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VIRGINIA ADAIR
Beliefs and Blasphemies: A Collection of Poems
Random House. 1998. (ISBN: 0375500170). Hardcover, 8.7 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches. In 1996 Virginia Hamilton Adair published her first collection, Ants on the Melon, and this tardy debut by the 83-year-old author took the poetry world by storm. In a series of concise, vigorous lyrics, she considered everything from motherhood to Hiroshima to her own glaucoma-induced blindness. Along with providing the deep satisfactions of an assured poetic voice, Adair's debut also whetted the appetite for more. And now she has obliged her readers with a follow-up, Beliefs & Blasphemies. This time around, she narrows her focus to a single issue, albeit one with (literally) infinite ramifications: religion. "Is there some cosmic lab / where the stars conspire, inventing Life? / Did the parturition of nothingness / give birth to all this glory?" she riddles in "Whodunit." The question, of course, is an old one, but Adair asks it with fresh eloquence, and puts a typically comic spin on her title. These are some of the wittier poems about eternity. In "Sermon on the Sermon," for example, Adair manages some expert mockery without ever succumbing to shallow skepticism: Let us skip for a moment the beatitudes and get down to the refreshments. The picnic part. Their souls were already fed; their stomachs were empty. Elsewhere she varies her attack from light-verse flippancy to a deep, Yeatsian reverence. Indeed, Yeats's influence is apparent throughout--check out such semi-homages as "Easter 1990" and "Wings Like an Angel"--and it's hard to think of another living American writer who has so beautifully absorbed that Irish master's mixture of gravity and rigorous wit. The afterword of Ants on the Melon, Adair's first collection of poems?published two years ago at the age of 83 to justified acclaim?hinted at a trove of equally masterful poems to be drawn on in books to come. The toughness, grace and humor of this second collection at times bear that out, but those expecting an Ants on the Melon II, with that book's broad range of subjects and moods, will be disappointed. These poems almost exclusively take up God, religion and ethics as their subjects, subjects that have produced much of the greatest poetry, but that have been somewhat neglected of late. Divided among seven sections ("Imagining a Maker"; "Yeshua"; "Mineral, Vegetable, Animal"; "Beyond" and three others), the poems quip ("God is a girl, they intoned, and if you don't believe us, no soup tonight"), question ("How could God know he was 'love'/ before this voice, these eyes, told him?") and declare a provisional faith ("I have never been sure of meanings/ of sin, atonement, forgiveness"). Others use chance encounters?a cabin-bound couple's brush with a gun-toting biker; a visit to a mental hospital's chapel; the discovery of a great-grandmother's "soiled scarf"?to meditate on the nature of belief when put to the test. Some lean toward the transcendental ("The eagle soars, slides down air/ from heaven, giving thanks/ for wings and atmosphere") and others, without fanfare, toward death. Adair's searching verses may not always have the ring of the contemporary, and they often stop short here of fully unfurling their insights. But at its best, this collection points the way back to an American tradition of religious poetry understood and cherished by the likes of Elizabeth Bishop and Louise Bogan. 0-904041-87-5. Hardback with dustjacket - 1998 - good condition, sunfaded dj on spine - - used books, secondhand books, for sale, out of print books, hard to find books, second-hand books, college books, student books, nonfiction, first editions, exlibrary books sold, signed copies, non-fiction books delivered world wide. Isbn 0904041875. Used: Acceptable.
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FRANCISCO ALVES DE ALENCAR
A Sombra Da Oiticiqueira
Francisco Alves De Alencar. 2004. Paperback. Paperback in good condition. 2004 Francisco Alves De Alencar. Poetry book written in SPANISH. - used books, secondhand books, out of print books, hard to find books, for sale, second-hand books, college books, student books, nonfiction, first edition, signed copies, non-fiction books delivered world wide. Excess postage may be required for books over 1 kg in weight outside the EU. Used: Acceptable.
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ANNE CLARK AMOR
Lewis Carroll, Child of the North
white top of stairs, Lewis Carroll Society. 1995. (ISBN: 0904117138). Paperback. Condition good, clean. ref ZKVQ. Good.
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MARIE ANGEL
Bird, Beast and Flower
Chatto & Windus. 1980. (ISBN: 0701124113). Hardcover, 28 cm. Hardback with D/J in very good condition. D/J clipped and inscription on first page. D/J has creases and 1 inch tear to bottom spine. Marie Angel (illustrator). First Edition. Colour illustrations to accompany poems by William Blake, Robert Browning, Robert Burns, Austin Dobson, Robert Graves, John Keats, Harold Monroe, Christina Rossetti, Shelly, Wordsworth, Walt Whitman et al. 62pp gloss. Used: Acceptable.
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KNIGHT, ANN AND KINSELLA, W P
Even at This Distance
Pottersfield Press. 1994. (ISBN: 0919001890). Paperback. Signed by Author Paperback in good condition. 1994 1st edition Pottersfield Press. Appears to be signed by both authors. Previous owners inscription on first page. Ann Knight - " I dedicate this book to those who find themselves living inside out". - used books, secondhand books, out of print books, hard to find books, for sale, second-hand books, college books, student books, nonfiction, first edition, signed copies, non-fiction books delivered world wide. ISBN 0-919001-89-0 0919001890. Used: Acceptable. Signed by Author.
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ANON
Kaleidoscope of Verse 1976: '76
green filed A, Regency Press (London & New York) Ltd. 1976. (ISBN: 0721204678). Paperback. HARDBACK Condition goodish. Bumped corners top edge. A page has been removed, there is a paper tag left. The page was designed to be removed. Perhaps a marketing page by publishing company. ref ZKVQ. Used: Acceptable.
