In 'Fiscal Ballads,' Harry Graham takes an innovative approach to elucidating the oft-daunting principles of economics. He employs light verse to demystify intricate economic concepts, crafting them into digestible and entertaining rhymes. The book is steeped in the pastoral charm of a rural village, where locals become the mouthpiece for the author's clever expositions on taxation, supply and demand, and financial risk. Graham's literary style marries the rhythmic cadence of poetry with the analytical prose of economic theory, creating an atypical literary context that is both enlightening and whimsically delightful. Attention to linguistic detail and the accessibility of the subject matter are the hallmarks of this unorthodox work.
As an accomplished English writer, poet, and journalist, Harry Graham brought to 'Fiscal Ballads' his unique flair for satire and his ability to distill complex ideas into humorous and approachable text. His background, combined with a witty observation of the world's fiscal dynamics, led him to this creative intersection of economic instruction and poetic charm. It's through his masterful storytelling and rhythmic expertise that Graham guides us through the intricate pathways of economic understanding with a lighthearted touch.
'Recommended for both the literary enthusiast and the economic novice, 'Fiscal Ballads' serves as a refreshing take on what might otherwise be a tedious subject. It invites readers to explore the serious world of economics through the engaging rhythm of verse, promising both chuckles and conceptual clarity. This collection will particularly appeal to those who delight in the blending of disparate genres and those seeking a novel educational method. Graham's work stands as a testament to the power of poetry to transform and transcend traditional academic boundaries.
Winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Award and finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry, the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and the National Book Award in Poetry—a collection that examines the myth and history of the prizefighter Jack JohnsonThe legendary Jack Johnson (1878–1946) was a true American creation. The child of emancipated slaves, he overcame the violent segregationism of Jim Crow, challenging white boxers—and white America—to become the first African-American heavyweight world champion. The Big Smoke, Adrian Matejka's third work of poetry, follows the fighter's journey from poverty to the most coveted title in sports through the multi-layered voices of Johnson and the white women he brazenly loved. Matejka's book is part historic reclamation and part interrogation of Johnson's complicated legacy, one that often misremembers the magnetic man behind the myth.
Each poem in this book contains a deep sense of life. The poet has shown the light of hope in the midst of despair and pain. Realized God's true nature afresh. Shown a consciousness about the world. The world of fantasy in this book is mixed with reality. A wonderful amalgamation of spiritual and scientific knowledge. The poet asks various questions about social consciousness, religion and politics.
The second collection of plays from the multi-award-winning Irish playwright.
This volume of remarkable plays charts the development of one of the most strikingly original playwrights in contemporary theatre. It collects together four full-length plays – three of which were produced by Galway's Druid Theatre Company, three of which were performed at the Edinburgh Fringe, and two of which transferred to London's National Theatre – along with two fascinating short plays and a Foreword by the author.
The Walworth Farce (2006) is a madcap yet tender play about what can happen when we become stuck in the stories we tell about our lives.
The New Electric Ballroom (2008) is a dark, glitter-dusted fable of the emotionally stultifying effects of small-town life.
In a savage and riveting take on the classic Greek myth of Odysseus's wife, Penelope (2010) sees four ridiculous men facing their inevitable deaths, and playing for an unwinnable love.
Ballyturk (2014) saw Walsh reuniting with actor Cillian Murphy after Disco Pigs and Misterman for a jaw-droppingly physical play in which the lives of two men unravel over the course of ninety minutes.
Also included in this volume are two short plays, My Friend Duplicity (2010), which went on to inspire Ballyturk, and Room 303 (2011).
'One of the most fiercely individual voices in the theatre today' New York Times
'Enda Walsh makes his own distinctive stage music in the fury of his writing talent and the irresistible surge of his blatant theatricality' Independent
Life, love, and work intertwine with nature in a unique series of poems. No matter what the day-to-day challenges are, Tom Stodulka tries to face each day with positivity as life unfolds from beginning to end.
Journey with Tom through tales of Australian life, discover local flora and fauna, and learn from his experiences in his work as a mediator. Tom shares his deep appreciation of nature and his passion for his work and takes the listener on a journey through life.
A unique collection of everything that Chekhov wrote about the theatre.
Chekhov started writing about theatre in newspaper articles and in his own letters even before he began writing plays. Later, he wrote in detail about his own plays to his lifelong friend and mentor Alexei Suvorin, his wife and leading actress, Olga Knipper, and to the two directors of the Moscow Art Theatre, Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko.
Collected for this volume, these writings reveal Chekhov's instinctive curiosity about the way theatre works – and his concerns about how best to realise his own intentions as a playwright. Often peppery, passionate, even distraught, as he feels his plays misinterpreted or undermined, Chekhov comes over in these pages as a true man of the theatre.
'Chekhov is an acute observer who could easily have made his way as a director or dramaturg judging by his ability to spot strengths and weaknesses in not only his own writing but that of others. This book builds a strong picture of theatrical life in Moscow and St Petersburg just before and at the turn of the last century, with vast amounts of bitching seemingly a commonplace. It can also serve as a tangential autobiography since, through its pages, it is possible to learn much about its subject's life and work.' - British Theatre Guide
Redemption is only ever partial. Ray makes mistakes in his life yet at the last he tries to make some sort of restitution. In this novel, there is fake mysticism, empty promises, infidelity, lost chances and examples of how in extremis people can surprise and surpass themselves. There are also contrasting examples of how returning to one's past can end up - Jan is destroyed by hers, whereas Ray finds renewed purpose and enduring loyalties in his.
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