Geography for the Lost
In Geography for the Lost, travelling poems speak from different parts of the world and different moments in time, but always of the many ways to be lost and disoriented: in a place, in the past, in fear, in the very quickness of life.
The voices here – from a Roman housewife to a Chinese bar-owner in Berlin or an Argentine DJ – are of the heartsick, the culturally jet-lagged, people from photographs, the ‘tenants’ of lives, cities and destinies. This is what we all are, have been, or will be. Colourful, haunting, funny, bitter-sweet, the poems in Geography for the Lost mirror the restlessness of the human condition in Kassabova’s best book yet.
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Inventive rhyme schemes, unusual and unexpected rhythms, even the odd joke: Geography for the Lost maintains all the moral seriousness of Kassabova’s earlier work but adds to it all this, and a sensuously detailed lyricism. – Dougal McNeill, NZ Books