Torment &Soul
by Bee Williamson

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Torment & Soul by Bee Wiliamson

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Paperback: 230 pages
Publisher: Bee Williamson
ISBN: 9780646962016
Trim size: 148 x 210 mm

In 2010 Melbourne poet Bee Williamson set herself a challenge. After publishing several slim volumes of poetry, it was time, she thought, to tackle the big issues in life: God, War, Love, Nature, Life and Madness. As a Café Poet for Australia Poetry Ltd, she’d sit down with her café latte at the cosy Pheast48 in Armadale to write a new suite of poems that would form the backbone of Torment & Soul. In this new work, which intersperses the poetry with intimate drawings of her loved ones, she shares her poetic vision of the world, speaking with her innermost voice and the voice of nature. Included in this collection are earlier poems from her student years at the VCA and other poems written during periods of mental illness. Rich in imagery and with a spiritual alchemy that draws on every faith from Sufi to Aboriginal, Torment & Soul is a visionary and sensual feast, both uplifting and challenging.

About the Author   
Bee is a poet, artist and designer. In 2011 she set up her own publishing company, Bee’s Boutique Books. Since then, she has written and designed more than ten books. These include Maribel Steel’s My Mother’s Harvest, a collection of recipes and short stories, which was launched at the Victorian Women’s Trust, and an ebook manual for Amazon by flautist Sally Hughes. Bee’s first book, The Hidden Self, was written in collaboration with poet and artist Naomi Downie and launched at Dante’s in Gertrude St. Her next book, Nature – a gift, was written during her time as Café Poet at Pheast48, as part of an Australian Poetry Ltd project. Bee spent the next five years writing and designing Torment & Soul. During this time she had poems published in Ricochet and Woman’s Word and photographs published in Poetic Christie Press’s publications, Reflecting on Melbourne and Everyday Splendour. Bee had twelve artworks published in C.R.O.P. Harvest - an anthology of new works and a drawing published in Page Seventeen journal, Issue 4. In 2015 she had her first essay published in Page Seventeen, Issue 12. Bee is also a poetry reader for Overland journal.



Name : Professor Jayashri Kulkarni
Location : Melbourne
Title : Torment & Soul
Review : "... the great book "Torment and Soul' is breathtaking!"

Name : Turiya Bruce
Location : Byron Shire
Title : Torment and Soul
Review : Bee is well qualified to express poetry and art. She comes from an esteemed lineage that originated from England. Her words are weaving wonder and rawness grappling with the stuff of life in an elegant flow. Unapologetic in her loves and deep feelings, at once ecstatically transcendent and shadow dancing in dark memoirs. You will be moved and glad to have this book in your collection.

Name : Christie
Location : Perth
Title : Hauntingly beautiful
Review : Torment & Soul is a beautifully written anthology of poems and artwork that makes the reader feel like they are fallen Into the skin of the poet. We are taken through the fragile and raw complexity of memory and contemplation of themes both personal & universal always leaving one with a sense of hope, wonder & beauty. I particularly love A Dress Dripping with Stars & And The Bird Said.

Name : Naomi
Location : Surrey Hills
Title : Torment & Soul
Review : Been drinking in your book. Saturday escaped the heat & found a cool breeze on a rooftop bar where l read ur poetry & drank water listening to folk bands play the summer sounds. Only love u more now. After l finished reading the book. I am very taken by the b&w sketches with words - very effective & appealing.. You have set a new bar for me with T&S. It is a large, full, adult work. A cannon of poetry like Ezra Pound. This is a very elegant book. It has encouraged me to respect my self more too. T&S is a seering commentary, a fierce voice crying from the dessert of our heartland. Your own poetry books have set new high standard for women poets & artists. I hope one day to reach myself. Torment & soul carried many poems l knew of yours or subjects l knew u were passionate about. But the depth of your concern for the land & indigenous people were unexpected. The joys too of moments with nature were most moving. B&W - perfect choice. I liked the colour of my Zine is was in keeping with jazz etc. But b&w leans itself to architecture of thought, reasons & ideas. Framed the poems well.

Name : Brenda
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Review : Bee Williamsons way with words is hard to discribe apart from sensitive aware and can carry you to a inner place of experiance love her work and art

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