"MOVING HOUSE and OTHER POEMS from HONG KONG"
Published December 2005.
English Poetry - China - Hong Kong - England.
C21st - History & Criticism.
Moving House and Other Poems from Hong Kong with an essay on new Hong Kong English language poetry, "Five New Scorchers Blaze a Trail". By Gillian Bickley.
Preface by Professor Chung Ling, PhD, Dean, Faculty of Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University.
The audio CD included with the book contains a professional recording of all the poems in this collection, read by Gillian.
Here is what some reviewers have said:
"Gillian Bickley writes as she responds to everyday events, always with the echo of 'time's winged chariot' in her ears. The fact of moving house sends her speeding back through the moves of a lifetime and forward to the last move, to the small room of the grave.
"The opening poem suggests the elusive presence of the author, and the deeper themes glimpsed through her deceptively simple poems.
"The variety of human life and the individual response to life, these are Gillian Bickley's central interests.
"The power that invigorates the poems in Moving House is the control of language. In this bare, tight poetry, no idle words are allowed. Its vocabulary draws on the base language of essences and epiphanies. The chosen spare language is the perfect partner for this poetry of mature experience." — Emeritus Professor I. F. Clarke and M. Clarke.
"Images, as if from a poetic camera, of experiences and reflections of existence in Hong Kong." "The poetic observations of a sensitive writer responding to the reality of being alive." "Insightful probing into the darker issues of our lives . . . to make sense of human experience." — Paul Bench, Speech & Drama: Journal of the Society of Teachers of Speech and Drama.
"A privileged view into the emotional, intellectual and spiritual life of its writer." "The profound intimacy of the personal poems, reflecting universal truths about the human condition, renders the reader at once intruder and confidant." — Solveig Bang, Sunday Morning Post, Hong Kong.
"Bickley's delicately-crafted poems are faithful word portraits of various aspects of Hong Kong at the turn of the millennium: its landscape, its people, its myths and spirits." — Tammy Ho, Asian Review of Books.
"Bickley emerges from the poems as a funny, perceptive, caring, and wise person." "Adventurous in scope." "Much of the poetry is easy access — poems that strip themselves bare for the reader". — MM, Hong Kong Magazine.
"Fresh, insightful and in rhythm with the sensitivities of a community passing through a period of political and social change." "An important contribution to the evolution of cross-cultural poetry in, and about, Hong Kong." "Some of her reflective pieces are thought provoking, even challenging." "Perhaps at her best in describing people and commonplace events in Hong Kong." "She paints a rich and textured canvas." "Shared humility and humanity." — Ian Wotherspoon, The Overseas Pensioner, UK. (Writing of Moving House and For the Record, taken together.)
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E-book ISBN: 9789628557080
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