A TLS Book Of The Year 2020
‘The festive mischief of Sophie Herxheimer’s 60 Lovers to Make and Do will lift even the worst Covidian doldrums.’ – Marina Warner
‘Sophie Herxheimer is a genius.’ – Andrea Reece, Manager – National Poetry Day
‘At once serious and playful … her energy bubbles up with exuberant joyful creativity.’ – Bidisha, Wasafiri
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From the author of Velkom to Inklandt : a Sunday Times poetry book of the year and Observer poetry book of the month.
In 60 Lovers To Make And Do, Sophie Herxheimer imagines a litany of characters who make companions for themselves from everyday objects.
She tabled a lover from icing sugar,
a barometer and an obscure stringed instrument,
he was Pegasus-like, defying gravity.
They soared all over the cosmos
moaning and melting …
Each woman animates her creation with reflected desires and frustrations. Their absurd, often funny stories distill into familiar loves, which take flight, fail, or settle somewhere between a compromise and a perky arrangement.
Herxheimer’s glorious collages evoke both the seasons of a year and a lifetime — extraordinary objects of private devotion are prised from chandeliers and trees, skirting boards and biscuits.
|Dimensions||22 × 17 × 5 cm|