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Living next to Leda

Author: Barbara Bentley
Publisher: Bridgend : Seren, ©1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English
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This is a remarkable first collection of poems by Barbara Bentley. Her distinctively witty voice brings us the up-to-date versions of the females of mythology. 'Noah's Wife' is plagued by her DIY-mad, boat-building spouse, 'Waking Beauty' wakes from a cryogenic sleep into a bizarre future and the 'Leda' of the title poem is a deranged neighbour, convinced of a startling dream. Our consumer society and its  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Barbara Bentley
ISBN: 1854111590 9781854111593
OCLC Number: 36123158
Description: 72 pages ; 22 cm
Responsibility: Barbara Bentley.

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This is a remarkable first collection of poems by Barbara Bentley. Her distinctively witty voice brings us the up-to-date versions of the females of mythology. 'Noah's Wife' is plagued by her DIY-mad, boat-building spouse, 'Waking Beauty' wakes from a cryogenic sleep into a bizarre future and the 'Leda' of the title poem is a deranged neighbour, convinced of a startling dream. Our consumer society and its exhortations to the modern woman to 'have it all' are scrutinised with considerable flair and irony. Watch out for 'The Telephone Sonnets' - a sequence that reveals tales of lust, infidelity, betrayal and revenge, often in the guise of techno-jargon. There are also meditative works on family, friends, childhood memories and brief glimpses of past lives such as 'Moons', a short series that subtly illuminates the consequences of a marriage.

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