Wooroloo by Frieda Hughes

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Welcome to the meticulously observed world of Frieda Hughes. It is a world of tangible materiality constantly on the brink of change, a world populated with foxes and fire, fathers and lovers, mothers and birdmen - a world that is ultimately combustible, fragile, fearsome, and elegiacally beautiful. Hughes maps the landscape, both within and without, in language possessed of an almost painterly sensitivity and a sublime mastery of craft. The self she depicts is one who is tested by loss, danger, betrayal, and abandonment, yet one who is transformed through experience into a world beyond nihilism and despair: a place that makes possible truth, strength of character, and the redemptive powers of love.

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Born in London in 1960, Frieda Hughes is a poet, an award-winning painter, and the author of seven books for children. Her poems have appeared in many leading publications, including, among others, "The New Yorker", "The Paris Review", "The London Magazine", "The Spectator", "The Times", "Tatler", "Thumbscrew", and "Agenda". Her first collection of poetry, "Wooroloo", received a Poetry Book Society Special Commendation.
Published January 1, 1999 by Fremantle Arts Centre Press. 80 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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These fierce poems aside, Hughes shares her father’s rough elementalism—bones and mud and rocks share space with a bestiary of violent and dead birds, insects, and mammals: a dead cow bloated by the side of the road, a rotting kookaburra, a spider killing with a kiss, and a fox eating through its...

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At last, she left him."" One will not fail to recognize Frieda Hughes's mother, the late Sylvia Plath, in these lines, just as Plath's own mother is chastened in ""Granny"": ""You loved me not, just saw/ A copy of the face/ You gave birth to."" The book also makes use of Hughes pere's characteris...

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