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Brand New Ancients

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The scope is epic, but the drama has the sort of exquisite fragility that only comes from brilliant writing about the most ordinary of souls. Tempest’s gods and heroes are the everyday characters, the little people who keep getting up and keep carrying on despite all odds.

I like her insights into modern urban life, and applying that epic vibe ("the Gods are in the toilets having unprotected sex". Un poema che nasce per essere letto a voce alto e che fa della musicalità un elemento fondante e fondamentale del racconto. I really wanted to like this idea but couldn’t help being a bit disappointed in the end because I felt that the two sides of it – the ancient myths and the variations of modern-day heroism – were only loosely connected.

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I don't particularly want to discourage others from reading, just don't expect what I expected based on the other works I mentioned. Questo poema è un invito a ritrovare la deità che è in ciascuno di noi, un invito a ritrovarla attraverso l'amore.

If Homer got bladdered with Ken Loach in a south London pub, they might come up with something like this. I'm well impressed with this one, reminds me at times of Ginsberg's Howl, the short lines, long lines and repetition give you a feeling of constantly changing direction. We can recognise the events which lead to these outcomes, and this could give us the tools and the insight to change the narrative to make the best of what could be a bad situation. Their books have been translated into eleven languages and published to critical acclaim around the world. We’re proud to share the words of our staff, volunteers and placement students and we hope you enjoy reading their thoughts.

It suggests that this outcome could be avoided – like characters from the Greek mythology she draws upon, we all have the ability to become a hero or to become wicked, but it’s up to us how we choose to use this power. An ancient god’s name here, a examination of modern godhood there, but overall much of this analogy, and especially of Tempest’s ancient inspirations, remained unexplored.Beyond that, the through narrative is utterly devoid of originality and reads like a social services manual. This studio production of her acclaimed stage show captures her unique blend of street poetry, rap and storytelling. A fascinating idea that is also well executed by Kae Tempest as the poem shows how these modern day people have commonalities with the ancient gods through their actions and emotions.

Her poetry flows in a way that translates to the page extremely well but works even better when spoken aloud (as the poem should be, the title page advises). Divinità antiche incontrano e si fondono con l'uomo e la donna comune, che sono le divinità contemporanee. Wankers of the world: you have nothing to lose but some shitty writing about doing shitty cocaine in whatever part of South London is next going condo. Kate started her writing as a rapper outside London, and that comes across in word choice, rhythm, and the way the poems scream for performance. I could have done without the first four pages ("The myths in this city have always said the same thing - /about how all we need is a place to belong", etc.I read this in a single sitting, and that final line was a complete gut punch - I had to let out an audible breath when I finished! Kae Tempest shows how the old myths still live on in our everyday acts of violence, bravery, sacrifice and love – and that our lives make tales no less dramatic and powerful than those of the old gods. Kate Tempest’s Brand New Ancients pushes the idea of what poetry can be, telling a complete story through verse rather than serving as a collection of individual poems.

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