'Palace of Culture' by Ania Walwicz

'Palace of Culture' by Ania Walwicz

Palace of Culture

by Ania Walwicz

Puncher & Wattmann, $25 pb, 110 pp, 9781922186508

Reading the poetry of Ania Walwicz is a little like being drawn into a trance: the density of the prose-like lines; the disorientation of the lack of punctuation; the repetition of certain words, phrases, alliterations. It is not a poetry that can be read in short bursts. Each poem is a commitment to a vision, to a mind-space explicitly shaped by the intensity and demand of Walwicz’s language. Having burst into Australian poetry with her ‘Polish accented’ voice more than thirty years ago, troubling the dominant Anglocentric view of Australian culture, Walwicz’s poetic still works to startle a reader from her comfort zone and to disrupt her expectations about what poetry is and can be.

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Published in November 2014, no. 366
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.

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