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  • UNACCOMPANIED
    UNACCOMPANIED
    ARMITAGE SIMON
    ISBN: 9780571333851
    Title: UNACCOMPANIED
    Author: ARMITAGE SIMON
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: MAY 2018 NEW RELEASE

    The eleventh single volume of poetry from one of the Britain's most celebrated and influential contemporary poets, Simon Armitage.

    Praised for his powerfully inventive, influential verse, Simon Armitage has resided at the heart of British poetry for more than a quarter century. Throughout, his work has celebrated range and adaptability, most recently in the prose poems of Seeing Stars (2010), the dramatisation of The Last Days of Troy (2014) and the translation of medieval Pearl (2016). But The Unaccompanied, his eleventh single volume, is a return to Armitage's trademark contemporary lyricism. Warm, knowing, generous and moving, the poems in this new collection combine wit and mischief with heart-stopping honesty, and mark out The Unaccompanied as a major publication by a writer the Observer has described as 'the best poet of his generation.'

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • UNCOLLECTED POEMS
    UNCOLLECTED POEMS
    THOMAS R S
    ISBN: 9781852248963
    Title: UNCOLLECTED POEMS
    Author: THOMAS R S
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    R.S. Thomas (1913-2000) is a major writer of our time, one of the finest religious poets in the English language and one of Wales's greatest poets. His output was prolific: over six decades he published some 25 individual collections of poems, as well as several volumes of prose. A substantial number of his poems, however, have hitherto remained uncollected, and often elusive - poems published in newspapers, magazines and journals (many of them obscure), as well as in private or limited editions. Uncollected Poems - published to mark the centenary of Thomas's birth - brings together for the first time a rigorous selection of the best of these. The fruit of several years' research by Tony Brown and Jason Walford Davies, the volume makes available work which spans the whole of Thomas's career - from an early sonnet to his first wife, M.E. Eldridge (included in his first, unpublished, collection Spindrift in the late 1930s) and an early Iago Prytherch poem published in the Dublin Magazine, to poems which are powerful expressions of the metaphysical meditations of his later years. R.S. Thomas's Uncollected Poems takes its place alongside Collected Poems 1945-1990 (Dent, 1993; Phoenix, 2000), Selected Poems (Penguin, 2003) and Collected Later Poems 1988-2000 (Bloodaxe Books, 2004). It gives readers of R.S. Thomas's work access to much new and fascinating material. Uncollected Poems is a companion volume to R.S. Thomas's Collected Later Poems 1988-2000 (Bloodaxe Books, 2004), the sequel to Collected Poems 1945-1990 (Dent, 1993; Phoenix Press, 2000), which only covers his collections up to Experimenting with an Amen (1986). Collected Later Poems 1988-2000 reprints in full the contents of R.S. Thomas's last five collections, The Echoes Return Slow (Macmillan, 1988: unavailable for many years), and Bloodaxe's Counterpoint (1990), Mass for Hard Times (1992), No Truce with the Furies (1995) and the posthumously published Residues (2002). There is no overlap between the two Bloodaxe editions: none of the poems in Residues, uncollected at the time of his death in 2000, is included in Uncollected Poems.

    Imprint: BLOODAXE BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • UNDER MILKWOOD
    UNDER MILKWOOD
    THOMAS DYLAN
    ISBN: 9781780227245
    Title: UNDER MILKWOOD
    Author: THOMAS DYLAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Commissioned by the BBC, and described by Dylan Thomas as 'a play for voices', UNDER MILK WOOD takes the form of an emotive and hilarious account of a spring day in the fictional Welsh seaside village of Llareggub.

    We learn of the inhabitants' dreams and desires, their loves and regrets. The play introduces us to characters such as Captain Cat who dreams of his drowned former seafellows and Nogood Boyo who dreams of nothing at all. It is a unique and touching depiction of a village that has 'fallen head over bells in love'.

    The First Voice narration reveals the ordinary world of daily happenings and events, while the Second Voice conveys the intimate, innermost thoughts of the fascinating folk of Llareggub.

    There have been myriad productions of UNDER MILK WOOD over the years and Richard Burton, Peter O'Toole, Elizabeth Taylor, Sir Anthony Hopkins and Tom Jones have all starred in radio, stage or film adaptations.

