Twenty Seven Stings by Julie Emerson, Roxanna Bikadoroff

Twenty Seven Stings


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About Twenty Seven Stings

Carefully crafted, lapidary poems... few will fail to be impressed and moved. We need poets like Emerson, and books like Twenty Seven Stings. Read this one even if you seldom read poetry. —Vancouver Sun.

Twenty Seven Stings is a suite of seventeen poems inspired by the cultural histories and military strategies that have led us into wars throughout history, from sixth century BCE China to Alexander the Great to contemporary American drone warfare.

Drawing on these and other well-known conflicts, Twenty Seven Stings engages various aspects of war, including the rules of warfare; the unsung roles of women as pawns or inspirations or lures; the seasons of battle, the landscape, and the lack of food as elemental factors; and the use of poisons and bees as weapons — the title poem refers to the bee-stings required to kill an enemy, according to Pliny's Natural History. Julie Emerson's powerfully understated verse reimagines human consciousness, and the ways our psychological needs, our territorial instincts, and our propensity for violence inhabit and animate the state of war.

Twenty Seven Stings is illustrated by renowned Vancouver illustrator Roxanna Bikadoroff.

About Julie Emerson, Roxanna Bikadoroff

Julie Emerson is a writer and multimedia artist who lives in Vancouver and on Mayne Island, BC. She is the author of The Herons of Stanley Park (with photographer Martin Passchier, 2013) and A Hundred Days: A Botanical Novel (2012), and won the 2013 Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Haiku Competition. Her artwork is exhibited in galleries around Vancouver.

Roxanna Bikadoroff is an award–winning illustrator whose work has appeared in hundreds of publications, including The New Yorker and The Walrus, and on the covers of numerous books, including series by Angela Carter and Flannery O'Connor. She was born in Montreal and now lives in Vancouver.

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