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Considered by many to be the greatest Irish song poet of her generation, Maire Bhui Ni Laeire (Yellow Mary O'Leary; 1774-1848) was an illiterate woman unconnected to elite literary and philosophical circles who powerfully engaged the politics of her own society through song. As an oral arts practitioner, Maire Bhui composed songs whose ecstatic, radical vision stirred her community to revolt and helped to shape nineteenth-century Irish anti-colonial thought. This provocative and richly theorized study explores the re-creative, liminal aspect of song, treating it as a performative social process that cuts to the very root of identity and thought formation, thus re-imagining the history of ideas in society.
On the shoulders of lions is Tina's first collection of poetry and is an eclectic mix of life experience and everyday observations. The title is taken from one of her more nostalgic, serious poems, Stone, a tribute to her late father, Bob Bryan, to whom the book is dedicated. Stone recounts Tina's Sunday childhood walks with her Dad through Portsmouth and the end of the poem brings us sadly to his sudden death in 2018. The first section, On being a woman is focused on a female perspective of life ranging from the frivolous (swishy ponytails and dangly earrings) to female rites of passage (Feeling fifty-four). On nature and the elements places us on more traditional poetic territory, revealing a pleasure and indulgence in language. The flower imagery in An afternoon walk in late summer garden is romantically charming, conveying the wistful, dying days of summer, 'blowsy, overblown white roses fading gracefully in shabby chic splendour.' Tina's eye for mischief comes into play in her poems about thwarted love and disappointing relationships. The Ballad of Kevin and Sue and Lazy Lover have been influenced by the robust songs of her favourite comedian, the late Victoria Wood, in which she pokes fun at the opposite sex's failings, but always with good-hearted humour. Enjoy the magic and mystique of The Spell of The Gypsy Queen and Scorpio Moon alongside Tina's down-to-earth musings on the menopause and the joys of a cuppa tea. Meet colourful, cheeky characters such as Fruity Fred (with his melons and figs and dancing jigs) and Burger Flippin' Joe (he knows how to tempt you with An extra portion). Prepare to be touched by reflections on love, loss and death in Just seventeen, Hawk and Amy, we loved you. Touching, poignant, joyful, comical -Tina is a poet with range.
Debut collection recalling the lives, experiences, and bravery of women in Afghanistan, which includes the 2019 Forward Prize-winning poem 'Forty Names'.
In this new collection from gay cultural historian and literary critic Gregory Woods, individuals seek, find and lose love in a world united in strife and riven by desire.
Robert wells, a poet at the height of his craft, tackles themes of age and memories of youth with an intense, visual power.
A lyrical collection of the finest poems by a leading Mexican poet, superbly translated for English readers The poetry of Maria Baranda is a haunting homage to the natural world: transcendent in scope, attentive to the particular, and acutely aware of the mystery of being. Absorbed by nature's otherness, Baranda seeks to inhabit the voices of the wind, of wings, night, day, and perhaps most keenly, water. These lyrical verses turn repeatedly to the longings and griefs of embodiment: What is that God / To be praised with all our sadness / If not love / Or at least the wonder / Of being a body full of blood, Baranda asks. Drawing on epics such as the Aeneid and Beowulf, the mystical verses of Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, and writers who engage the landscape of shore and sea from Daniel Defoe to Dylan Thomas, this sweeping collection brings together the finest poems of one of today's most powerful and innovative Mexican writers.