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Flames in the open

Paperback, 48 pages, A5 format. Published by G.P. Martin Publishing, 2007.
ISBN 978 0 9804045 1 7

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In a few words.....

This is a collection of poems and personal stories spanning 20+ years, moving from Sydney to the bush. The personal stories explore the circumstances that gave rise to the poems.

The author talks about the book.....

I had this collection of poems sitting in a box for many years, until circumstances and technology allowed me to produce the collection in book form. In working with the poems, I started to remember things about the time when each was written, and so I wrote anecdotes about some of the poems.

Emotionally the poems span my experiences of claustrophobia growing up in suburban Sydney, my move to the country as a young man, and my back-to-the-earth zeal, and the rich turmoil of relationships.

From the back page:

Stories, statements, songs about moments and years passing. Changes, change. Sometimes the truth is in the fire, and you sit before it with bare hands. Are you going to retrieve it? You must. You do. And therefore the years shine. And maybe you are burned a little. But you have no apologies to make. So be it.

Poems spanning twenty-plus years, from Sydney to the bush, and an unlikely measure of peace and strength spun out of the harsh, the oppressive, the small and the exalted. The fire is in the open, but the breeze is kind.