• Humor

A Sackful of Limericks


Author: Michael Palin
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1473538432
Category: Humor
Page: 96
View: 1333
If you've ever wondered what happened to the young fellow from Malta who bought his grandfather an altar... If you're concerned about the camper called Jack who found a huge snake in his pack... And if you suspect that an eccentric landowner called Grey spent Christmas a very strange way but aren't sure precisely what that entailed... Then a dip into Michael Palin's Sackful of Limericks will provide all the answers – and a lot of fun besides.

There Was An Old Geezer Called Caesar

A History of the world in 100 limericks
Author: Mick Twister
Publisher: Pavilion Books
ISBN: 191104236X
Category:
Page: 304
View: 9811
There is a young fellow named Mick Who's adapted the old limerick To cover, with mirth The whole history of Earth And what made its characters tick. There Was An Old Geezer Called Caesar is 100 lively and humorous limericks that take us back to before the beginning of time itself and right up until yesterday evening when you were probably making your dinner. Covering everyone's favourite history lessons (and a few suprising ones too!), Mick Twister has cleverly raided the tomes of the past, picked at the bones of the world's greatest figures, moments and events and condensed the most complex of human activities into five funny rib-tickling lines for your amusement. Who ever said that history was boring, had clearly never read this book!

    • Fiction

Hemingway's Chair

A Novel
Author: Michael Palin
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
ISBN: 1466836083
Category: Fiction
Page: 288
View: 1073
Martin Sproale is an assistant postmaster obsessed with Ernest Hemingway. Martin lives in a small English village, where he studies his hero and putters about harmlessly--until an ambitious outsider, Nick Marshall, is appointed postmaster instead of Martin. Slick and self-assured, Nick steals Martin's girlfriend and decides to modernize the friendly local office by firing dedicated but elderly employees and privatizing the business. Suddenly, gentle Martin is faced with a choice: meedly accept defeat as he always has, or fight for what he believes in, as his hero, Hemingway, would. Filled with Michael Palin's trademark wit and good humor, this novel is for anyone who has ever dreamed of triumphing over the technocrats and backstabbers of the world. Hilarious, touching, and ultimately inspirational, Hemingway's Chair will make readers stand up and cheer.

    • Poetry

A Little Primer of Tu Fu


Author: David Hawkes
Publisher: New York Review of Books
ISBN: 9629968991
Category: Poetry
Page: 288
View: 5615
The deepest and most varied of the Tang Dynasty poets, Tu Fu (Du Fu) is, in the words of David Hinton, the “first complete poetic sensibility in Chinese literature.” Tu Fu merged the public and the private, often in the same poem, as his subjects ranged from the horrors of war to the delights of friendship, from closely observed landscapes to remembered dreams, from the evocation of historical moments to a wry lament over his own thinning hair. Although Tu Fu has been translated often, and often brilliantly, David Hawkes’s classic study, first published in 1967, is the only book that demonstrates in depth how his poems were written. Hawkes presents thirty-five poems in the original Chinese, with a pinyin transliteration, a character-by-character translation, and a commentary on the subject, the form, the historical background, and the individual lines. There is no other book quite like it for any language: a nuts-and-bolts account of how Chinese poems in general, and specifically the poems of one of the world’s greatest poets, are constructed. It’s an irresistible challenge for readers to invent their own translations.

    • Poetry

The Wordsworth Book of Limericks


Author: Linda Marsh
Publisher: Wordsworth Editions
ISBN: 9781853264900
Category: Poetry
Page: 429
View: 3269
A collection of more than 1,800 comical limericks.

