Arthur, Jake


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Here are the cards. Put your hand on them,
Close your eyes. You don’t want to?
But you are blind with them open.

Jake Arthur’s beguiling second poetry collection opens with a tarot reader coaxing us into a reading over a cup of tea. And in a rush of vivid scenes and impressions, we begin to imagine episodes from different lives – a woman tries to train a robin; parents anxiously attend a teacher-parent interview; a man is cast overboard and wonders if he will ever be found. Each card prompts a new character to mull over their uncertainties, hopes, obstacles and joys.
Loosely inspired by the illustrations of the famous 1909 Rider-Waite tarot deck, with its riotous depictions of magicians, occultists, lovers, fools and angels, these poems have us grappling our way towards a clear path.

Format: Paperback
Pages: 248
Imprint: Te Herenga Waka University Press
Publication date: 13/06/2024

ISBN: 9781776921379 Categories: ,