    Imprint: PHOENIX
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • UNDER MILKWOOD
    UNDER MILKWOOD
    THOMAS DYLAN
    ISBN: 9780297871408
    Title: UNDER MILKWOOD
    Author: THOMAS DYLAN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Originally commissioned by the BBC, and described by Dylan Thomas as 'a play for voices', UNDER MILK WOOD takes the form of an emotive and hilarious account of a spring day in the fictional Welsh seaside village of Llareggub. We learn of the inhabitants' dreams and desires, their loves and regrets. The play introduces us to characters such as Captain Cat who dreams of his drowned former seafellows and Nogood Boyo who dreams of nothing at all. It is a unique and touching depiction of a village that has 'fallen head over bells in love'. The First Voice narration reveals the ordinary world of daily happenings and events, while the Second Voice conveys the intimate, innermost thoughts of the fascinating folk of Llareggub.

    This gift edition is beautfully produced, and has a new introduction with quotes from well-known fans of Thomas's work.

    Imprint: WEIDENFELD & NICOLSON
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • UNIVERSE LOOKS DOWN
    UNIVERSE LOOKS DOWN
    WALLACE-CRABBE CHRIS
    ISBN: 9781876040741
    Title: UNIVERSE LOOKS DOWN
    Author: WALLACE-CRABBE CHRIS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A quest narrative, but a tale in which there can be no 'one' hero. This long poem sails along the coast of ethics and find safe harbour in our hands, our mouths, and our memories.


    Imprint: BRANDL & SCHLESINGER
    RRP: $27.00

    Price: $27.00
  • UNIVERSE OF US
    UNIVERSE OF US
    LEAV LANG
    ISBN: 9781449480127
    Title: UNIVERSE OF US
    Author: LEAV LANG
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Planets, stars, and constellations feature prominently in this beautiful, original poetry collection from Lang Leav. Inspired by the wonders of the universe, the best-selling poetess writes about love and loss, hope and hurt, being lost and found. Lang's poetry encompasses the breadth of emotions we all experience and evokes universal feelings with her skillfully crafted words.

    Imprint: ANDREWS MCMEEL
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • URBAN BIOLOGY
    URBAN BIOLOGY
    GIBBINS IAN
    ISBN: 9781743050996
    Title: URBAN BIOLOGY
    Author: GIBBINS IAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This book takes nature and places it in a Petri dish and, in doing so, places poetry in a kaleidoscope. Over 30 years of experience in zoology, pharmacology and the human body spill onto the pages of this focused and often quirky collection. Ian challenges his readers to open their minds while delighting in new words, new creatures and new rhythms.

    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $19.95
    Price: $19.95
  • USLESS MAGIC : Lyrics and Poetry
    USLESS MAGIC : Lyrics and Poetry
    WELCH FLORENCE
    ISBN: 9780241347935
    Title: USLESS MAGIC : Lyrics and Poetry
    Author: WELCH FLORENCE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: JULY 2018 NEW RELEASE

    The iconic voice of Florence and the Machine shares a beautifully designed collection of her lyrics, poems and scrapbook entries

    'Songs can be incredibly prophetic . . . like a kind of useless magic.'

    The complete lyrics by the iconic vocalist of Florence and the Machine, beautifully interwoven with poems, sketches and jottings from her never-before-seen scrapbooks. This is a glimpse into the work and creative processes of a fearlessly unique musician - packed full of Florence's on-the-page musings and reproductions of the art that has inspired her dramatic, genre-defying music.

    Imprint: FIG TREE
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • VERTIGO : A CANTATA
    VERTIGO : A CANTATA
    ALBISTON JORDIE
    ISBN: 9780977578757
    Title: VERTIGO : A CANTATA
    Author: ALBISTON JORDIE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Jordie Albiston's poetry is known for its rhythmic power, buoying a sharp and often dark intelligence. Vertigo invokes her background in music, using elastically spaced bar-lines to punctuate its energetic cadences. And, modelled like a cantata, it lays out something of music's paradox - emotional intensity flashing from formal composure.

    Its poems tell the progress of grief for a lost love. This comes as intricately personal, yet the discernment hits as universal.

    Open-voiced arias are interleaved with recitatives that play into unexpected corners of emotion and imagining, with irony and ?lan. The individual story then disappears into a series of orphic choruses, spoken by a barely determinate 'we' - descants upon displacement as human experience, and the mystery of recovery.

    Each chorus is a vertiginous tale, made of shards of myth, allegory and idea. Among these, a key motif is powerfully engaged: the sea coast - as respite, meeting place and solvent.

    Imprint: JOHN LEONARD PRESS
    RRP: $23.99

    Price: $23.99
  • VICTIMS OF LIGHTNING
    VICTIMS OF LIGHTNING
    MANHIRE BILL
    ISBN: 9780864736222
    Title: VICTIMS OF LIGHTNING
    Author: MANHIRE BILL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Bill Manhire's first new book since Lifted shows him building on the themes and expanding the techniques of that prize-winning collection. Here are finely crafted lyrics, found poems, and even a bracket of songs. The Victims of Lightning is Bill Manhire at the height of his powers.