    • Reference

The Ode Less Travelled

Unlocking the Poet Within
Author: Stephen Fry
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101216824
Category: Reference
Page: 384
View: 4908
Comedian and actor Stephen Fry?s witty and practical guide, now in paperback, gives the aspiring poet or student the tools and confidence to write and understand poetry. Stephen Fry believes that if one can speak and read English, one can write poetry. In The Ode Less Travelled, he invites readers to discover the delights of writing poetry for pleasure and provides the tools and confidence to get started. Through enjoyable exercises, witty insights, and simple step-by-step advice, Fry introduces the concepts of Metre, Rhyme, Form, Diction, and Poetics. Most of us have never been taught to read or write poetry, and so it can seem mysterious and intimidating. But Fry, a wonderfully competent, engaging teacher and a writer of poetry himself, sets out to correct this problem by explaining the various elements of poetry in simple terms, without condescension. Fry?s method works, and his enthusiasm is contagious as he explores different forms of poetry: the haiku, the ballad, the villanelle, and the sonnet, among many others. Along the way, he introduces us to poets we?ve heard of but never read. The Ode Less Travelled is not just the survey course you never took in college, it?s a lively celebration of poetry that makes even the most reluctant reader want to pick up a pencil and give it a try.

    • Humor

There Once Was A Man With Six Wives

Our Kings and Queens in Limericks
Author: Mick Twister
Publisher: Pavilion Books
ISBN: 1911042858
Category: Humor
Page: 112
View: 2538
Royal history as you’ve never seen it before – in limericks! Six times Henry Tudor got wed, Unhappy with how his wives bred, And when things turned sour, Exploiting his power He shouted out, ‘Off with her head!’ A hilarious new title from everyone’s favourite limericksmith, Mick Twister. He did world history in the very successful There Was an Old Geezer Called Caesar, and now he’s tackling a subject dear to all our hearts – kings and queens. They’re all in here, from Alfred the Great to our present Queen, now the longest serving monarch in history. There is also a smattering of the most interesting European kings and queens, including such greats as Ivan the Terrible and Vlad the Impaler. Mick’s limericks are accompanied by entertaining snippets of text about the monarchs, and illustrations by Hannah Warren make the book the perfect gift package.

    • Poetry

yesterday i was the moon


Author: Noor Unnahar
Publisher: Clarkson Potter
ISBN: 0525576029
Category: Poetry
Page: 160
View: 4592

    • Poetry

Millefiori


Author: Omar Musa
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 1743772637
Category: Poetry
Page: 80
View: 7532
A collection of love poems and fierce raps, Millefiori is Omar Musa's third book of poetry. Both dream-like and gritty, it also includes gorgeous illustrations and draft poems from Musa's notebook. Heartbreak, cocaine, colonial violence, memory and cave paintings: this is a world full of unbearable beauty and brutality. We know the world is a horror story, but it's also got love notes in the margins.

A Little Book of Limericks

Funny Rhymes for All the Family
Author: Hugh Morrison
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 9781511524124
Category:
Page: 46
View: 590
There was a young lady named Perkins, Who had a great fondness for gherkins; At afternoon tea She ate twenty-three Which pickled her internal workins! This book contains over 200 funny, non-rude limerick poems old and new, suitable for children as well as adults. Laugh at the antics of the woman from Chippenham, Wilts, who walked up to Scotland on stilts, the old lady of Rye, who was baked by mistake in a pie, the young man called McLeod, who played the trombone far too loud - and many many more.

    • Fiction

The Truth

A Novel
Author: Michael Palin
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 1250028248
Category: Fiction
Page: 272
View: 584
An ordinary man at a crossroads in life accepts an offer to travel to India as part of an effort to pen the biography of an elusive but highly influential activist and humanitarian.

