Adulterer's Bible, The
Winner - New Zealand Society of Authors Jessie Mackay Best First Book Award for Poetry, 2004 Montana New Zealand Book Awards
Fell was described by the judges as a writer with a big career ahead of him. They said this was an outstanding first book that demanded to be considered as one of the best poetry books of the year.
THE ADULTERERS BIBLE is a wickedly entertaining collection of poems from one of the most distinctive new voices in New Zealand writing.
From autobiographical lyrics like The Adulterer Becomes a Roadie for the Clash and Thinks About Sleeping with their Girlfriends; to the long poem Ophelia, about the tender love between an adolescent boy and an orangutan; to the reconstructed writings of Nelson legend Fidel Serif; this book will surprise and delight.
Im learning to lie because lies are made of gold
and when they roll off my tongue I feel like a rich man.
And every tongue my tongue touches turns to gold
like Im the King Midas of French kissing.
Come, my love, lets spend it while we can
before you see who I really am:
the small man who stamps his feet on the floor,
tongue-tied when his name turns the gold to straw.