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Beside Herself

Beside Herself
  

'All of my best lines are accidents', Chris Price writes in this book, and proceeds to prove that she has the knack of putting herself in harm's way and the skill to build from there. Beside Herself plays with character, and with language, and with the way the one works on the ... read full description below.

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ISBN 9781869408466
Published 21 March 2016 by Auckland University Press
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Price, Chris

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ISBN-13 9781869408466
ISBN-10 1869408462
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 7-15 working days
Publisher Auckland University Press
Imprint Auckland University Press
Publication Date 21 March 2016
International Publication Date 1 July 2016
Publication Country New Zealand New Zealand
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Price, Chris
Category Award Winning
Poetry Texts & Anthologies
AU, NZ & South Pacific Books
New Zealand & Related
Auckland Writer’s Festival 2017
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress New Zealand poetry - 21st century
NBS Text Poetry Texts & Poetry Anthologies
ONIX Text General/trade
Number of Pages 120
Dimensions Width: 132mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 10mm
Weight 136g
Dewey Code 821.92
Catalogue Code 645232

Description of this Book

'All of my best lines are accidents', Chris Price writes in this book, and proceeds to prove that she has the knack of putting herself in harm's way and the skill to build from there.
Beside Herself plays with character, and with language, and with the way the one works on the other. Pronouns and personae shift and dance in this book in the same way that meanings do - 'After the expected, the unexpected. / After the unexpected, the formal handrail / and the overflow.' Price has always been attentive to the unlooked-for delights of language - she is a master of the riddling word-play poem - and uses this play in the service of something larger, an exploration of character and persona and perspective: 'I am every character - every, every character'. These characters appear from a variety of times, places and fictions - Richard III, Hamlet, three readers (one a writer), Richard Nunns and Miss Bethell - from contemporary Wellington to medieval England. The longer sequence 'The Book of Churl' is the narrative of medieval everyman; another long poem, 'Beside Yourself', is both a battle against the relentless first-person pronoun and a celebration of it, in ramshackle poem-diary form.
A selection of beautifully crafted, riddling poems of persons and personae, truths and falsehoods, frank identities and masked selves, Beside Herself is a playful, shape-shifting performance.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

Awards Long-listed for Ockham New Zealand Book Awards - Poetry 2017
NZ Review I m compelled by Chris Price s technical finesse, her wit, the way she takes on and takes in so much from such diverse places, and threads it to something so splendidly her own: a descant on Modernism that is up to its massive subject a big, original, flaring celebration. - Vincent O Sullivan Chris Price s sumptuous new poetry collection, the Blind Singer, stands as a seductive plea to open our senses to the world in different ways . Paula Green This ability to pull together multiple strands of cultural, intellectual, personal and interpersonal life into an accessible and musical poetic utterance is undoubtedly Price's strength as a poet, and it is epitomised by the major sequence that ends the volume, The Angel Question: An Essay'. This philosophical poem constitutes an important statement about the debate between poetry and science in the twenty-first century. Keats's beauty and truth argument is intertwined with the circus, Rilke's angels, Charlie Chaplin, Einstein and more besides in a deeply compelling and serious finale to a volume that is full of gravitas. Helen May Dennis, Warwick Review

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Author's Bio

Chris Price is based in Wellington, where she teaches the poetry MA at the International Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University. Her first collection of poems, Husk, won the 2002 NZSA Jessie Mackay Award for Best First Book of Poetry and her next book, the genre-busting 'Brief Lives--, was shortlisted in the biography category in the 2007 Montana New Zealand Book Awards.

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