By Rosanna Licari
Choked with beautiful lyrical and narrative poems, this thought-provoking assortment explores a number of topics, together with the feel of belonging, the human , kinfolk, being a stranger, love and hope, and beginnings and endings. Divided into 3 sections delineating the author's preoccupations along with her relations historical past in Europe, youth, and the purchase and processing of expertise, this compilation—inspired by way of the poet’s mom, Sofia, who's the topic of a number of works—also bargains perception into existence after immigration to Australia.
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The sailors catch rays, and as he watches the men cut away the fins his thought is to call the bay, Stingray Harbour. indd 27 28/04/10 3:34 PM Snapshots of Father 1. morning caffelatte After he’s back from the chicken run, tap water melts the cold from his fingers. He pours coffee from the percolator into the milk just before it boils. Father makes a cup for himself then leaves the rest in the saucepan for us. Crossword puzzle in his pocket, he cycles to work in his beret and overalls. 2. in the laundry ‘You can’t keep these,’ he says, dabbing the wound with water and disinfectant then putting the sparrow back in the shoe box.
She returned with the news that before he read it, he took it by the corner and said let the grease drip off. I said nothing about him saying it or her telling me. Nothing. Mother still tells me she regrets not putting an extra ‘s’ in my name. As if Rosanna wasn’t different enough. indd 44 28/04/10 3:34 PM Offerings My mother gives me a stiff look then mouths say you like them as her friend pulls the hand-me-downs out of the plastic bag: skirts hang over the knees necklines clutch at the throat, no boots or red bags, only stitched, zipped, buttoned cloth that hems my body, and my posture spells ingratitude to Mother.
To collect you have to understand knowing. To know: to acquaint, to experience. What can be named, can outgrow fear. To collect you have to understand regeneration. To regenerate: to renew, to rebirth. Life ignites through endings. indd 30 28/04/10 3:34 PM 2. banksia serrata Our collection of Plants was now grown so immensly large that it was necessary that some extrordinary care should be taken of them least they should spoil in the books. I therefore devoted this day to that business and carried all the drying paper, near 200 Quires of which the larger part was full, ashore and spreading them upon a sail in the sun kept them in this manner exposd the whole day, often turning them and sometimes turning the Quires in which were plants inside outâ•¯–â•¯Sir Joseph Banks, 3 May 1770, Botany Bay The sailmaker gives Banks and Parkinson a sceptical look as a group of sailors spreads a perfectly good piece of canvas on the sand.