem – ‘From the very limit of the world,/Flavius sends you greetings, my lord.’ The collection is concerned with borders and brinks – the liminal spaces where distinctions blur between outer and inner, known and unknown, between what is familiar and what is other. This is the terrain of the displaced and deracinated but also the shimmering space where all is volatile, mutable, in flux – and it is also, of course, the thin, transparent veil between waking and sleep, between life and death.

    Shadowed by mortality, lit by lyrical grace, Words from the Wall includes poems about the killing fields of Agincourt, Flanders, Vietnam and a memorial poem to the victims of the 2015 Bataclan attack where the dead are ‘stations of flame’, and it begins and ends at the boundaries of the Roman territory, at the edge of life: ‘The girls I laughed with once/in the baths’ atrium/are withered and wattle-necked./I love them still…’

    Imprint: RANDOM HOUSE
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • WORKS AND DAYS
    WORKS AND DAYS
    HESIOD
    ISBN: 9780141197524
    Title: WORKS AND DAYS
    Author: HESIOD
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A new verse translation of one of the foundational ancient Greek works by the award-winning poet Alicia Stallings.

    The ancient Greeks revered Hesiod, believing he had beaten Homer in a singing contest and that after his dead body was thrown to sea, it was brought back by dolphins. His Works and Days is one of the most important early works of Greek poetry. Ostensibly written by the poet to chide his lazy brother, it recounts the story of Pandora's box and humanity's decline since the Golden Age, and can be read as a celebration of rural life and a hymn to work.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • WORKS OF ALFRED LORD TENNYSON
    WORKS OF ALFRED LORD TENNYSON
    TENNYSON LORD ALFRED
    ISBN: 9781853264146
    Title: WORKS OF ALFRED LORD TENNYSON
    Author: TENNYSON LORD ALFRED
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    With an Introduction, Notes and Bibliography by Karen Hodder.

    Although Tennyson (1809-1892) has often seemed to personify the Victorian Age, he was a poet before it began and his poems endure to speak clearly to this modern one. His mastery of a great variety of poetic forms and moods enables him to communicate such extremes of feeling as "calm despair and wild unrest"; rapturous love: "the soul of the rose went into my blood"; and noble resolve:

    …One equal temper of heroic hearts / Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will.

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
    RRP: $16.95

    Price: $16.95
  • WORLDS WIFE
    WORLDS WIFE
    DUFFY CAROL ANN
    ISBN: 9781509852666
    Title: WORLDS WIFE
    Author: DUFFY CAROL ANN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    This unique collection of poems from the Poet Laureate, filled with her characteristic wit, is a feminist classic and a modern take on age-old mythology.

    Who? Him. The Husband. Hero. Hunk.
    The Boy Next Door. The Paramour. The Je t'adore.


    Behind every famous man is a great woman - and from the quick-tongued Mrs Darwin to the lascivious Frau Freud, from the adoring Queen Kong to the long-suffering wife of the Devil himself, each one steps from her counterpart's shadow to tell her side of the story in this irresistible collection.

    Original, subversive, full of imagination and quicksilver wit, The World's Wife is Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy at her beguiling best.

    Imprint: PICADOR
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • YEAR OF READING ALOUD : 52 Poems to Learn and Love
    YEAR OF READING ALOUD : 52 Poems to Learn and Love
    RODGERS GEORGINA
    ISBN: 9781473670891
    Title: YEAR OF READING ALOUD : 52 Poems to Learn and Love
    Author: RODGERS GEORGINA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Enjoy the magic of reading aloud and switch off from the distractions of life through the contemplation of poetry.

    Reciting poetry is a tradition as old as time. Ancient Greeks used it for awakening the mind and shaping character. Memorising poetry exercises the brain and gives it strength to learn and remember other information. It is also innately mindful as it calls us back to focus on where we are right now. It makes us pay attention and helps us inhabit the moment. This is a gift book that celebrates the power of spoken word. With 52 short poems, week by week, you will be taken on a very special journey. Each poem will be accompanied by an explanation of its key messages along with some insight about the poet. You will then have the opportunity to learn it. Drawing both on familiar favourites and new voices, this is a book to capture your creative imagination through verse. In addition to that, it honours our rich oral tradition and inspires the gift of reading aloud.

