"CHINA SUITE AND OTHER POEMS" by Gillian Bickley

ISBN 978-988-17724-9-7
Pbk. 136pp.
5.83 in. wide by 8.27 in. high.
Published November 2009.
Supported by Hong Kong Arts Development Council
Purchase and details link: China Suite

GILLIAN BICKLEY lives in Hong Kong with her husband, Verner Bickley.

GILLIAN BICKLEY'S fourth collection of poems in which she responds to people, art and life, creating a record of her particular space in time. Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Sukhothai, Honolulu, Mexico City, northernmost Scotland, Andorra are among the places. Intimates and strangers are the people. She is interested as much in a mother and son seen for some seconds on a bridge in Shanghai as in the emotions flowing between performer and conductor throughout a concert, and the interpretation one creative artist gives to that of another's work. She values the records we all make: — the heritage we may or may not preserve, what we choose to reveal of our lives, the constant interpretative understanding of the personal as well as the historical past, and the sacredness of memory. Here we find observation and reflection — on current affairs as well as people and places — and also the frisson produced by five "skulls" in a window, a funeral owl caught in hire-car headlights, and the realization that classical stories are re-enacted in our own lives. The poet reads her poems on two audio CDs packaged with the book.

"You are lucky to have this poetry in your hand." — Karmel Schreyer

"The poems in CHINA SUITE are unpretentious, direct, and even raw, like gemstones freshly dug out of a quarry. The psychological boundaries drawn to separate cultures from cultures, clans from clans, and individual from individual are utterly destroyed. An unnoticed observer, she trespasses ethnic taboos and social no-nos, and writes down whatever she sees without getting caught—in a graceful way." — Elbert S. P. Lee


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Purchase and details link: China Suite
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E-book (Kindle) ISBN: 978-988-18905-8-0.


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