Block of Books
  •  
  • 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: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ABORIGINAL COUNTRY
    ABORIGINAL COUNTRY
    BELLEAR LISA
    ISBN: 9781742589756
    Title: ABORIGINAL COUNTRY
    Author: BELLEAR LISA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Much of Lisa Bellear's poetry is politics made eloquent. In Aboriginal Country many poems seem to spark with frustrated energy over Australia's political crossed circuits regarding a treaty with our First Nations peoples - as promised by Prime Minister Hawke in 1988. Reading the title poem for the first time I was struck by its power. We are on Aboriginal Country in Australia. With subtle barbs she wakes us as to how the 'ownership' (via naming 'rights') of Australian public lands and monuments lauds absent white English royalty and 'intrepid god fearing discoverers'. Yet in her closing lines the poet transforms this potential for bitterness into a moment of hushed respect for country. - Jen Jewel Brown, Editor

    I am one of many Australians who never met Lisa Bellear, yet was shocked by her unexpected and tragic passing. These poems are her gift! In this collection the poems resonate her warrior spirit, and the spirit of Aboriginal Country, as was her wish. - Ali Cobby Eckermann, Nunga poet and writer

    Lisa Bellear became a close friend when I studied and taught at Melbourne University from the mid-1990s. During that time she became renowned not only as a poet but also as a community photographer recording numerous events and people in the local Aboriginal community. Her sudden departure was a great shock to all who knew her, but she lives on in our memories because her poems and photographs are the powerful legacy she left us. - Dr Gary Foley, Associate Professor in History, Moondani Balluk, Victoria University

    'The emphatic, committed voice of this remarkable Goernpil woman, feminist, poet, photographer, and activist shines through.' - John Kinsella, Australian Book Review - Books of the Year 2018

    Imprint: University of WA Publishing
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • AFLAME
    AFLAME
    JAIRETH SUBHASH
    ISBN: 9780648901167
    Title: AFLAME
    Author: JAIRETH SUBHASH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Aflame begins in Soviet Moscow and ends with a Tibetan Buddhist monk's self-immolation; residing between them - improvisations after celebrated Japanese Haikus. Written in an intricate and polyphonic structure, Subhash Jaireth's rare and carefully crafted rhythms reveal the creeping melancholic joy of silence and life's elusive beauty.



    Imprint: Newsouth Books
    RRP: $19.99
    Price: $19.99
  • 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
  • AFRICAN AMERICAN POETRY : 250 Years of Struggle and Song
    AFRICAN AMERICAN POETRY : 250 Years of Struggle and Song
    YOUNG KEVIN [ED]
    ISBN: 9781598536669
    Title: AFRICAN AMERICAN POETRY : 250 Years of Struggle and Song
    Author: YOUNG KEVIN [ED]
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Only now, in the 21st century, can we fully grasp the breadth and range of African American poetry- a magnificent chorus of voices, some familiar, others recently rescued from neglect. Here, in this unprecedented anthology expertly selected by poet and scholar Kevin Young, this precious living heritage is revealed in all its power, beauty, and multiplicity. Discover, in these pages, how an enslaved person like Phillis Wheatley confronted her legal status in verse and how an antebellum activist like Frances Ellen Watkins Harper voiced her own passionate resistance to slavery. Read nuanced, provocative poetic meditations on identity and self-assertion stretching from Paul Laurence Dunbar to Amiri Baraka to Lucille Clifton and beyond. Experience the transformation of poetic modernism in the works of figures such as Langston Hughes, Fenton Johnson, and Jean Toomer. Understand the threads of poetic history--in movements such as the Harlem and Chicago Renaissances, Black Arts, Cave Canem, Dark Noise Collective--and the complex bonds of solidarity and dialogue among poets across time and place. See how these poets have celebrated their African heritage and have connected with other communities in the African Diaspora. Enjoy the varied but distinctly Black music of a tradition that draws deeply from jazz, hip hop, and the rhythms and cadences of the pulpit, the barbershop, and the street. And appreciate, in the anthology's concluding sections, why contemporary African American poetry, amply recognized in recent National Book Awards and Poet Laureates, is flourishing as never before. Taking the measure of the tradition in a single indispensable volume, African American Poetry- 250 Years of Struggle and Song sets a new standard for a genuinely deep engagement with Black poetry and its essential expression of American genius.