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $32.99
    Price: $32.99
  • YEAR WITH HAFIZ : DAILY CONTEMPLATIONS
    YEAR WITH HAFIZ : DAILY CONTEMPLATIONS
    HAFIZ / LADINSKY DANIEL
    ISBN: 9780143117544
    Title: YEAR WITH HAFIZ : DAILY CONTEMPLATIONS
    Author: HAFIZ / LADINSKY DANIEL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    A year's worth of ruminations from one of the world's most revered literary and spiritual teachers.

    The poems of Hafiz are not literary remnants from a remote past but masterpieces filled with cherished and timeless wisdom. With learned insight and a delicate hand, Daniel Ladinsky explores the many emotions addressed in these verses. H is renderings, presented here in 365 poignant poems-including a section based on the translations of H afiz by Ralph Waldo Emerson-capture the compelling wisdom of one of Islam's most revered artistic and religious voices. Intimate and often spiritual, the poems are beautifully sensuous, playful, wacky, profound, and full of wonderful wit and humor, and provide guidance for everyday life, as well as reflection points to help readers grow as individuals.



    Imprint: PENGUIN DELUXE CLASSICS
    RRP: $32.99
    Price: $32.99
  • YOU GET SO ALONE AT TIMES THAT IT JUST MAKES SENSE
    YOU GET SO ALONE AT TIMES THAT IT JUST MAKES SENSE
    BUKOWSKI CHARLES
    ISBN: 9780876856833
    Title: YOU GET SO ALONE AT TIMES THAT IT JUST MAKES SENSE
    Author: BUKOWSKI CHARLES
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Charles Bukowski examines cats and his childhood in You Get So Alone at Times, a book of poetry that reveals his tender side. He delves into his youth to analyze its repercussions.

    Imprint: ECCO
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • YOUNG POETS : AN AUSTRALIAN ANTHOLOGY
    YOUNG POETS : AN AUSTRALIAN ANTHOLOGY
    LEONARD JOHN [ED]
    ISBN: 9780980852332
    Title: YOUNG POETS : AN AUSTRALIAN ANTHOLOGY
    Author: LEONARD JOHN [ED]
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The poets here are Elizabeth Campbell, Bonny Cassidy, Sarah Holland-Batt, L K Holt, Graeme Miles, Simon West and Petra White.

    And the book is a celebration: large samples of poems from each. Now in their late twenties to mid-thirties, each has a substantial body of wide-ranging, stimulating and moving work. Generational groupings of poets are often self-selected around defined reading interests. In this case it's inclination to devour as much of poetry's past and present traditions as possible, for the wide craft and spirit of the art. The upshot is a particular, persistent elan: intelligence that is free to be daring, with a practised suppleness of free-verse lines. These poets share the modernists' eclecticism, taken into the postmodern - having grown up with the effects of instant, global communication. The diversity of contemporary experience has a ready and confident home in their art. These are poems of a true distinction.

    Imprint: JOHN LEONARD PRESS
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • YUIQUIMBIANG
    YUIQUIMBIANG
    CRISP LOUISE
    ISBN: 9780648056898
    Title: YUIQUIMBIANG
    Author: CRISP LOUISE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: CORDITE BOOKS
    RRP: $20.00
    Price: $20.00
  • ZANZIBAR LIGHT
    ZANZIBAR LIGHT
    MEAD PHILIP
    ISBN: 9781922181701
    Title: ZANZIBAR LIGHT
    Author: MEAD PHILIP
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    These poems play with the endlessly malleable form of the sonnet, across a spectrum of tone and register, from traditional to terminals. They are in the innovative traditions of contemporary poetry that are willing to explore and remediate any of the conventions of the poetic archive. In the longer form poems shifting states of consciousness are tagged to scraps of language and mysteriously resonant scenes of contemporary life. The emphasis is always on the ephemeral, the intersections of dreamscapes with the barely noticeable strata of everyday life. The sentences are always close to ordinary, but unafraid to follow the runs of association and blockage generated by language itself.

    ‘This is a book of cross-talking voices coming from the same source. Meditative poems about landscape necessarily collide and upend the tangents of modernity, the ironies of the “civilized.” The sonnets in the book work individually and collectively, and there's an underlying journey in search of equanimity and knowledge but constantly being confronted and re-routed by the insensitivities, opportunisms and commercial bru

    Imprint: VAGABOND PRESS
    RRP: $25.00

    Price: $25.00
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