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Janet Upcher

Janet Upcher reviews 'Esperance: New and selected poems' by Caroline Caddy

September 2007, no. 294 01 September 2007
The eponymous poem in Caroline Caddy’s latest collection Esperance captures a breathtaking glimpse of a bay on the Western Australian coast. Immediacy epitomises Caddy’s poetic gift. In deft strokes, she provides a vivid land/seascape, compressing an astute reflection on history, geography, and humanity’s irrepressible need to explore beyond known boundaries. The language is physical and sen ... (read more)

Janet Upcher reviews 'Uplands' by Louise Crisp

July–August 2007, no. 293 01 July 2007
Ecopoetics is tricky terrain which, in these poems of ‘forest and water’, Louise Crisp encounters sometimes with agility, sometimes faltering. Perhaps that’s intended. The cumulative effect of this collection is one of an overland trek, gradually ascending from ‘poisonous lowlands’ to the harsher, restorative air of ‘uplands’. ... (read more)