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  • Aqua Spinach
    Aqua Spinach
    Beesley, Luke
    ISBN: 9781925336955
    Title: Aqua Spinach
    Author: Beesley, Luke
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: JANUARY 2014 NEW RELEASE

    Melbourne poet Luke Beesley's third
    collection with Giramondo.


    Aqua Spinach rounds out a trilogy of books interested in the
    affinities between poetry and other media – visual arts, music, and
    particularly in this collection, cinema. The poems in Aqua Spinach blend observation, memory and anecdote, producing
    surrealistic imagery as they pivot and twist from image to image. They are infused
    with the atmosphere of surrealist cinema, mimicking the films’ focus on dreams,
    fragments and humour, while also speaking to the author's quotidian Melbourne
    milieu.



    Imprint: GIRAMONDO
    RRP: $24.00
    Price: $24.00
  • ARCHIPELAGO
    ARCHIPELAGO
    AITKEN ADAM
    ISBN: 9781922181947
    Title: ARCHIPELAGO
    Author: AITKEN ADAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: NOVEMBER 2017 NEW RELEASE

    His most personal poetry to date, Adam Aitken’s Archipelago is entirely preoccupied with the experience of living and marrying in France. Much of it written while resident at the Keesing Studio in Paris, and then in the south during a seriously cold spring, many of the poems deal with art, Romantic and Modernist writing and writers, and concepts of nostalgia, spirituality, revolution and resistance. One key question is what France (and Europe generally) mean to an Australian writer, which leads the poet to consider the ‘French inspired’ work of other Australian writers. At a simpler level, the collection attempts to weigh cosmopolitan culture against that of its fictive alternative: semi-rural France, where the poet asks how we might reconcile isolation with social engagement, conservative values with more outward looking perspectives? Adopting the lens of those who live there, Aitken reflects on the region’s Gallo-Roman history, its myths, its communal virtues and constraints, its weather, and on the threats to its ecology.

    Imprint: VAGABOND PRESS
    RRP: $25.00

    Price: $25.00
  • ARCHY AND MEHITABEL : ANNOTATED
    ARCHY AND MEHITABEL : ANNOTATED
    MARQUIS DON
    ISBN: 9780143039754
    Title: ARCHY AND MEHITABEL : ANNOTATED
    Author: MARQUIS DON
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Generations of readers have delighted in the work of the great American humorist Don Marquis, who was frequently compared to Mark Twain.
    These free-verse poems, which first appeared in Marquis's New York newspaper columns, revolve around the escapades of Archy, the philosophical cockroach who was once a poet, and Mehitabel, a streetwise alley cat who was once Cleopatra. Reincarnated as the lowest creatures on the social scale, they prowl the rowdy streets of New York City in between the world wars. The antics of these two immortal characters are now made available for the first time in their original order of publication in this unique, comprehensive collection, which features many poems never before reprinted.

    First time in Penguin Classics Archy and Mehitabel is considered the inspiration for E.B. White's Charlotte's WebFeatures many new poems never reprinted since they were first published early in the twentieth century Introduction places Marquis in the context of American humor and the history of satire.

    Imprint: PENG US
    RRP: $21.99

    Price: $21.99
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • BEOWULF : A NEW TRANSLATION
    BEOWULF : A NEW TRANSLATION
    HEANEY SEAMUS
    ISBN: 9780571203765
    Title: BEOWULF : A NEW TRANSLATION
    Author: HEANEY SEAMUS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK


    Composed towards the end of the first millennium, the Anglo-Saxon poem Beowulf is one of the great Northern epics and a classic of European literature. In his new translation, Seamus Heaney has produced a work which is both true, line by line, to the original poem, and an expression, in its language and music, of something fundamental to his own creative gift. The poem is about encountering the monstrous, defeating it, and then having to live on, physically and psychically exposed, in that exhausted aftermath. It is not hard to draw parallels between this story and the history of the twentieth century, nor can Heaney's Beowulf fail to be read partly in the light of his Northern Irish upbringing. But it also transcends such considerations, telling us psychological and spiritual truths that are permanent and liberating.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • BEST AUSTRALIAN POEMS 2017
    BEST AUSTRALIAN POEMS 2017
    HOLLAND-BATT SARAH [ED]
    ISBN: 9781863959629
    Title: BEST AUSTRALIAN POEMS 2017
    Author: HOLLAND-BATT SARAH [ED]
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Best Australian Poems reveal the impressive depth, diversity and boldness of this country's poetic talent. For the second year in a row, award-winning poet, critic and academic Sarah Holland-Batt selects Australia's finest poems, from both rising stars and well-known figures, presenting a dazzling array of themes and styles. Previous contributors include Judith Beveridge, Stephen Edgar, Fiona Wright, Clive James, Lisa Gorton, Robert Adamson, Dorothy Porter, John Kinsella, David Malouf, Cate Kennedy and Les Murray.

    Imprint: BLACK INC
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • 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: ACTIVE TITLE

    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
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