Hold Your Own : Poems
by Kate Tempest


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"My heart throws its head against my ribs, / it's denting every bone it's venting something it has known since I arrived and felt it beat."

Kate Tempest, winner of the Ted Hughes Award for "Brand New Ancients" and widely regarded as the UK's leading spoken word poet, has produced a new poem-sequence of electrifying power.  Read more...


 
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Overview

"My heart throws its head against my ribs, / it's denting every bone it's venting something it has known since I arrived and felt it beat."

Kate Tempest, winner of the Ted Hughes Award for "Brand New Ancients" and widely regarded as the UK's leading spoken word poet, has produced a new poem-sequence of electrifying power. Based on the myth of the blind prophet Tiresias, "Hold Your Own" is a riveting tale of youth and experience, sex and love, wealth and poverty, community and alienation. Walking in the forest one morning, a young man disturbs two copulating snakes--and is punished by the goddess Hera, who turns him into a woman. This is only the beginning of his journey . . . Weaving elements of classical myth, autobiography and social commentary, Tempest uses the story of the gender-switching, clairvoyant Tiresias to create four sequences of poems, addressing childhood, manhood, womanhood, and late life. The result is a rhythmically hypnotic tour de force--and a hugely ambitious leap forward for one of the most broadly talented and compelling young writers today.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781632862051
  • ISBN-10: 1632862050
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publish Date: March 2015
  • Page Count: 128
  • Dimensions: 8 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.2 pounds


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