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ANONYMOUS
A Collection of Australian Bush Verse
Von nearly A4 blueish cover front room, PAR Productions. 1989. (ISBN: 1862820341). Hardcover. Hardback with D/J in good condition although some small tears and scuffs to D/J and half first page removed, presumably where inscription was written. Used: Acceptable.
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Book number: 787
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JONATHAN ASSER
Outside the All Stars
UK, Arc Publications. 2003. (ISBN: 1900072718). Paperback, 21 x 13.4 x 1 cm. Condition good. "Jonathan Assers says of his first collection: "I think the book is about men who don't have dads, and how that makes them violent, mad, lonely, criminal - as well as being an emotional challenge which they can rise above, wading through the shame and the wish to switch off by using their creativity, bravery, humour and their ability to be helped by others." "The world of Jonathan Asser exists in the corners and crannies of London's cafes, barbers, jails, take-aways, tower blocks and fleshpots. Like other poets who have come to the page via the stage, he has retained the bravura of performance within these mostly formal, pacy and filmic narratives. Sometimes voyeuristic, sometimes nihilistic, often very funny, it's hard to pin down the ingredients of influence in this tasty recipe." Roddy Lumsden" About the Author Jonathan Asser was born in 1964 and lives in Camden, North London. He facilitates experiential confrontation groups for non-compliant, violent prisoners and has published a paper on these groups in Psychodynamic Practice. He is also a psychodynamic counsellor in the NHS and a painter. Used: Acceptable.
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DENYS VAL BAKER
View from Land's End: Writers Against a Cornish Background
UK, William Kimber & Co Ltd. 1982. (ISBN: 0718304381). Hardcover, off white garage a5 plastic cove. Hardback with dust jacket in average condition, pages clean but ex library. Used: Acceptable.
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Book number: 29476
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JOHN BALDOCK
The Essence of Rumi
Foulsham. 2005. (ISBN: 0572031734). Paperback, 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches. Paperback - 2005 - condition good - used books, secondhand books, out of print books, hard to find books, for sale, second-hand books, college books, student books, nonfiction, first edition, exlibrary books sold, signed copies, non-fiction books delivered world wide. Arcturus. 0-572-03173-4. Isbn 0572031734. keywords. bards and minstrels, magic carpet ride, nonfiction, oriental perfumes, philosophy, rumi. Used: Acceptable.
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Book number: 8573
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MARK BALDWIN
Simon Evans: His Life and Later Work
cream box, M.& M.Baldwin. 1982. (ISBN: 0947712178). Paperback. Condition good, clean. A study of the life and work of Cleobury Mortimer's most famous author. Simon Evans was born in Wales in 1895 and didn't move to Cleobury until well after the Great War. He had been badly gassed in the trenches and found the smoky air of the city very damaging to his health. Looking for a new start in the country in 1926, he was fortunate enough to be able to exchange his city round with a postman who lived in Cleobury. He became very familiar with the Shropshire countryside and in about 1929, he started writing and broadcasting, describing his work in the country and telling stories of the people he met. In 1931 his most famous book appeared - "Round about the Crooked Steeple". Used: Acceptable.
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RICHARD BALL
Hallowed Journey - New and Selected Poems
As cover mainly white, Imprint unknown. 1997. (ISBN: 0953184501). Hardcover, 17 x 10.9 x 2.8 cm. Condition good, clean with dust jacket. ref ZKVQ. Good.
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Book number: 26976
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JOHN BARNIE
At the Salt Hotel
Headland Publications. 2003. (ISBN: 1902096827). Paperback. Paperback in good condition but ex library book. 2003 Headland Publications. - used books, secondhand books, out of print books, hard to find books, for sale, second-hand books, college books, student books, nonfiction, first edition, signed copies, non-fiction books delivered world wide. Excess postage may be required for books over 1 kg in weight outside the EU. ISBN 1-902096-82-7 1902096827. Used: Acceptable.
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GLENDA BEAGAN
Vixen (Honno Poetry)
Honno Ltd. 1996. (ISBN: 1870206207). Paperback, 20.6 x 13.8 x 0.8 cm. Paperback in good condition. 1996 edition First Impression. Woodcuts by Jenny Fell. Glenda Beagan is a native of Rhuddlan, where she still lives. As a mature student she gained a First Class Honours in English at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, followed by an MA in Creative Writing at the University of Lancaster. She has published two volumes of short stories and a collection of poems; her work has also been broadcast on radio, translated and widely anthologised. She has won prizes in literary competitions, including the Cardiff International Poetry Competition and the Rhys Davies Short Story Competition. She was awarded the Trewithen Poetry Prize in 1999. The twin pulls of motherhood and independence are explored through the central figure of the vixen in Glenda Beagan's first collection of poems. - used books, secondhand books, out of print books, hard to find books, for sale, second-hand books, college books, student books, nonfiction, first edition, signed copies, non-fiction books delivered world wide. Excess postage may be required for books over 1 kg in weight outside the EU. ISBN 1-870206-20-7 1870206207. Used: Acceptable.
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J BECKETT
Keen Edge
Blackie. 1965. (ISBN: 021688327X). Hardcover. Hardback with dustjacket - 1965 - condition fair - used books, secondhand books, for sale, out of print books, hard to find books, second-hand books, college books, student books, nonfiction, first editions, exlibrary books sold, signed copies, non-fiction books delivered world wide. Isbn 0-216-88327-X, 021688327X. Used: Acceptable.
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