    Imprint: LIBRARY OF AMERICA
    RRP: $71.99

    Price: $71.99
  • AFTER FAME
    AFTER FAME
    RIVIERE SAM
    ISBN: 9780571356928
    Title: AFTER FAME
    Author: RIVIERE SAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    After Fame is a discursive rendering of the Roman epigrammatist Martial's Book I. Its 118 poems, on themes such as work, friendship and public life, are modelled after the source material through a variety of 'treatments' - most notably machine translation (for which Latin still presents near-insurmountable difficulties), employing the results as scaffolding for poems that quickly improvise their way clear of their originals. As it progresses, the book is increasingly interrupted by reflections on authorship, technology, cultural complicity and the privileged, mediating role of the poet: all fixations of Martial's work that still resonate today. Pitched between translation and new writing, After Fame challenges the integrity of both categories, dramatising the obscurity of its source, refraining from easy equivalences, while insisting on its contemporary relevance.

    Imprint: Faber and Faber
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ALL OF US : The Collected Poems
    ALL OF US : The Collected Poems
    CARVER RAYMOND
    ISBN: 9781860463648
    Title: ALL OF US : The Collected Poems
    Author: CARVER RAYMOND
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    Raymond Carver always thought of himself, first and foremost, as a poet. As he pointed out himself, he began as a poet and his first published work was a poem. This collected edition of his poems brings together, in the order of the first American publication, the poems of Fires (1985), Where Water Comes together with Other Water (1986), Ultramarine (1988), A New Path to the Waterfall (1989) and No Heroics, Please (1991). The text is edited by Professor William L. Stull of the University of Hartford, with notes and significant variorum readings, and is introduced by Raymond Carver's widow, Tess Gallagher. Like his stories, Carver's poems are spare and compressed, making use of everyday language with a moving simplicity and directness that seem easy to achieve but are the result of careful craftsmanship. This Collected Poems is an essential volume for any admirer of Carver and his writings.

    Imprint: Harvill Secker
    RRP: $37.99

    Price: $37.99
  • 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 and Giiroux
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • 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: Newsouth Books
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ALWAYS POOH AND ME : A Collection of Favourite Poems
    ALWAYS POOH AND ME : A Collection of Favourite Poems
    MILNE A A
    ISBN: 9780755501236
    Title: ALWAYS POOH AND ME : A Collection of Favourite Poems
    Author: MILNE A A
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A picture book edition of Us Two and other favourite A.A.Milne poems.

    Wherever I am, there's always Pooh
    There's always Pooh and Me.
    Whatever I do, he wants to do.


    This selection of poetry from A.A.Milne's When We Were Very Young and Now We Are Six, features Christopher Robin and his dear friend, Pooh, with beautiful decorations from Winnie-the-Pooh illustrator E. H. Shepard, making it the perfect book for those who would like to be six for ever and ever.

    Imprint: Egmont Books
    RRP: $16.99

    Price: $16.99
  • AMOROSO : Fifty Polish Love Poems Translated from Polish by Marcel Weyland
    AMOROSO : Fifty Polish Love Poems Translated from Polish by Marcel Weyland
    WEYLAND MARCEL [TRAN]
    ISBN: 9780648523246
    Title: AMOROSO : Fifty Polish Love Poems Translated from Polish by Marcel Weyland
    Author: WEYLAND MARCEL [TRAN]
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'If the first poetry was of love, then this collection of verse digs deep into the psyche of the Polish people in all their passionate, flirty, irrepressible, seductive, nostalgic, romantic and self-delusional diversity. Marcel Weyland, in exploring the wide fields of his native country’s language, and conveying it so eloquently in that of his adopted country, reveals both the specifics of a national culture and the universals that tie humanity together across the world. Marcel celebrates his own long love with his late wife and soulmate Philippa and conveys the potent emotions in the poetry of love and his own delight in the exquisite language of poetry. His readers will luxuriate in both.' — Andrew Jakubowicz, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, University of Technology Sydney

