Rose Lucas reviews 'Stone Scar Air Water' by Judy Johnson

Rose Lucas reviews 'Stone Scar Air Water' by Judy Johnson

Stone Scar Air Water

by Judy Johnson

Walleah Press, $20 pb, 131 pp, 9781877010323

Judy Johnson’s sixth collection of poetry brings us a strong range of closely observed, powerful poems. As the title suggests, they are all linked together by elemental themes: the apparent solidity of stone, the persistence of scar tissue, the promises of air, and the complex gifts of water. In their often very different ways, each of the poems negotiates something of this elemental field, either in terms of an actuality of landscape and the specificity of place, in relation to particular narratives of history or as an archaeology of the emotions.

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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 October 2013 no. 355

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