    Imprint: VICTORIA UNI PRESS [NZEAL
    RRP: $32.95

    Price: $32.95
  • VIVA THE REAL
    VIVA THE REAL
    JONES JILL
    ISBN: 9780702260100
    Title: VIVA THE REAL
    Author: JONES JILL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: JULY 2018 NEW RELEASE

    The poems in this distinctive new volume query the assumed and unquestioned, and are concerned with ethical questions of social justice. They balance wit and wisdom, quip and play and the lyrical and experimental. Viva the Real will be one of the most talked-about volumes of Australian poetry in 2018.

    Imprint: UNI OF QUEENSLAND PRESS
    RRP: $24.95

    Price: $24.95
  • WAIT TILL IM DEAD : POEMS UNCOLLECTED
    WAIT TILL IM DEAD : POEMS UNCOLLECTED
    GINSBERG ALLEN
    ISBN: 9780141399027
    Title: WAIT TILL IM DEAD : POEMS UNCOLLECTED
    Author: GINSBERG ALLEN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Rainy night on Union Square, full moon. Want more poems? Wait till I'm dead.'

    Allen Ginsberg wrote incessantly for more than fifty years, often scribbling poems to friends and students or sending them to small publications, with many lost or forgotten. This new volume brings together over 100 previously uncollected poems, including several never published before.

    Spanning his entire career, from an early political satire in 1942 to his final thoughts on mortality in 1996, Wait Till I'm Dead forms an alternative autobiography of Ginsberg and is the major contribution to his life's work.



    Imprint: PENGUIN MODERN CLASSICS
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • WAITING FOR THE PAST
    WAITING FOR THE PAST
    MURRAY LES
    ISBN: 9781863957137
    Title: WAITING FOR THE PAST
    Author: MURRAY LES
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Les Murray's new volume of poems - his first in five years - continues his use of molten language. From 'The Black Beaches' to 'Radiant Pleats, Mulgoa', from 'High Speed Trap Space' to 'The Electric, 1960', this is verse that renews and transforms our sense of the world.

    'No poet has ever travelled like this, whether in reality or simply in mind ...... Seeing the shape or hearing the sound of one thing in another, he finds forms' - Clive James, The Monthly



    Imprint: BLACK INC
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • WALT WHITMAN : Poetry for Kids
    WALT WHITMAN : Poetry for Kids
    EVANS KATE
    ISBN: 9781633221505
    Title: WALT WHITMAN : Poetry for Kids
    Author: EVANS KATE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Introduce children to the work of celebrated American poet Walt Whitman!

    Carefully chosen for kids, 35 illustrated poems are presented and explained by New York University professor Karen Karbenier, PhD, a Whitman expert. Walt Whitman includes enlightening commentary for each poem, definitions of key words, and a foreword by the expert. Vibrant illustrations invigorate the poetry.

    Starting off with I Hear America Singing, the collection includes excerpts from Song of Myself, O Captain! My Captain!, poems from Leaves of Grass, and many more thought-provoking, descriptive, and kid-friendly selections.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $18.99

    Price: $18.99
  • WAR ALL THE TIME 1981-1984
    WAR ALL THE TIME 1981-1984
    BUKOWSKI CHARLES
    ISBN: 9780876856376
    Title: WAR ALL THE TIME 1981-1984
    Author: BUKOWSKI CHARLES
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    War All the Time is a selection of poetry from the early 1980s. Charles Bukowski shows that he is still as pure as ever but he has evolved into a slightly happier man that has found some fame and love. These poems show how he grapples with his past and future colliding.

    Imprint: ECCO
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • WAR PRIMER
    WAR PRIMER
    BRECHT BERTOLT
    ISBN: 9781784782085
    Title: WAR PRIMER
    Author: BRECHT BERTOLT
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    A terrifying series of short poems by one of the world's leading playwrights, set to images of the Second World War

    In this singular book written during the Second World War, the renowned playwright and poet Bertolt Brecht has taken photographs from newspapers and popular magazines and montaged short epigraph poems to each, in a unique attempt to understand the truth of war using mass media.

    From catastrophic bombings, to propaganda portraits of leading Nazis, to scenes of unbearable tragedy on the battlefield, this is an anthology of horror, but accompanied by Brecht's razor-sharp deconstruction of what we see, through his taut and direct poems. Part Dada project, part proto- Situationist detournement, this book reveals the horror of war, and the cynicism in which it can be presented to us.

    Imprint: VERSO
    RRP: $26.99

    Price: $26.99
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