By Tina GiannoukosPoetry Australian Scholarly Publishing
The poems in Bull Days grapple with desire, ethics and compassion. From the first, the speaker confronts the challenges of today's world. Language becomes the ground of the undoing of a relationship that we are not certain has begun. Perhaps it may yet emerge out of the speaker's contemplation. Multi-voiced, this sequence of 58 sonnets explores the contemporary possibilities of the form.
Tina Giannoukos’ Bull Days is a sequence of 58 sonnets threaded in a graceful tapestry of words laden with tender yet explosive intensity and unbridled passion. Giannoukos explores the trials and tribulations of love in its infinite possibilities. This powerful narrative-driven collection ebbs and flows in cyclical motion, shifting in form, alternating voice and taking us on an emotional, philosophical and spiritual rollercoaster. ‘Love’s desire is stripped bare … ’
All loves are linked. The liturgy of this affair,
heretical, permits violation. In dialogue,
we discover the monologue. My words
slip between idioms. I am in drag.
The monasticism of your love whets
the tongue, and a startling excessiveness
emerges. You are right to limit
the alphabet of my love. The vowels
of moaning proliferate. Polyphony
disturbs your spare musicality. Bare
is the sound of your pain. No one
can play this harmony of silence and
complaint. My favourite instrument,
right now, is the lyre of lament.
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