Free Shipping on Order Over $60
AfterPay Available
Scratch & Sniff

Scratch & Sniff

by Peter van de Kamp and Lim Lee Ching
Publication Date: 20/09/2010
RRP  $24.26 $22.75
"An erudite conversation with the European tradition combines in these poems with often comic interactions between the poetic persona and his neighbours, family, friends, and his dog. Yet they are painfully agnostic about their own range of reference and whether it reaches beyond the confines of the individual soul. This drama is conveyed in clipped lines, equivocal transitions and picaresque narrative that work to mute and dissimulate the joy and despair of self-transcendence. Like the work of another European melancholic of recent memory they have the Jesuit strain injected the wrong way, and the result is a beautiful, humorous, and strangely topical book." --- John Richard Tangney, assistant professor of English, Nanyang Technological University ------ There is a fair bit of scratching and sniffing in this book-from an old dog in the opening poem to a fat, bald drunken satyr in the closing one. That dog is Mickey, van de Kamp's gorgeous bearded collie, whom the poet leftbehind, with his darling wife, when he took up a visiting professorship in Singapore this year. Yes: Caroline, his wife, features prominently in this book too-these poems pretend to be intensely personal. Van de Kamp takes us on a winter's journey through a bleak landscape of loss and despair. But the sentiment is universal and never sentimental: Silenus, that satyr, won't have any of that. Scratch & Sniff gives you a mischievous, and very sexy sad smile. A synergy of words, music, beautiful typesetting and stunning illustrations. ------ PETER VAN DE KAMP was born in The Hague, Holland. This is his third book of poetry. He has taught English and Anglo-Irish Literature at Leiden University and at University College Dublin. He is currently visiting professor at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. LIM LEE CHING teaches and writes about poetry; he works with theories of war and violence. JEREMY FERNANDO is the Jean Baudrillard Fellow at the European Graduate School.Scratch Sniff&poems by PETER VAN DE KAMPthis is art.
Poetry by individual poets
Publication Date:
Atropos Press
Country of origin:
United States
Dimensions (mm):

This title is in stock with our Australian supplier and arrives at our Sydney warehouse within 15 working days of you placing an order.

Once received into our warehouse we will despatch it to you with a Shipping Notification which includes online tracking.

Please check the estimated delivery times below for your region, for after your order is despatched from our warehouse:

ACT Metro  2 working days

NSW Metro  2 working days

NSW Rural  2 - 3 working days

NSW Remote  2 - 5 working days

NT Metro  3 - 6 working days

NT Remote  4 - 10 working days

QLD Metro  2 - 4 working days

QLD Rural  2 - 5 working days

QLD Remote  2 - 7 working days

SA Metro  2 - 5 working days

SA Rural  3 - 6 working days

SA Remote  3 - 7 working days

TAS Metro  3 - 6 working days

TAS Rural  3 - 6 working days

VIC Metro  2 - 3 working days

VIC Rural  2 - 4 working days

VIC Remote  2 - 5 working days

WA Metro  3 - 6 working days

WA Rural  4 - 8 working days

WA Remote  4 - 12 working days

Customer Reviews

Be the first to review Scratch & Sniff.