Rose Lucas reviews 'The Wing Collection: New and Selected Poems' by Diane Fahey

The Wing Collection: New and Selected Poems

by Diane Fahey

Puncher & Wattmann, $28 pb, 248 pp, 9781921450259

Over nearly thirty years and ten books, Diane Fahey has made a significant contribution to Australian poetry. The Wing Collection, from Puncher & Wattmann, showcases a wonderful array of her work. This generous collection offers a rich journey through Fahey’s key images and the recurring preoccupations that have made her work so distinctive. The six sections of this book have been grouped in order to highlight poems of similar style or intent, drawn from a number of published collections or introducing new work. However, the central image of the ‘wing’ pervades all six sections; whether it is the wings of birds or angels, or the uplift of wind on a beach, or the imagination’s trajectory of flight, Fahey’s work takes the reader into a sphere of in-betweenness, a potentially ecstatic space which offers passage between the known and the unknown, from the finitude of the image to the limitless sky.

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Rose Lucas

Rose Lucas

Rose Lucas is a Melbourne poet and academic. Her first collection, Even in the Dark (UWAP 2013) won the Mary Gilmore Award; her second collection was Unexpected Clearing (UWAP 2016. She is currently completing her third collection, This Shuttered Eye. She teaches in Graduate Research at Victoria University where she also supervises in creative writing and literary studies.

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