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Children’s Games by Geoffrey Lehmann & The House of Vitriol by Peter Rose

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November 1990, no. 126
Philip Salom reviews 'Children’s Games' by Geoffrey Lehmann and 'The House of Vitriol' by Peter Rose

Children’s Games

by Geoffrey Lehmann

Angus & Robertson, $12.99 pb, 64 pp

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The House of Vitriol

by Peter Rose

Picador, $12.99 pb, 117 pp

Children’s Games by Geoffrey Lehmann & The House of Vitriol by Peter Rose

Reviewed by
November 1990, no. 126

The ranking of books at the head of reviews often irritates me. So here let’s have it easy: age before beauty! Geoffrey Lehmanns’s collection is written in a style meditative at times and ranging in subject matter only very slightly; it is most frequently an intelligent description of a family after marriage breakdown. He delineates the daily routines, the moments of clarity and the emotional isolation family separation can bring.

The first poem is rhythmic and a delight. We get his warmth and humour straight off and the deep sense of the duty of parents, more intensified when there is only one:

I have held what I hoped would become the best minds of a generation
over the gutter outside an Italian coffee shop watching the small
warm urine splatter on the asphalt …

Philip Salom reviews 'Children’s Games' by Geoffrey Lehmann and 'The House of Vitriol' by Peter Rose

Children’s Games

by Geoffrey Lehmann

Angus & Robertson, $12.99 pb, 64 pp

Book Cover 2 Small

The House of Vitriol

by Peter Rose

Picador, $12.99 pb, 117 pp

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