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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Published in October 2013, no. 355
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.