Petra White

Petra White grew up in Adelaide. In 2008 she was Fellow of Hawthornden Castle International Retreat for Writers, completing a five-week residency. She is currently completing a Master of Public Policy and Management at the University of Melbourne. White's second collection, The Simplified World (2010), was the joint winner of the Grace Leven Prize for Poetry. Her work has appeared in the anthology Take Five (Shoestring Press 2008, UK), The Age, Melbourne, and other anthologies and periodicals. Petra White is a founding co-editor of the So Long Bulletin, a blog on Australian poetry and criticism.

Petra White Reviews Martin Harrison

Many years ago, as a young fruit-picker, I carried Martin Harrison’s The Kangaroo Farm around with me for a week. I was camping on the Murray in Cobram, and struck by Harrison’s vivid evocations of the landscapes like the one in which I was sleeping on rocks. His sense of light, the gristliness of things, the sounds, the movement of kingfishers. It was a world made up of particular details, of things attempted to be seen as they are, rather than being embroidered into any overarching narrative or self-proclaiming poetic. Harrison had a kind of honesty and closeness to things that I hadn’t yet seen in my early days of reading Australian poetry.

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Impian Tentang Kerja | A Dream of Work

Impian Tentang Kerja Tengkorak kita yang tersesat saling mengitari geloyor lapisan lemak dalam cahaya lampu kantor yang meredamkan cahaya. Kita di sini demi ada di sini, senantiasa siap sedia. Kerja yang membara keterdesakan yang tak begitu mendesak – suara-suara manusia …

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