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.
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.
From the New Issue
Genius and Anxiety: How Jews changed the world, 1847–1947 by Norman LebrechtReviewed by Tali Lavi
The Bird Way: A new look at how birds talk, work, play, parent, and think by Jennifer AckermanReviewed by Simon Caterson