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281 Karangahape Rd Auckland

Vana Manasiadis

The Grief Almanac : A Sequel


This bold hybrid of poetry, memoir, letter, essay and ekphrasis shows what alchemy can happen when pushing at the boundaries of what poetry is. Using strikingly unique forms and melding Greek with English, prose with poetry, and the past and present with fantasy and myth, The Grief Almanac: A Sequel defies conventions as it steers us over multiple terrains.

The grief of the title is the grief of memory, inevitability, and in particular the grief of, and for, a lost mother, but the result goes beyond eulogy. Wry revisions, elegy, and a kind of poetic archiving, point to co-existence and interconnectedness and culminate instead in a guidebook, a legend and expansive lament.

Ambitious and mesmerising, The Grief Almanac: A Sequel is a work that aims squarely for both head and heart.