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Kate Lilley has an impressive literary heritage (her mother is Dorothy Hewett) and is regarded as an outstanding poet in her own right. Ladylike is Lilley's second volume of poetry, much awaited after her 2002 debut Versary (Salt Publishing). She mines the areas of her scholarly specialization - the early modern period, as well as contemporary popular culture - and matches ...more
Paperback, 88 pages
Published 2012 by UWAP
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Helen Hagemann
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Poetry is often a mixed-bag. On the one hand you have lyric poetry which stems from the Romantics to modernism, and on the other - post- modernism - a term mainly aligned by poets who philosophise that not all poets lead eccentric lives, do not embrace "form & feeling", nor are they interested in the personal pronoun "I", or the one true meaning of a text. Hence, post-modernism is meant to free up old restraints to create renewed meaning. Lyn Hejinian and J.H. Prynne
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Jun 29, 2012 Alison Croggon rated it it was amazing
"Intelligent, graceful, sceptical, endlessly resonant, Lilley’s poetry gives us a passionately exact language, which opens up the complexities of the inexact; in particular, the complexities of desire and love. Ladylike is an intricate and fascinating exploration of ‘unfinished business’ of all kinds. It’s divided into four sequences, and the poems are punctuated by black and white images, including some photocollages by Melissa Hardie, that deepen its coils of meaning. As the title suggests, ...more
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