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Chasing Catullus: Poems, Translations & Transgressions

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9781852246464
Author(s): Josephine Balmer
Format: Paperback
Year: 2004
Publisher: Bloodaxe Books
Dimensions: 106 x 213 x 5 (w x l x h)
Pages: 64

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Josephine Balmer's 'Chasing Catullus' ventures into border territory, the no-man's-land between poetry and translation, juxtaposing new poems with fresh versions of ancient texts, brazenly reimagining classical literature, wittily subverting epic works, overwriting the past like a palimpsest. But there is a more personal journey here too. 'Chasing Catullus' presents a dark odyssey of the soul, descending in and out of the underworls as Balmer responds to the death of her young niece from cancer, exploring difficult times and dangerous emotions with compassion and humour. The poems push back the boundaries, blurring differences between ancient and modern, familiar and unfamiliar, giving voice to contemporary loss and grief.

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