How Festive the Ambulance

How Festive the Ambulance

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Synopsis

In this debut poetry collection by award-winning author Kim Fu, incantations, mythical creatures and extreme violence illuminate small scenes of domestic life and the banal tragedies of modern love and modern death. A sharp edge of humour slices through Fu's poetry, drawing attention to the distance between contemporary existence and the basic facts of life: In the classrooms of tomorrow, starved youth will be asked to imagine a culture that kept thin pamphlets of poetry pinned to a metal box full of food, who honoured their gods of plenty by describing ingredients in lush language." Alternating between incisive wit and dark beauty, Fu brings the rich symbolism of fairy tales to bear on our image-obsessed age. From The Unicorn Princess": She applies gold spray paint to her horn each morning, / hoping to imitate the brass tusks / on the unicorns skewered to the carousel, / their brittle, painted smiles, harnesses / embedded in their backs and shellacked to high gloss". These poems are utterly of-the-moment, capturing the rage, irony and isolation of the era we live in.

Book information

ISBN: 9780889713215
Publisher: Nightwood Editions
Imprint: Nightwood Editions
Pub date:
DEWEY: 811.6
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 95
Weight: 130g
Height: 142mm
Width: 204mm
Spine width: 9mm