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Picnic by Fay Zwicky

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February 2007, no. 288

Picnic by Fay Zwicky

Giramondo, $22 pb, 80 pp

Picnic by Fay Zwicky

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February 2007, no. 288

Picnic is probably Fay Zwicky’s most confident collection. In it she renounces certain kinds of brilliance for a freer and more open style of poetry – what she calls in one poem ‘the grace of candour’. It is a style that approximates moral qualities: honesty, direct ness, kindness to strangers. And it is in fact such moral qualities that give force to this collection. Take the title poem, which starts: ‘On a green sweep of Kings Park grass / dappled with late summer shadow / I joined a picnic with Afghani refugees …’ From this anecdotal beginning, Zwicky works a meditation on what it means to be an outsider:

Lisa Gorton reviews 'Picnic' by Fay Zwicky

Picnic

by Fay Zwicky

Giramondo, $22 pb, 80 pp

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