Cynthia Jobin’s poetry is honest, piercingly intelligent and intensely moving. Her posthumous collection, Song of Paper, showcases the poems she was writing at the height of her powers.
This article by Deborah Bennison, the founder of Bennison Books, first appeared in The Wagon Magazine.
Love reading poetry? Want to support a fantastic charity? All profits from this international anthology of poetry published by Bennison Books will go to The Book Bus.
Generations is the final volume in Peter Bowes’ trilogy of essays and stories, the first two being Bloodlines (2013) and Lineage (2015).
The Weirding Storm: A Dragon Epic by American author Thomas Davis is available now from Bennison Books.
Bennison Books has received some truly outstanding poems for our charity anthology in aid of The Book Bus. This has become a very exciting project and work on final selection, design and layout will begin in the New Year. The title of the anthology will be Indra’s Net. The idea came from the highly accomplished poet Cynthia Jobin. It was with huge sadness that we heard the news of Cynthia’s death earlier this month and Bennison Books will be honoured to include examples of her widely admired poetry in the anthology. The title Indra’s Net is particularly appropriate because many of the poets to be included in the collection have shared their work and been discovered by their readers worldwide via the Internet. As Cynthia explained: “When I think of a web or a net I also think of Indra’s net. Indra’s net is a metaphor for universal interconnectedness. It’s as old as ancient Sanskrit and as ‘today’ as speculative scientific cosmology . . . it’s what came to mind when thinking about nets and webs and interconnectedness. Oh, and jewels, and poems . . .” All proceeds …
One of Australia’s biggest mysteries … An unidentified body, international espionage and a doomed love affair.
“Poetry is often described as a distillation of emotion and this notion is perfectly expressed in a powerful debut collection, Rock and Lodestone, by Otley-based poet Glenda Kerney Brown.”
‘G’day, Al,’ sez I, ‘did the ladies at the shop tell you about the books?’ Al looked undecided.
Huge congratulations to John Looker, whose poetry collection, The Human Hive, has been accepted against stiff competition into The Poetry Library’s collection. A wonderful achievement!
“What I find about your work is the simplicity and clear and understanding meanings which touch deep down into my heart.”
Who were the great ghost story writers? Why did so many leading literary figures attempt the genre with varying degrees of success?
John Looker’s poetry collection, The Human Hive, recently published by Bennison Books, is now available for Kindle. The theme of the collection is our humanity, seen through the lens of human work in all its forms. One of the most intriguing sections is the author’s exploration of the ‘states of mind’ that we can all experience through work. These are portrayed via a range of very different individuals, from an ambassador and caretaker to a clown and ploughman.
To open the pages of a book by Peter Bowes is to enter a quintessentially Australian world, but one that is also universal.
“someone had pictured the thing, had puzzled it out,/ had heard in the mind the ethereal singing of angels/ if it were played.”
“The most exacting test of whether work is a fit subject for poetry is to ask whether poetry can capture and transmute the emotional encounters of work.”
A highly original collection of poems that explore our daily lives as we struggle to get by; the emotional experiences encountered through work; and the place of humankind on our planet.
“I knew that I wanted to write a series of poems about what it is to be human through the lens of work and activity.”
Congratulations to Chris Moran whose life and poetry have been featured in a great article on the MS Trust website.
‘I saw that he had also stopped his madness and was looking over the heads that thronged between us – seeking me out.’
Bloodlines author, Peter Bowes, gives a rare interview, revealing the writers he finds most inspiring, and the best and worst things that people have said about his own work.