Saturday, 9 July 2011

Vaughan Rapatahana's Home, Away, Elsewhere

Home Away Elsewhere
Semi-finalist for the inaugural Proverse Prize

Vaughan Rapatahana

Rapatahana's poems make significant patterns out of the randomness of life's events and give succinct and effective voice to the peculiarly modern condition of the global nomad at once home everywhere and home nowhere. 
David Eggleton, Editor of Landfall, Aotearoa-New Zealand.

…poems with attitude. … passionate, uncompromising and sardonic. …there is darkness here … also wit in abundance and a playfulness in language and thought … at times laugh-out-loud funny…. a compelling voice and Vaughan uses it skilfully to tell us his stories, make his often pungent points, and take us places few of us have seen. 
James Norcliffe, Robert Burns Fellow (2000), Aotearoa-New Zealand.

In Home, Away, Elsewhere Vaughan Rapatahana promises the deep irony/ absurdity/ reality of the new century, where home is really elsewhere and elsewhere is indeed a sort of home. ... These poems are pieces of an intricately interlinked multi-cultural and multi-lingual world, in which the poet must learn to live. In fact the poet relishes this confusing richness. His verses celebrate the graphic possibility of words, their visual appearance and sounds. So one must come to them with big eyes, big ears and a limitless imagination. Muhammad Haji Salleh, National Laureate, Malaysia.

£14.00: UK
HK$98.00: Hong Kong
NZ$30.00: New Zealand
C$25: Canada
€18: Europe
US$18: USA

Vaughan Rapatahana's poetry has been published in Issue #8 of Cha.

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