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November 2011, no. 336

Surface to Air by Jaya Savige

University of Queensland Press, $24.95 pb, 96 pp

Enclave of images

by
November 2011, no. 336

Jaya Savige’s first book, latecomers (2005), was an impressive début and won the New South Wales Kenneth Slessor Award for Poetry in 2006. Surface to Air is a more varied, equally impressive, volume. Savige meditates on the poet Tasso’s oak tree (inspired by Peter Porter’s ‘Tasso’s Oak’), a survivor of Hiroshima, the Big Brother television show, and, as this book’s epigraph by W.S. Merwin might predict, the loss of an uncontaminated natural world, or Eden: ‘kneel by the sky-blue bic that nests / in the shallow bowels of an albatross carcass’ (‘Recycling Night’).

Gig Ryan reviews 'Surface to Air' by Jaya Savige

Surface to Air

by Jaya Savige

University of Queensland Press, $24.95 pb, 96 pp

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