Jill Jones reviews 'Everywhere I Look' by Helen Garner

Jill Jones reviews 'Everywhere I Look' by Helen Garner

Everywhere I Look

by Helen Garner

Text Publishing $29.99 pb, 229 pp, 9781925355369

You could regard this latest book by Helen Garner as simply a collection of various essays, a miscellany if you wish, but to do so would be to give it less than its due. There is nothing casual or accidental about Everywhere I Look. Its coherence may, of course, have much to do with Garner's voice, which is consistent and compelling, as is her actual writing style: those sentences that either build detail on detail or present themselves as arguments, hinged on the crucial word 'but', plus the feeling she offers of being so completely present in her work.

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Published in May 2016, no. 381
Jill Jones

Jill Jones

Jill Jones has published nine full-length books of poetry including Breaking the Days (2015), The Beautiful Anxiety (2014), which won the 2015 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Poetry, and Ash is Here, So are Stars (2012). Her work is represented in major anthologies including the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature and The Penguin Anthology of Australian Poetry. She is a member of the J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice, University of Adelaide. She was poet-in-residence at Stockholm University for five months in 2014-15.