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Armando Halpern was born in Lisbon, Portugal and lives in the UK since 2005. He is the editor of Ariadne’s Thread. He published a collection of short-stories and a novel in Portuguese as well as reviews, poems, short essays and short stories in several Portuguese newspapers and anthologies. He has English written poetry and short-stories published in Ariadne’s Thread, The Journal, Philosophy Now, This Island City - Portsmouth in Poetry, Lyrical Beats and Southbank Poetry Magazine. He is a frequent presence at Poetry Cafes, performing as featured poet at poetry events in Bath, Guildford, London, Manchester and Portsmouth.
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19 April 2015
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
I heard the author read some time ago (maybe 1 year or so) and enjoyed it, but this is different from what I heard then. As the other review says, it is elegantly erotic and celebrates the animal within us. Yet, at the same time, I get the feeling that there is something going beyond the erotic and the sensuality that compels to read again and again, maybe an hypnotic rhythm, maybe a hint of the truth that passes out of our reach. In this big collection, my favourite is, and keeps being "Releasing the Statue". This an amazing book that I'm happy to have in my bookshelf. My next step is to buy and read a copy of that magazine, Aradne's Thread.
26 April 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
Armando's collection of poems succeeds not only in conveying the intensity that comes from profoundly emotional and sexual relationships, but gives a glimpse into a synaesthetic space where one sense creates a picture of another. In poems like "Oyster" boundaries between viewer and object shift and diminish. The object of the gaze also holds this power as well. In "F*** Me An Angel" it is the boundaries between physical and spiritual that collide in the sexual act and dissolve. The book's animal poems are beautifully illustrated with the parts of the body corresponding to Armando's association with that particular animal, further inviting us into the abstract and sensual world that he has created. I found that it encouraged me to create more pictures of my own. Thoroughly enjoyable and surreal!
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Elegantly erotic, with a lushness of language that I haven’t seen in a long time
13 April 2015 - Published on Amazon.com
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Armando Halpern is the Editor of a lovely, high quality little journal called Ariadne’s Thread, to which I’ve been addicted for some time. There is a sense of artistic excellence about each edition that he brings over to this collection of his own poetry. For me, these poems are a recognition and celebration of the animal self within us all – that unbridled sensuality and freedom of expression that is too often only released from its civilised prison in the physical act of love. I enjoyed these poems for the same reason I enjoy the shamanic paintings of Susan Seddon Boulet – when you examine the women in her paintings, you discover that they are created of many different animals. Halpern’s work is elegantly erotic, yet sensitive, and with a lushness of language that I haven’t seen in a long time. My favorites are “Photo”, “Swan”, and “F*** Me an Angel”. The latter lured me in with its intriguing title, but captured me entirely me with its first lines. It's a poem I know I will return to again – as I will this book. Highly recommended.