When the poetry book inãianei/now by Vaughan Rapatahana was given to me to review the cover, by Pauline Canlas Wu, not only intrigued me but also surprised me. Why? Because it portrays a group of men showing anger and two women with a resigned look on their faces and a hand expression that I interpreted as “What can we do?”. Once I read the book the cover made sense to me.

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Brian has always been a poet, but he is one of those people who also has a wide variety of artistic interests: he was lead singer for the post-industrial band, Distant Locust, together with being their lyricist – there is an earlier book of song lyrics; he is a painter (as you can see from the cover) and a photographer.

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Rhymes with Hyenas fills me with joy. For so many reasons. I can guarantee it will be unlike anything you have read before. It’s more than a poetry collection. More than an epistolary novel. More than a feminist reclamation of literary history. More than an ode to sisterhood. Yes, it is all these things. But it is so much more.

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Vicky Tsaconas lives in Melbourne. Her poetry and prose have been published in the anthologies Southern Sun, Aegean Light and Mothers from the Edge, in Stylus Lit, the Australian Multicultural Writing Project,Transnational Literature, Australian Poetry Journal, Azuria, Hobo Poetry Magazine, & (ampersand) and Unusual Work. Her articles have been published in Australia, Greece and online. Vicky was one of the founding members of Διφωνιες (Difonies) Journal of Greek Australian Thought.  

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