Girls' Adventure Stories of Long Ago

Girls' Adventure Stories of Long Ago

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The most recent collection of poetry from Viki Holmes and the recipient of a Hong Kong Arts Development Council grant, Girls' Adventure Stories of Long Ago revisits hero-stories, both male and female, through characters from legend, folktale and television: Akkadian moon priestesses and Greek nymphs take their places alongside characters from Saturday morning cartoons and cult sci-fi classics. Taking as its inspiration Joseph Campbell's Hero With a Thousand Faces, this collection transports the reader through landscapes British, European and Asian; through stories ancient and modern. Myth and media collide in an evocation of love, loss and identity that presents the reader with a hero's journey viewed through a contemporary feminist lens.

Viki Holmes has been living and writing in Hong Kong since 2005. She is the author of miss moon's class (Chameleon Press, 2008), and co-editor of the anthology of world women's writing Not A Muse (Haven Books, 2009).
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Product details

  • Paperback | 132 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 8mm | 204g
  • English
  • Illustrations; Illustrations, black and white
  • 9881364337
  • 9789881364333
  • 2,121,039

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"The poems beat with a lyric intensity that will leave you breathless. Holmes casts her gaze on the awesome, the cryptic, the domestic, and the surreal with equal mastery. " Kate North, author of Bistro and Eva Shell

"Suffused with originality, tenderness, and a fierce regard for woman's fate, these poems are at once driven, rigorous, and open, like intense thought, and yet much of their wit, music, humour, and sensuality seem to have come from somewhere magical." Laksmi Pamuntjak, author of Amba: The Question of Red and Aruna and her Palate

"These are all poems of deep imagination, lyricism, playfulness, and grace, and make the most of the poet's unique location between East and West." Adam Aitken, author of One Hundred Letters Home and Eighth Habitation
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