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TUTTI FRUTTI by KONSTANDINOS MAHONEY | SPM Publications Poetry                                                       

TUTTIFRUTTI

This is challenging and rewarding poetry which engages the reader by its startling juxtaposition of familiar with the new. In several poems, mythical referencing is refashioned into contemporary events, so that the imagined past brings its pains and mystery to consequence in an occasional nightmarish present. Poems, located both at home or far-flung places explore the complexities of emotionally-close relationships: the needs of love, and losing love, the ache of separateness, and the desires and pains between estranged people and generations. Throughout, the writing is disciplined and mature. Its penetrating observations are detached and assured and recorded in sensory detail couched in imaginatively-coined imagery, honed by wit. Tutti Frutti is a remarkable collection which demands close and repeated reading. 

- Roger Elkin, author of Bird in Hand and Marking Time.

 

Konstandinos Mahoney’s TUTTI FRUTTI is hot, sexy, witty and engrossing. Mahoney examines relationships, gay and straight, in an edgy, heart-warming fashion, probing the underbelly of family life, often exploring difficult subject matter, with frankness and sensitivity. His poems have a keen cinematic quality, his poetic eye conjuring broad, visual perspectives while closing in on heart-stopping details which leave the reader stimulated and satisfied. Reflecting his multi-cultural, cosmopolitan background and generous world view, several of his poems are set in Europe and East Asia, notably Greece and Hong Kong; his keen social awareness finding expression in provocative political poems. A fantastic debut collection.

 - Lisa Kelly, Chair of Magma Poetry, poetry published by Hearing Eye & Carcanet.

 

 

 

 

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Tutti Frutti by Konstandinos Mahoney

  • Paperback: 78 pages
  • Publisher: SPM Publications (October 19, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0993503586
  • ISBN-13: 978-0993503580
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches

  • Konstandinos Mahoney, a Greek-Irish-English Londoner, has lived abroad as long as he has lived at home. He teaches Creative Writing at The University of Hong Kong and blogs for the Asian Literary Review. Winner of the Poetry Society Stanza Competition, his poems have been widely published in magazines. Videos of his poems are available on YouTube, e.g. Hong Kong Bar Hop. His plays have been staged in London and Hong Kong, broadcast on the BBC and worldwide. @KonstandinosMa2 

    Cover Art - “Tutti Frutti Graffiti” by Lydia Wu Yeung

    Photograph by Lidya Nada.

     

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