'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