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Taking our bearings

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February 2006, no. 278

The Bone House: Essays by Beverley Farmer

Giramondo, $29.95 pb, 336 pp

Taking our bearings

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February 2006, no. 278

Slow in the writing and slow in the reading: it is so easy to drift on the tides of Beverley Farmer’s book, and also to lose your bearings. The three long essays that make up The Bone House are prose poems organised by biorhythms, it seems, rather than by any architectural design. They carry all sorts of startling images in on their tides, like the fragments the writer finds washed up on the shores: ‘A figleaf burning in a patch of sun on the path, a ribbed shell like a boat, balanced on its stalk, a crumple of brown on one side, all its freckles and veins clear in a green pool of light.’ 

Michelle Griffin reviews ‘The Bone House: Essays’ by Beverley Farmer

The Bone House: Essays

by Beverley Farmer

Giramondo, $29.95 pb, 336 pp

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