    Imprint: BRANDL & SCHLESINGER
    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
  • ANH AND LUCIEN
    ANH AND LUCIEN
    PAGE TONY
    ISBN: 9781760801465
    Title: ANH AND LUCIEN
    Author: PAGE TONY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Anh and Lucien is a compelling celebration of male desire and intimacy – and also a gripping clash of cultures and ideologies. Danger and death pervade Tony Page’s sensuous and sensitive evocation of a risky love affair in an alluring, unsettled place and time, Indochina 1940. Intrigue and art, passion and espionage interweave to drive and doom the relationship between Anh, a young revolutionary, and Lucien, a disaffected French bureaucrat. Page skillfully deploys alternating dramatic monologues to increase the tension as loyalty and betrayal merge towards Lucien’s final sacrifice

    Imprint: University of WA Publishing
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • ANOTHER TIME
    ANOTHER TIME
    AUDEN W H
    ISBN: 9780571351152
    Title: ANOTHER TIME
    Author: AUDEN W H
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Another Time was the first volume that Auden published after his departure to America with Christopher Isherwood in January 1939. It was dedicated to Chester Kallman. The poems, some of which date from the early thirties, are about people, places and the intellectual climate of the times, and they show greater variety of tone and technique than in any previous book of Auden's. Some of his most famous and often quoted (or misquoted) lines appear in their original form, including the text of two poems in particular - 'Spain 1937' and 'September 1,1939' - that he later altered or repudiated.

    This beautifully designed edition forms part of a series of ten titles celebrating Faber's publishing over the decades.

    Imprint: Faber and Faber
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ANTHOLOGY OF AUSTRALIAN PROSE POETRY
    ANTHOLOGY OF AUSTRALIAN PROSE POETRY
    ATHERTON CASSANDRA / HETHERINGTON PAUL
    ISBN: 9780522874747
    Title: ANTHOLOGY OF AUSTRALIAN PROSE POETRY
    Author: ATHERTON CASSANDRA / HETHERINGTON PAUL
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Prose poetry is a resurgent literary form in the English-speaking world and has been rapidly gaining popularity in Australia. Cassandra Atherton and Paul Hetherington have gathered a broad and representative selection of the best Australian prose poems written over the last fifty years.



    The Anthology of Australian Prose Poetryincludes numerous distinguished prose poets—Jordie Albiston, joanne burns, Gary Catalano, Anna Couani, Alex Skovron, Samuel Wagan Watson, Ania Walwicz and many moremdash;and documents prose poetry's growing appeal over recent decades, from the poetic margins to the mainstream.


    This collection reframes our understanding not only of this dynamic poetic form, but of Australian poetry as a whole.

    Imprint: Melbourne University Press
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • ANTIEMETIC FOR HOMESICKNESS
    ANTIEMETIC FOR HOMESICKNESS
    ANTE ROMALYN
    ISBN: 9781784743000
    Title: ANTIEMETIC FOR HOMESICKNESS
    Author: ANTE ROMALYN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Born on the fiesta of San Sebastian in her hometown of Lipa Batangas, Romalyn Ante left the Philippines at 16, when her mother - a nurse in the NHS - brought the family to the UK. The poems in her debut collection, Antiemetic for Homesickness, are a bridge between these two worlds- lush with the smells and tastes of home back in the Philippines, they piercingly explore notions of identity, homeland and heritage across cultures, languages and the place one calls home.

    Soaked in a rich landscape of memory, Philippine mythology, and folklore, and studded with Tagalog, her poems speak of the ache of assimilation and the complexities of belonging, but also the healing and restoration that can be found through her work as a nurse.

    From a talented young poet already garnering prizes and praise, this is a debut alive with vitality and possibility, a feast for the senses, and one that offers a dazzlingly unique perspective on identity in an ever-expanding world.

    Imprint: Chatto & Windus Publishers
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
Page: 1 2 3 4 5 .. 27