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joanne burns: amphora

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September 2011, no. 334

joanne burns: amphora

Reviewed by
September 2011, no. 334

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Rose Lucas

 

amphora
by joanne burns
Giramondo, $24.95 pb, 136 pp, 9781920882631

 

joanne burns has long been a force in Australian poetry. amphora, her thirteenth collection, builds on that legacy with the energy and vital idiosyncrasy with which readers have come to associate her work. The collection’s title – one of the sections of poetry – gives us a clue as to what we will find here. burns offers her reader an amphora, and thereby casts her book as a beautiful jar brimming with words and insights, stories from the past, sustenance for the present. William Carlos
Williams wrote, ‘… men die miserably every day / for lack of what is found [in poems].’ Drink deeply, amphora urges us, because poetry contains the very stuff of life.

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