4 March 2009

NEW POETRY COLLECTION - _Eighth Habitation_ by Adam Aitken (Giramondo Press)

ADAM AITKEN's new collection of poems, Eighth Habitation, is published this week by Giramondo Press.

The launch will be held at Gleebooks, 49 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe, on Sunday, 5 April 2009, 3.30 for 4pm. Marcelle Freiman will be launching the new publication.

The following is taken from the Giramondo site:

"Eighth Habitation takes its name from the Buddhist notion of purgatory, a mystic realm where the meaning of human lives are judged. The poems inhabit a range of landscapes and perspectives, in Indonesia, Cambodia, Thailand and China, with an empathy and understanding that suggests a consciousness imbued with an Asian sensibility. Blending the cosmopolitan, the traditional and the unexpected, in their accumulation of detail they register the dignity and resilience of a world recovering from personal tragedy and the trauma of history.

‘a lucid and finally lyrical voice… wholly original on the Australian scene’ - michael brennan

Adam Aitken grew up in London, Thailand and Malaysia, before coming to Australia in 1968. His collection Romeo and Juliet in Subtitles, was shortlisted for the South Australian Festival Award for poetry and the Age Book of the Year Award. Eighth Habitation is his fourth collection."

Poetry, Paperback, 160 pp, $24.95
Publication: March 2009