    • Polish poetry

Our Life Grows


Author: Ryszard Krynicki
Publisher: New York Review of Books
ISBN: 168137160X
Category: Polish poetry
Page: 157
View: 9232
"The first uncensored, English-language translation of a Polish dissident poet's brave act of witness in post-World-War-II Europe. The Polish poet Ryszard Krynicki, born in a Nazi labor camp in Austria in 1943, became one of the most prominent poets of the New Wave generation of 1968, his poetry offering what Adam Michnik has called "a strange and beautiful testimony," merging "Conrad's heroic ethics with a great metaphysical perspective." Krynicki is the author of a body of work marked at once by the solitude of a poete maudit and solidarity with a hurt and manipulated community. The collection Our Life Grows appeared first in an edition crippled by communist censorship, then in 1978, in the uncensored Paris edition that forms the basis for this translation. These poems, combining a biting wit and rigorously questioning mind with a surreal imagination, are a vital part of the story of postwar Europe"--

    • Poetry

Blue Rose


Author: Carol Muske-Dukes
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1524705012
Category: Poetry
Page: 80
View: 9624
A new collection of emotionally rich, issue-oriented poems from an award-winning poet whose work “has long been essential reading” (Jorie Graham) Carol Muske-Dukes has won acclaim for poetry that marries sophisticated intelligence, emotional resonance, and lyrical intensity. The poems in her new collection, Blue Rose, navigate around the idea of the unattainable – the elusive nature of poetry, of knowledge, of the fact that we know so little of the lives of others, of the world in which we live. Some poems respond to matters of women, birth, and the struggle for reproductive rights, or to issues like gun control and climate change, while others draw inspiration from the lives of women who persisted outside of convention, in poetry, art, science: the painter Paula Modersohn-Becker, the scientist and X-ray crystallographer Rosalind Franklin, and the Californian poet and writer Ina Coolbrith, the first poet laureate ever appointed in America.

    • POETRY

Poet in Spain


Author: Federico García Lorca
Publisher: Knopf
ISBN: 1524733113
Category: POETRY
Page: 517
View: 3428
For the first time in a quarter century, a major new volume of translations of the beloved poetry of Federico García Lorca, presented in a beautiful bilingual edition The fluid and mesmeric lines of these new translations by the award-winning poet Sarah Arvio bring us closer than ever to the talismanic perfection of the great García Lorca. Poet in Spain invokes the "wild, innate, local surrealism" of the Spanish voice, in moonlit poems of love and death set among poplars, rivers, low hills, and high sierras. Arvio's ample and rhythmically rich offering includes, among other essential works, the folkloric yet modernist Gypsy Ballads, the plaintive flamenco Poem of the Cante Jondo, and the turbulent and beautiful Dark Love Sonnets--addressed to Lorca's homosexual lover--which Lorca was revising at the time of his brutal political murder by Fascist forces in the early days of the Spanish Civil War. Here, too, are several lyrics translated into English for the first time and the play Blood Wedding--also a great tragic poem. Arvio has created a fresh voice for Lorca in English, full of urgency, pathos, and lyricism--showing the poet's work has grown only more beautiful with the passage of time.

    • Poetry

Godsong

A Verse Translation of the Bhagavad-Gita, with Commentary
Author: Amit Majmudar
Publisher: Knopf
ISBN: 1524733482
Category: Poetry
Page: 256
View: 683
A fresh, strikingly immediate and elegant verse translation of the classic, with an introduction and helpful guides to each section, by the rising American poet. Born in the United States into a secularized Hindu family, Amit Majmudar puzzled over the many religious traditions on offer, and found that the Bhagavad Gita had much to teach him with its "song of multiplicities." Chief among them is that "its own assertions aren't as important as the relationships between its characters . . . The Gita imagined a relationship in which the soul and God are equals"; it is, he believes, "the greatest poem of friendship . . . in any language." His verse translation captures the many tones and strategies Krishna uses with Arjuna--strict and berating, detached and philosophical, tender and personable. "Listening guides" to each section follow the main text, and expand in accessible terms on the text and what is happening between the lines. Godsong is an instant classic in the field, from a poet of skill, fine intellect, and--perhaps most important--devotion.

