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Shards of meaning

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November 2009, no. 316

Apples With Human Skin by Nathan Shepherdson

University of Queensland Press, $24.95 pb, 153 pp

Shards of meaning

by
November 2009, no. 316

Apples with Human Skin is a collection of taut but detached poems. Well crafted, with superb use of diction coupled with tight and inventive forms, the poems remain, however, unrelated to anything in modern-day usage or consciousness. There is a coolness to the writing which can become relentless. Imagery and line structure are evocative and precise, and Shepherdson successfully invents a minimalist syntax in each of the longer chaptered poems. There are also shards of social comment hidden amongst the granite-like structures.

Kevin Gillam reviews 'Apples With Human Skin' by Nathan Shepherdson

Apples With Human Skin

by Nathan Shepherdson

University of Queensland Press, $24.95 pb, 153 pp

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