Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Poetry Bargains and Free Shipping Booktopia

That time again.

Booktopia has sent me an email saying they have free shipping until the 12th of September and I note that a couple of interesting titles have dropped into the bargain lists again.

So you can peruse the poetry bargains here.  Or look at those titles below that piqued my interest.

As the info below the line states you don't have to just use this for poetry but remember every time you buy a James Patterson book, a poet's soul shrinks.

Now this title below of Cavafy's was actually $9.50 when I ordered yesterday and I notice that its gone back up to $21.95. But after reading the blurb below I think it's still worth it.

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CP Cavafy - The Collected Poems 
"A Greek gentleman in a straw hat, standing absolutely motionless at a slight angle to the universe." E. M. Forster's famous description of C. P. Cavafy--the most widely known and best loved modern Greek poet--perfectly captures the unique perspective Cavafy brought to bear on history and geography, sexuality and language. 
Cavafy wrote about people on the periphery, whose religious, ethnic and cultural identities are blurred, and he was one of the pioneers in expressing a specifically homosexual sensibility. His poems present brief and vivid evocations of historical scenes and sensual moments, often infused with his distinctive sense of irony. They have established him as one of the most important poets of the twentieth century. 
The only bilingual edition of Cavafy's collected poems currently available, this volume presents the most authentic Greek text of every poem he ever published, together with a new English translation that beautifully conveys the accent and rhythm of Cavafy's individual tone of voice. 
In addition, the volume includes an extensive introduction by Peter Mackridge, explanatory notes that gloss Greek historical names and events alluded to in the poems, a chronological list of the poems, and indexes of Greek and English titles.

And while we are on the topic of translated works This Intimate War Gallipoli / Canakkale 1915 by 
Robyn Rowland from 5 Islands Press is only $9.50.
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These poems draw on works of history and private testimonial. They are what this age needs: poems about war which do not glorify war; poems which, for all their considerable rhetorical power, nowhere distance themselves from pain, brutality and callous error. Very few collections bring home so powerfully the vulnerability of individuals in the face of history. This collection certainly takes its place among Robyn Rowland's best work. It is a courageous achievement. 
- Lisa Gorton, Poetry editor, Australian Book Review

Dr. Robyn Rowland's poems are intensely felt and expressed. With an epic perspective and powerful emotionality, she has created a lasting and moving saga of the Anzac and Turkish warriors in conflict, as well as in intimate comradeship. Her perceptive sensitivity creates a vivid and enduring picture of the agonies, sufferings, and heroic acts that characterize the human tragedy of Gallipoli. In translating impeccably these poems into Turkish, Professor M.Ali Çelikel has commendably conveyed the epic depth and literary qualities embodied in the poems.
 - Professor Himmet Umunç Ph.D. Baskent University, President, English Language and Literature Research Association of Turkey.

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David Harsent's, TS Eliot Prize Winning Fire Songs is also on special for $11.75

The poems in David Harsent's new collection, whether single poems, dramatic sequences, or poems that 'belong to one another', share a dark territory and a sometimes haunting, sometimes steely, lyrical tone.  

Throughout the book - in the stark biography of 'Songs from the Same Earth', the troubling fractured narrative of 'A Dream Book', the harrowing lines of connection in four poems each titled 'Fire', or the cheek-by-jowl shudder of 'Sang the Rat' - Harsent writes, as always, with passion and a sureness of touch. 

Asylum Nerves by Phillip Hammial (Published by Puncher and Wattmann) is also going for about half price - $11.95.

Work like this takes no prisoners. One either accedes right away to the energies and images one is confronted with, or one gets left behind. The poems are seldom explicitly contextualised, and he often elects not to invest them with the familiarising cues of emotion.
Sometimes only the event, the imaginative journey, is retained - as if to suggest that strangeness is pre-eminent, and affect accidental or secondary. Hammial, moreover, understands that the question of what we should feel about anything is much more difficult than we normally allow (it is one of the discomfiting things about his verse).

So that's it for the new specials. Enjoy!




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