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'So much fun to read. Warm, witty and profound.' -Claudia Taranto, ABC-RN
'This lovely collection of poems is at times hilarious and poignant.' -Library & Computing News
'I'd like to nominate Beth Spencer's Vagabondage as my best read for 2014... It's beautiful, it's funny, it's sad, and speaks to all of us who aim to age disgracefully. -Books & Arts Daily
'...there is a humour that underlies the journey that turns its reading into an adventure.' -Cordite Poetry Review
'[Exploring] the Big Questions: love, family, the whole catastrophe...Verdict: Dreamy.' -The Sunday Territorian
'An unexpected gem... a memoir of moving spiritually and geographically, told in verse! Utterly unique, so Australian and such a beautiful work of art, Beth Spencer's tale of selling her house and becoming a nomad spoke to me with a vivid kind of wanderer's call. A perfect book to read on holiday, but be warned, it might change your life forever.' Walter Mason, My Favourite Books of 2014.
File Size: 2398 KB
Print Length: 164 pages
Publisher: Dogmedia (Daughter of Galavant) / UWAP (March 20, 2015)
What a delight this book is. At times joyful, often whimsical and always deep, Vagabondage describes Beth Spencer's year of living in a van, and what she gained and lost in the process. This is a rich but accessible verse memoir you'll dip into again and again. My favourite? 'Lost Woman Looks for Herself', about a woman who went missing from a tour bus (based on actual news). Vagabondage has the best of both worlds, the power of emotional storytelling coupled with the art of poetry. An absolute gem.
Beth Spencer has developed an extraordinary style that can leap across genres and then pause to pull apart the hairline fractures in a single word. Her writing is at once astute, accessible and astonishing. Vagabondage is bound to please.