    • Humor

The Mammoth Book of Filthy Limericks


Author: Glyn Rees
Publisher: Running PressBook Pub
ISBN: 9780762437306
Category: Humor
Page: 480
View: 2517
This hilariously inappropriate collection of rhymes is sure to provide ammunition to use at the office or even at a party among friends. You’ll never have to repeat a line from this collection of more than 2,000 dirty verses. Perfect for St. Patty’s Day or any time year-round!

100 British Limericks


Author: James Paterson
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781999715632
Category:
Page: 65
View: 7402

    • Poetry

Of Love and Desire


Author: Louis de Bernières
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1473511712
Category: Poetry
Page: 128
View: 4807
Of Love and Desire is a rich collection of love poems from Louis de Bernières, written over a lifetime, and capturing its many forms – from rapture, infatuation, urgency, to sorrow, heartache and disillusion. Poetry was de Bernières’ first and greatest literary love, a passion evident in the musicality and emotion of his poems, which are full of stories and the truth of lived experience. This, his second collection, bears the mark of many influences, from the classical Persian poets, to Neruda, to Quintus Smyrnaeus, to Brian Patten. Beautifully illustrated by Donald Sammut, this is an indispensable companion on the lover’s journey.

    • Fiction

Sketches New and Old

Ghost Story Collections
Author: Mark Twain
Publisher: 谷月社
ISBN: N.A
Category: Fiction
Page: 228
View: 626
My beautiful new watch had run eighteen months without losing or gaining, and without breaking any part of its machinery or stopping. I had come to believe it infallible in its judgments about the time of day, and to consider its constitution and its anatomy imperishable. But at last, one night, I let it run down. I grieved about it as if it were a recognized messenger and forerunner of calamity. But by and by I cheered up, set the watch by guess, and commanded my bodings and superstitions to depart. Next day I stepped into the chief jeweler's to set it by the exact time, and the head of the establishment took it out of my hand and proceeded to set it for me. Then he said, "She is four minutes slow-regulator wants pushing up." I tried to stop him—tried to make him understand that the watch kept perfect time. But no; all this human cabbage could see was that the watch was four minutes slow, and the regulator must be pushed up a little; and so, while I danced around him in anguish, and implored him to let the watch alone, he calmly and cruelly did the shameful deed. My watch began to gain. It gained faster and faster day by day. Within the week it sickened to a raging fever, and its pulse went up to a hundred and fifty in the shade. At the end of two months it had left all the timepieces of the town far in the rear, and was a fraction over thirteen days ahead of the almanac. It was away into November enjoying the snow, while the October leaves were still turning. It hurried up house rent, bills payable, and such things, in such a ruinous way that I could not abide it. I took it to the watchmaker to be regulated. He asked me if I had ever had it repaired. I said no, it had never needed any repairing. He looked a look of vicious happiness and eagerly pried the watch open, and then put a small dice-box into his eye and peered into its machinery. He said it wanted cleaning and oiling, besides regulating—come in a week. After being cleaned and oiled, and regulated, my watch slowed down to that degree that it ticked like a tolling bell. I began to be left by trains...

    • Fiction

I Have More Souls Than One


Author: Fernando Pessoa
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0241339618
Category: Fiction
Page: 64
View: 2831
'But no, she's abstract, is a bird Of sound in the air of air soaring, And her soul sings unencumbered Because the song's what makes her sing.' Dramatic, lyrical and ranging over four distinct personae, these poems by one of Portugal's greatest poets trace a mind shaken by intense suffering and a tireless search for meaning. Penguin Modern: fifty new books celebrating the pioneering spirit of the iconic Penguin Modern Classics series, with each one offering a concentrated hit of its contemporary, international flavour. Here are authors ranging from Kathy Acker to James Baldwin, Truman Capote to Stanislaw Lem and George Orwell to Shirley Jackson; essays radical and inspiring; poems moving and disturbing; stories surreal and fabulous; taking us from the deep South to modern Japan, New York's underground scene to the farthest reaches of outer space.