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  • By Amanda Anastasi
    In ‘2012 and other poems’ Amanda Anastasi takes us back to first contact between Europeans and Aboriginals, the wreckage of Fukushima and of Cyclone Yasi, to our own shopping centres and suburban gardens and to marvel at the ‘Saturn’s rings’ of a thousand-year-old tree. She shares with us her own wonderment of our capacity for seeing, remembering, grieving and joy. This is a collection of wide scope, a path with many turns which we can’t wait to see where it leads us next. I revel in the small, carefully crafted yet so natural phrases that say a huge amount, as in 'Suburban Gardens' where people have “conceded their English lawns for pebbles;” a reflection on changing attitudes, climate and indeed changing times. So much said in so few words. Lines like this are there for the reader to discover and relish. As a photographer I enjoy reading 'Half Past'; with “our own propaganda about ourselves.” Amanda gives us poetry with a great deal of candour, a little irony and a gentle sense of... More > humour shines through. The first two lines of 'New Year’s Day': 'At this point, I have let slip The parameters of the acceptable.' Such an ironically dignified way of saying, “I have been foolish!” Amanda also gives us poetry of her own grieving without labouring us with cliché. The Final Farewell, The 'Second Circle of Grief' and 'Eulogy' are truly beautiful poems that take us to deeply emotional places. Yes, I cried when I read these. Her enjoyment of using words (no, I shouldn’t say “using,” I should say “honouring” words) also comes out with her use of shapes made by the lines in some poems. The curving shape of 'Black Sea' reflects its subject of an oil spill. The ever-decreasing and seemingly choking lines of 'The Classroom'. The mostly single-word lines of 'City Loop Train' reminiscent of objects flashing by. In 'Poets' the word ‘boundaries’ ironically is not on the regularly accepted boundary of the end of a line. So many pleasant little surprises along the way! You don’t just read these poems, you encounter them and experience them as though you are there celebrating with Amanda as she finds different ways of expression. Here is someone who truly has a sense of wordcraft. So now we can see these poems which have been spread across the world, discovered and picked up by delighted poetry lovers, finally gathered together to be enjoyed as a collection. REVIEW BY MICHAEL REYNOLDS.< Less
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First Edition
17 April 2012
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.12 kg
Dimensions (centimetres)
15.24 wide x 22.86 tall
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