Old/New World: New & selected poems by Peter Skrzynecki

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November 2007, no. 296

Old/New World: New & selected poems by Peter Skrzynecki

UQP, $26.95 pb, 350 pp, 9780702235863

Old/New World: New & selected poems by Peter Skrzynecki

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November 2007, no. 296

Peter Skrzynecki’s substantial Old/New World comprises selected work from his eight previous collections plus a new collection. From it we could extract his autobiography. We find the youthful son of Polish migrants; his growing awareness of his migrant ‘otherness’; his employment as a teacher in New England; the birth of his first child; the ageing and death of his parents; his passage through middle age and growing sense of his own mortality. Halfway through, ‘Letters from New England’ posits the poet as ‘the stranger from Europe’ – a surrogate title for this often moving compilation. Skrzynecki’s Polish parents came to Australia from Germany in 1949, and exile, for their four-year-old son, would be a recurring theme.

Anthony Lynch reviews 'Old/New World: New & selected poems' by Peter Skrzynecki

Old/New World: New & selected poems

by Peter Skrzynecki

UQP, $26.95 pb, 350 pp, 9780702235863

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