Lyn Jacobs

Lyn Jacobs taught in the English Department of Flinders University in South Australia.

Lyn Jacobs reviews 'The Seal Woman' by Beverley Farmer

September 1992, no. 144 01 September 1992
Lyn Jacobs reviews 'The Seal Woman' by Beverley Farmer
This is an elegant and satisfying novel. Like fine food, good sex, lasting relationships, and memorable music, it takes time to develop and the artistry that sustains it is understated and deceptive. It is, however, memorable. There is the instant gratification of Farmer’s delicate but sensuous prose and a finely woven narrative about a Danish woman, Dagmar, who is ‘over-wintering’ in Austra ... (read more)

Lyn Jacobs reviews 'Singles: Shorter works 1981–1986' by John A. Scott

August 1989, no. 113 01 August 1989
Lyn Jacobs reviews 'Singles: Shorter works 1981–1986' by John A. Scott
This is John A. Scott’s sixth collection of poems since 1975. The volume is slim but not thin. Each poem encompasses its observation, reflection, or moment from which departures are measured, as the positives and negatives of ‘delicious solitude’ are weighed. Amid urban blues, bar-speak, team games and the distorting foci of others’ projections, the ‘predicate adjective alone’ evokes e ... (read more)

Lyn Jacobs reviews 'Excavation' by Gig Ryan

November 1990, no. 126 01 November 1990
Lyn Jacobs reviews 'Excavation' by Gig Ryan
This is a distinctive and unsettling voice, one that doesn’t have time for overly polite concessions to our finer feelings. You either keep pace (and it’s compelling) or stand aside as the spadework gets done. Reading this poetry, we are involved in an unearthing of past events and made witness to the laying bare of personal response. But there’s nothing self-indulgent or hollow about Gig Ry ... (read more)

Lyn Jacobs reviews 'Blue Notes' by Laurie Duggan

December 1990–January 1991, no. 127 01 December 1990
Lyn Jacobs reviews 'Blue Notes' by Laurie Duggan
This collection of poetry is similarly accommodating. It is shaped by four quite different tonal movements: ‘All Blues’ (eight lyrics closely observing the ‘still life’ within season, art-work, society and self), ‘Trans-Europe Express’ (a travelogue of past times and places where conscious reflection momentarily counters the movement and cross-currents of historical process), ‘Dogs ... (read more)