This beautifully designed pamphlet contains twenty-three poems selected from Paul Kane’s three previous books: The Farther Shore (1990), Drowned Lands (2000) and Work Life (2007). It is subtitled “Australian Poems” and chooses those poems from the books directly relevant to Australia, though it does omit two of an Australian suite from the first book. This immediately arouses, of course, a host of issues…is Kane a kind of cultural hybrid? Which cultures hybridize best with Australian? What component of Kane’s poetic sensibility is Australian? Is this reflected in the poems “set” in Australia or might it be seen to better advantage in certain of the “American” poems? We are into “Only an Australian could have written An Imaginary Life” territory here.

Words by HotDots     Image by Mascara Review

Posted by:romulusgaita

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