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Reaching for my Gnu: Poetry by Anna Chen [Kindle Edition]

Anna Chen
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Book Description

'When I hear the word, 'culture', I reach for my gnu.'


A funny – often hilarious – collection of poetry by Anna Chen from Aaaargh! Press.

If you want something stand-out different to the mainstream, a read that's witty with a sharp insightful twist, poems crammed with ideas that are transgressive and executed with nerve, verve and brio, then this book is for you.

The content ranges from political verse and generally funny stuff to explorations of love, relationships and sex – all from a stunningly original Orwell Prize shortlisted writer, performer and broadcaster.


What they say ...



'The poems in this collection are graceful, muscular, playful, rich in both emotional depth and intellectual rigour; brimful of righteous anger and piercing wit .... If you're reading this and you've never seen Anna Chen perform, you're in for a treat now and an even bigger one when you see her live.' CHARLES SHAAR MURRAY

'Brilliant and dangerous. In Reaching For My Gnu Anna Chen operates one wild-ride roller coaster that soars to altitudes of unfettered wit and then plunges with a startling and implacably knowing anger ... "What work of depravity is a man who amasses more than he can spend in a lifespan?" Her deck of cultural references includes Poe and Freud, Stalin and Hemingway, junk food, Marlon Brando, Moby Dick, and Anna May Wong, and she deals these cards face up with a unerringly sense of history uniquely coupled with a perception that's as topical as tomorrow.' MICK FARREN


'Anna Chen is fighting the good fight with fierce, funny, moving and sulphurous poems. You wouldn't want to cross her, but you want to read her.' HEATHCOTE WILLIAMS


'Heartfelt, funny, satirical, accessible and strong.' LABOUR BRIEFING

'Superb.' GREG PALAST


Praise for Anna Chen



'Cutting edge.' STEWART LEE

'Charming, witty and sophisticated.' SUNDAY TIMES

'Very witty' GRAHAM NORTON

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Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 231 KB
  • Print Length: 60 pages
  • Publisher: Aaaargh! Press (8 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009AEUP52
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #492,264 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Anna Chen was born in London. Her poetry was first published when she was 14 in a Jonathan Cape anthology. She is an Orwell Prize shortlisted blogger as well as the author of several stage shows including Suzy Wrong - Human Cannon; Anna May Wong Must Die!; and The Steampunk Opium Wars. She writes and presents documentaries and drama for BBC Radio.
Her Resonance 104.4FM radio series, MADAM MIAOW'S CULTURE LOUNGE, goes out 5.30-6.30pm, Tuesdays from 15th October to 3rd December 2013. Reaching for my Gnu is her first collection of poetry.

"Charming, witty and sophisticated" SUNDAY TIMES

"... quasi-Byronic, full of surprise and acerbic invention ... Burning words full of life and truth." CHRIS SEARLE, MORNING STAR

"Anna Chen's poetry wears wet leathers, red lipstick, stilettos - and is heavily armed. Her slim volume, Reaching for My Gnu, is filled with what I'd call 'strap-on poems'. They look like an evening's easy pleasure but are far more painful and unforgettable than you'd bargained for." GREG PALAST, VICE MAGAZINE

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, spiky, irreverent and FUN! 4 Oct. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Anna Chen is one of the rising stars of the vibrant British Poetry and Performance Scene, and this, her first collection, is a fun-filled rollercoaster ride through the inside of her head.

For Chen, the personal is political, and the poems tour the gamut of her life in Britain: there are meditations on gender, psychology, Literature, food, class and autobiographical details all mixed and matched in energetic, spiky, punchy language.

Consider this a primer for not only what the Life Political is like in Britain, but also the linguistic equivalent of a high-speed ride through the highways of new British Poetry.

It's fast, furious and fun. And before you know it, your brain has been rewired and filled with new things.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I stumbled across Anna Chen whilst trying to promote my own book and it was love at first poem! I bought this book on the strength of its 'example' poems and particularly enjoyed 'Burger', Poe, Kicking a Dinosaur and Yellow Face! The language and humour is clever, lyrical and a joy to read. Will be taking this 'ace' book to the next poetry group I attend in June. Long live Anna Chen!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Liked very much 7 Oct. 2012
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Literally only just got the title pun, very funny. I found this book gutsy, funny and soulful. I liked it very much. The poems are slice of life, natural. They ooze a multi cultural London. i loved Burger, it actually made me laugh out loud. I may have to avoid McDonalds now for several days, I recommend the book highly and understand the author also has a very diverse and interesting blog so there is no need to stop at the book,. I love the idea that books can now, with the internet be far more interactive, you can tweets, chat to and express your ideas with your fav author. I recommend the book a hearty four stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Reaching for My Gnu 28 Jan. 2013
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If you're new to poetry then this is the collection for you.
Witty, thought provoking with more than a little tongue in cheek and lashings of humour
A collection you can pick up and dip into, put down and come back to time and time again
Treat yourself go on you know you want to
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