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December 2007–January 2008, no. 297
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Transit by Mike Ladd

Five Islands Press, $21.95 pb, 64 pp (with CD)

Less pay, better work

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December 2007–January 2008, no. 297

In his poem ‘Reunion’, Mike Ladd takes us back to his old school in Adelaide. Three stanzas recapitulate the journey before another four talk us through the fate of the poet’s former schoolmates. Some of these outcomes are predictably neat: ‘How the wild girl became a matron, / and the prim one, a single mum, at seventeen.’ The ‘cop’s son’ ‘was shot dead in Afghanistan, / a mercenary, picked off by sniper fire’, while ‘the thin and gormless one / made a fortune dealing stocks’. All this and more is prelude to the finale:

Adrian Caesar reviews 'Transit' by Mike Ladd

Transit

by Mike Ladd

Five Islands Press, $21.95 pb, 64 pp (with CD)

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