The: 2021 Sets

Author(s): Billot Victor


The Sets returns again and again to the ever-present sea as a metaphor, a mirror, a compan-ion and an otherworld that contains our dreams and nightmares. Dunedin poet Victor Billot finds in the South Pacific Ocean an oracle of the future and a keeper of our histories.The Sets begins with reflections on the domestic world and the fragility of the family and personal relationships that sustain us, the necessity and refuge of love, and the sometimes catastrophic effects of failure in these relationships. The collection then shifts towards political and social satire, punching out mashups of fake news and rogue algorithms that mix mordant wit with compressed rage at the banality of humanitys descent towards oblivion.From the poets coastal childhood to the turbulent post-1980s experiences of his gener-ation, we end with a series of meditations on the ocean as a site of the brutality of globalised capitalism, and a representation of the complex and difficult worlds we carry within us.In love with language, entangled in the world, Victor Billots poetry draws on post-punk music and spoken word performance to create a panoramic extravaganza firing on all cylinders.


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  • : 9781988592602
  • : Otago University Press
  • : Otago University Press
  • : January 2021
  • : --- length: - '19.8' width: - '13' units: - Centimeters
  • : books

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  • : Billot Victor
  • : Paperback