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Thu, 11 Oct 2012 10:09
In this hilarious book of tongue-in-cheek poetry, Francesco Marciuliano, the author of the internationally syndicated comic strip "Sally Forth" helps cats unlock their creative potential and explain their odd behavior to ignorant humans.
Cat lovers can rejoice in the quirkiness of their feline friends with these insightful and curious poems from the singular mind of house cats. In this fully illustrated book of tongue-in-cheek poetry, the author of the internationally syndicated comic strip Sally Forth helps cats unlock their creative potential and explain their odd behavior to ignorant humans, With titles like 'Who Is That on Your Lap?, This is My Chair, Kneel Before Me, Nudge, and Some of My Best Friends Are Dogs, the poems collected in I Could Pee on This perfectly capture the inner workings of the cat psyche. With photos of the cat authors throughout, I Could Pee on This shows cats at their wackiest and most lovable.
Thu, 23 Feb 2012 11:16
We have a competition running at the moment to win a trip to India. It's one of our best ever. We thought it would be nice to highlight some Indian literature to compliment the competition but it's actually quite difficult to find contemporary Indian writers, in print, in translation and available. But we have put together a nice little list of classical Sanskrit epics alongside more recent Poetry and fiction.
Of course, it would be remiss of us not to mention the great Indian writing in English that include such well known names as Vikram Seth, Salman Rushdie, Arundhati Roy, Amitav Ghosh, Rohinton Mistry, Vikram Chandra, Vikas Swarup, Anita Desai, Kiran Desai, Jhumpa Lahiri, Aravind Adiga and Gita Mehta.
Wed, 02 Feb 2011 10:05
When Jo Shapcott's poetry book 'Of Mutability' won this year's Costa Book of the Year there was nearly universal agreement with the choice. There was some anxiety in the book trade that a poetry title winning the award would not deliver as many sales as a book from another genre (we've sold out at the time I'm writing this so could well have been an unnecessary concern).
Poetry, I think, could be an almost perfect literary form our 'snackable' culture, yet it's still an art form that many people find it hard to access. Unlike a novel people are unlikely to pick up a collection of poems and read it from beginning to end, indeed that isn't what they're designed for. Also there is a misconception (I think) that they're too highbrow and inaccessible.
I've been especially enjoying two titles recently, Paul Muldoon's 'Maggot' and ' Simon Armitage's 'Seeing Stars'. My trick for picking them up and reading a poem at a time? Leaving them by my laptop to read whilst Windows boots up. Of course if you have a machine that's faster than mine you might need to try some Emily Dickinson. Why not try to slip in some poetry in some of your dead time?
Fri, 21 Jan 2011 08:52
This Monday coming, the winner is announced for the 2010 T.S. Eliot Prize. Those of you within reach of London's South Bank can hear nine of the ten shortlisted poets reading from their work. It's at the Royal Festival Hall and tickets are still available.
The shortlist contains collections by Simon Armitage (last year's chair of the judges), Annie Freud, John Haynes, Seamus Heaney, Pascale Petit, Robin Robertson, Fiona Sampson, Brian Turner, Derek Walcott and Sam Willetts.
Thu, 08 Oct 2009 02:49
Today is National Poetry Day and its theme is "Heroes and Heroines"...
And talking of poetic heroes, last night Don Paterson won the 2009 Forward poetry prize. And his fellow Faber poet, Emma Jones, picked up the £5,000 Felix Dennis Prize Best First Collection for her "elliptical and visionary" debut The Striped World.
Sixteen years after he debuted on the poetry scene with the acclaimed collection Nil Nil, Don Paterson has triumphed over one of the strongest poetry shortlists in years to take the Forward prize for best collection with Rain, a work which judges said showed the Scottish poet's "total mastery of his art".
Paterson, 45, beat a line-up of acclaimed poets including Peter Porter, Sharon Olds and Glyn Maxwell to win the £10,000 award for Rain, a continuation of his personal and philosophical exploration of the world around him (more...)
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