Missing home? Book of homesickness & exile poems, inspired by Ovid

Missing home? Book of homesickness & exile poems, inspired by Ovid


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How does it feel to be a foreigner? Can you choose where you call home? What if you reject your home or your home rejects you? Poets from across the world offer moving insights into the emotional pull of places in this fascinating collection about the fundamental human need to belong.

This little blue book is the perfect gift for anyone who is missing home or about to leave home or go travelling.

I decided to make the book because I'd been thinking a lot about where I could or should call 'home', and I wanted to explore all the different meanings and occasional disconnect between where you're 'from' and where you live.

I was also inspired by the Roman poet Ovid: in AD 8, the Roman poet Ovid was banished from Rome by the Emperor Augustus and sent to Tomis, a remote town on the Black Sea. Cold and wretched in his new environment, he wrote five books of sad poems – the Tristia – in which he begged to be allowed to return. So, in Homesickness and Exile, twenty-eight modern poets expand on Ovid’s themes and explore spiritual as well as physical exile in the modern world.
The book is beautifully produced, with turquoise blue paper for the cover and smooth cream paper inside, and 10 drawings illustrating Ovid's exile.

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'Homesickness and Exile: Poems about Longing and Belonging'
Edited by Rachel Piercey and Emma Wright, with illustrations by Emma Wright
ISBN 978-1-910139-02-8 / paperback, perfect bound
184 x 123mm / 88 pages / 40 poems / 10 illustrations / published 18th September 2014

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‘The work contained within the anthology wanders as freely as the many lost and homesick souls that populate its poems. There are meditations on being a stranger, poems of longing, and songs of celebration taking great joy in the solace of home. […] The book, as one has come to expect from The Emma Press, is a beautiful artefact. The care and dedication spent in the editorial process, and in the crafting of the poems themselves, is reflected in the elegance of the physical tome and Emma Wright’s unique and enchanting illustrations.’ — Steven Nash, Sabotage Reviews

‘A charming little blue book with a wistful boat sketching on the front, Homesickness and Exile is filled with longing, hope, history and nostalgia.‘ — The Reading Post

‘This is a lovingly crafted and engaging collection of poetry. The charm and variety of the work means that each page offers an unexpected perspective of the shared theme. [...] This collection is perfect for longstanding lovers of poetry, yet accessible enough to appeal to more curious newcomers to the form.‘ — Booktrust

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With poems from Ivy Alvarez, Zeina Hashem Beck, Alex Bell, Carole Bromley, Mary Buchinger, George David Clark, James Coghill, Ellie Danak, Cath Drake, Frank Dullaghan, John Froy, Charlotte Higgins, Holly Hopkins, Elizabeth Horne, Anja Konig, Eve Lacey, Gill Learner, Rachel Long, Marissa Mazek, John McCullough, Cheryl Moskowitz, Selina Nwulu, Richard O’Brien, Lisa Ortiz, Rachel Piercey, Stephen Sexton, Vili Skarlopoulou and James Trevelyan.

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