Sandra Thibodeaux

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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Graceless, Even with Wings

Three wild horses punish the dust. A butterfly waits for glass to become a rumour. Once again, I am incapable of tucking my heart in. It will kick up, reckless and flying, beating its wings at cold luck, losing grace. …

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