Hold your Own

Hold your Own

Book - 2015
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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. 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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : Bloomsbury, 2015
Edition: First U.S. edition
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781632862051
Branch Call Number: 821.92 TEMPEST
Characteristics: 107 pages ; 21 cm


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Feb 15, 2016

This is a beautiful book of theme related poems based around the Greek myth of Tiresias. I did a 5 minute internet search about Tiresias before reading this which I would recommend because it added so much meaning to the poetry. This young author is full of passion and talent. I really enjoyed this.

Jun 28, 2015

I put a hold on this from the review in the Guardian. didn't understand that it was going to be more poetic than prose.

Didn't matter, with a bit of Greek mythology tracking this book was a delight.

It helps if you know about Tiresias as that will deepen your appreciation for what Tempest has written.


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