The first UK publication for this major Australian poet
The selection of poems in this book, taken from Sarah Day's three published books and concluding with a substantial body of new work, reflects continuities: the eye for detail and ear for cadence; the process of distilling experience for its essentials; and the power of the image.
The early poems, notionally influenced by classic photographers such as Brandt and Cartier Bresson (in whose human and inanimate landscapes whole narratives can be extrapolated from the fleeting moment), lead on to the more wide-angled view of the later poems. In the new poems which constitute the final section of this collection, the voice is more discursive, with the idea taking precedence over the image. Indeed the concluding poem is possibly more hard-edged and political than anything that precedes it.
This is a book diffused with light and sound, full of exquisitely-crafted images from across the years and inhabiting a multitude of contrasting landscapes. It is both joyous and achingly moving, and every reading offers up new riches.
Published January 2002