Mike Ladd reviews 'Available Light' by Graeme Kinross-Smith

Mike Ladd reviews 'Available Light' by Graeme Kinross-Smith

Available Light

by Graeme Kinross-Smith

Whitmore Press, $24.95 pb, 115 pp, 9780987386601

Facing the first poem in Graeme Kinross-Smith’s new book Available Light is a quote from Margaret Atwood’s Negotiating with the Dead (2002): ‘The mere act of writing splits the self in two.’ When you write, not only are you a writer, but you are your own first and very present reader. Suddenly, all alone at your desk, you have company. The first section of Kinross-Smith’s book focuses not so much on the act of writing as on the split self. In poems such as ‘In my wheat-bag hood’, ‘Commas’, ‘if I be not I …’ he observes possible past selves and his future. ‘Commas’ uses the metaphor of a man skimming stones across a pool:

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Published in February 2013, no. 348
Mike Ladd

Mike Ladd

Mike Ladd lives and writes in Adelaide. He produces Poetica each week on ABC Radio National. His most recent book is Karrawirra Parri: Walking the Torrens from Source to Sea (Wakefield Press, 2012).

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