Fiona Wright: Knuckled

Dream. Drive. Drizzle.

Rose Lucas

 

Knuckled
by Fiona Wright
Giramondo, $24 pb, 92 pp, 9781920882754

 

Knuckled, poet and editor Fiona Wright’s highly anticipated first collection, arrives with an assuredness of style and voice that augurs well for Australian poetry. The overarching idea of ‘knuckles’ – of being knuckled, of beating knuckles, of the working joints of bare hands, even the throwing of knuckles in a game of chance – gives us a strong clue to the collection’s main themes. These fluent and highly evocative poems bring a sharply observed, sometimes bruised, sometimes raw and violent sense of the worlds they document. The poet as watcher and as reflector of such images is a robust filter through which to moderate the world of perception, and yet is inevitably precarious in the face of the onslaught from outside; of the intrusion of otherness into the vulnerable sanctuary of the self.

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Rose Lucas

Rose Lucas

Rose Lucas is Melbourne poet, critic and academic. She works at Victoria University and her next poetry collection, Unexpected Clearing (UWAP), is due out in February 2016.

Published in February 2012 no. 338

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