> Skip to content

Arresting reports of hardship, hope, 21st-century exile and the open road from a debut poet who has known them all.

Flitting from the mud-soaked floors of Venice to the glittering, towering constructions of the Abu Dhabi of his childhood and early adulthood, from the 'disposable cities' composed of shanty towns and rough encampments which spring up wherever new resources are discovered to present-day London and North America, André Naffis-Sahely's bracingly plain-spoken first collection gathers portraits of promised lands and those who go in search of them: travellers, labourers, dreamers; the hopeful and the dispossessed. This is poetry as reportage, as much an act of memory as of sinuous, clear-eyed vision. As this arresting new poet has remarked elsewhere: "I don't like poems that invent memories; I have enough of my own."%%%Flitting from the mud-soaked floors of Venice to the glittering, towering constructions of the Abu Dhabi of his childhood and early adulthood, from the 'disposable cities' composed of shanty towns and rough encampments which spring up wherever new resources are discovered to present-day London and North America, André Naffis-Sahely's bracingly plain-spoken first collection gathers portraits of promised lands and those who go in search of them: travellers, labourers, dreamers; the hopeful and the dispossessed. This is poetry as reportage, as much an act of memory as of sinuous, clear-eyed vision. As this arresting new poet has remarked elsewhere: 'I don't like poems that invent memories; I have enough of my own.'

Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780141984933

    June 15, 2017

    Penguin Press (UK Adult)

    96 pages

    RRP $19.99

    Online retailers

    • Abbey's Bookshop
    • Angus & Robertson Bookworld
    • Booktopia
    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
    • Dymocks
    • Books Kinokuniya
    • The Nile
    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

  • EBook

    9780141984940

    August 3, 2017

    Penguin eBooks (UK Adult)

    Online retailers

    • iBooks
    • Amazon Kindle
    • Booktopia
    • eBooks
    • Google Play
    • Kobo
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

Recommendations

The Odyssey
The Odyssey
The Fall of the House of Fifa
Mammon's Kingdom: An Essay on Britain, Now
Exodus
Poems
Just Where You Left It... and Other Poems
Asia's Reckoning: The Struggle for Global Dominance
Lamia, Isabella, The Eve Of St Agnes And Other Poems
The Temple
A Shropshire Lad
Wessex Poems And Other Verses
The Tower
Poems
Songs Of Innocence And Experience
Lyrical Ballads
The Hungry Empire
Works And Days
Summer With Monika
Says Who? the struggle for authority in a market-based society