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Alternative Values: Poems & paintings

Alternative Values: Poems & paintings

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Alternative Values: Poems & paintings

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146 pages
1 heure
Sortie:
Oct 13, 2015
ISBN:
9781780372679
Format:
Livre

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Frieda Hughes’s poems and paintings reflect her early years in Devon and Yorkshire, and her later experiences when living in London, Australia, and most recently, Wales. From childhood, writing and painting have been the two driving forces behind her commitment to life. They first came together in her illustration of two of her seven published children’s books, and through her cartoons - she was cartoonist for the West Australian Magazine when living in Western Australia in the early 90s. In 2002 Frieda Hughes received a NESTA Award to undertake her work on Forty-five, a summary of her life to that age in 45 poems and a 225 foot long, 4 foot high, 45 panel abstract depicting the emotional landscape of her life. This was the beginning of a growing collaboration between her poetry and her artwork, which is now further realised in Alternative Values, which includes 60 full-colour plates of both her abstract and figurative work. The paintings will be shown at the Belgravia Gallery, London, where the book is launched in October 2015.
Sortie:
Oct 13, 2015
ISBN:
9781780372679
Format:
Livre

À propos de l'auteur

Frieda Hughes was born in London in 1960, grew up in Devon, and after living in various parts of England and Australia now lives on the Welsh Borders. She wrote and painted from an early age, and for many years has been a painter and children’s writer. She received a NESTA Award in 2002 to help her work on Forty-five, her portrait of her life in 45 poems and paintings, the poems from which were published by HarperCollins in the US in 2006. Her most recent work is included is Alternative Values: poems & paintings, launched by Bloodaxe in 2015 at an exhibition of the paintings at London's Belgravia Gallery. Out of the Ashes (2018) draws on her four previous poetry collections from Bloodaxe: Wooroloo (1999), Stonepicker (2001), Waxworks (2002) and The Book of Mirrors (2009). Her first children’s book, Getting Rid of Edna, was published by Heinemann (UK) and Harper & Row (USA) in 1984. Four other titles followed from Simon and Schuster: The Meal a Mile Long (1989) and Waldorf and the Sleeping Granny (1990), which she also illustrated; followed byThe Thing in the Sink (1992) and Rent-a-Friend (1994). Her most recent titles are The Tall Story (MacDonald Young Books, 1997) and Three Scary Stories (HarperCollins, 2001).

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Alternative Values - Frieda Hughes

110-112.

LOVE   46 x 36 cm – 18 x 14 in

WEDDING POEM FOR YOU   46 x 36 cm – 18 x 14 in

WEDDING POEM FOR YOU

This poem

Contains the first time I ever saw you

Standing, smiling, sitting, or just talking,

Looking into the eyes of other people as you spoke,

Or staring into the distance

As if you were searching for someone, or walking

With purpose as if you were on your way to meet them.

This poem remembers that I studied your ears

(for unsightly hair) and the profile of your nose

(for an unattractive bulbous end or excessive asymmetry).

These were physical cautions that accompanied

My observation of the size of your belly;

If I could not get past that

There was no point in presenting myself.

Also, your height and shoulder breadth;

Would I have to defend you in a bar fight?

Or could you take care of yourself?

The smell of your feet and the brightness of your teeth

Would come later if you wanted me,

And if you didn’t believe

That I was the most stunning woman you’d ever seen,

The Lolita of your dreams in every respect,

Then I’d have simply thought you ignorant,

Whereas now we’re marrying

I know you are a man

Of superior intellect.

ONE LAST KISS   46 x 36 cm – 18 x 14 in

ONE LAST KISS

You’d do anything for one last kiss, you say,

But why?

You had it, only

You didn’t know then, that it was not

To be followed by others.

If that man, woman, or

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