Twenty Seven Stings by Julie EmersonTwenty Seven Stings by Julie Emerson

Twenty Seven Stings

byJulie EmersonIllustratorRoxanna Bikadoroff

Paperback | November 11, 2015

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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.
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 galler...
Title:Twenty Seven StingsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:60 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.25 inPublished:November 11, 2015Publisher:NEW STAR BOOKSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1554201071

ISBN - 13:9781554201075

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from bees as weapons I'm sure there's nothing like this book of poetry around right now. I found myself moving from one century, one millennium, one crazed leader to the next with fascination, astonishment, fear, sadness, loathing and incredulity at times. What is a life-saver can be a weapon. What fills the heart with joy can be the tool for destruction. I'm surrounded by war literature right now. I'm reading The Orenda by Boyden and Julie Emerson’s poetry illuminates his story and shows me that humans have purposely and ingeniously devised methods of war and torture throughout these many centuries. Some methods of the Wendat/Huron and the Iroquois are so similar to what she presents. The illustrations are arresting and tell their own stories as well as enhance the poetry. When I show the book to others, their reactions are similar: surprise at first and then appreciation.
Date published: 2016-02-01