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Hold Your Own: Poems

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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: 9781632862051
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Language: English
Page Count: 107
Size: 8.01" l x 5.47" w x 0.43"
Series: N/A

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