Richard James Allen

Alice Allan Reviews Nola Firth, Richard James Allen, Liz McQuilkin, Sandra Thibodeaux, and Wendy Fleming

Whether new or established, it’s part of a poet’s work to ask: How far can my words go; how much can they capture; where are their limits? The five Australian poets reviewed here each have their own methods of asking these questions. As a reader and writer of poetry I’ve learned a lot from the sometimes quiet, sometimes bold and always courageous ways they’ve answered them.

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Interior World

She is singing Stormy Weather in my interior world. How did she get in there with that ancient fathomless voice? Has she always been there, crooning one song or another? Maybe it’s not even my interior world, but hers. Or …

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