Unity Books Wellington and Victoria University Press
warmly welcome you to celebrate the launch of
by Jenny Bornholdt
Can You Tolerate This? Personal Essays
by Ashleigh Young
6.00pm–7.30pm, Thursday 11 August
at Unity Books
57 Willis St, Wellington
Buy both books on the night for only $60 (normally $70).
This offer applies at the Unity Books launch only.
Jenny Bornholdt is the major New Zealand poet of her generation. Her new Selected Poems provides a full representation of her work through nine collections and nearly thirty years. Favourite short poems like ‘How to get ahead of yourself while the light still shines’ and ‘Being a poet’ are here alongside vernacular anecdotes like ‘Then Murray came’ and powerful long poems like ‘Confessional’ and ‘Big Minty Nose’ from her award-winning collection The Rocky Shore. Filled with the lyric beauty, wit and feeling for which Jenny Bornholdt is renowned, Selected Poems will be essential reading for years to come.
Can You Tolerate This? is a collection of twenty-one personal essays by Ashleigh Young. In this spirited and singular book, Young roams freely from preoccupation to preoccupation – Hamilton’s 90s music scene, family histories, a boy with a rare skeletal disease, a stone-collecting French postman, a desire for impossible physical transformation – trying to find some measure of clarity amid uncertainty. How to bear each moment of experience: the inconsequential as much as the shattering? Her search takes us through poignant, funny and raw territories.
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