Between the Kindling and the Blaze by Ben Brown

Reflections on the concept of mana

Between the Kindling and the Blaze is a bold exploration of the concept of mana. In resonant poetry and short prose poetry, the author does not seek to define mana but rather to reflect on its myriad nuances. ‘The colour of mana is red they say, from warm sunset tones to bold, vigorous and bloody shades of power and authority, the kaka feather, the dog skin cloak, the ochre of the earth. But where is the white of purity, the certainty of black, the humility of grey? Colour then, will not suffice in the exploration of mana. How can a humble man be proud? Why is the mountain more than a mountain? How does a river flow in my veins and where is the strength in silence? This book is not silent. It cannot be…’

Comes with a CD of 10 poems read by the poet.

Buy now RRP $28

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