(O)

(O)

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Author: So Mayer

Publisher: Arc

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Sam says:

'Combining myth, history and fairy tales, So Mayer gives us a story of stories: how they shape us, how they have oppressed us and how they might set us free. Whether they are retelling red riding hood, or exploring the link between the word and the woods (‘Liberty. Librotree’), this is seriously playful and sexy feminist poetry.'

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So Mayer's fourth published poetry collection, (O), is a bittersweet lovesong to zombies, tattoos, lovers and sisters, Katniss and Pussy Riot, Artemis and suffragists. In three parts - I DO, I UNDO, I REDO - the poet undoes herself and all around her in a cycle that takes her back to the start as it comes to an end. Spirited, politicised, contemporary and Classical, these poems bring a poetic voice to the women that have lived in the cracks of history. In her own words: "Nothing - and everything - is sacred in this new cosmogony, beginning again with O."