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Rose Lucas

Rose Lucas

Rose Lucas lives and works on unceded Wurundjeri Country. She is a poet, critic and academic at Victoria University, Melbourne/Naarm; her most recent collection is Increments of the Everyday (Puncher and Wattmann, 2022). She is founding editor at Liquid Amber Press.

Rose Lucas reviews 'The Mothers' by Rod Jones

June-July 2015, no. 372 28 May 2015
Rod Jones’s new novel, The Mothers, works on a number of levels. It provides a social and familial history of life in Melbourne’s working-class suburbs throughout the twentieth century while also telling the often moving stories of individuals connected across generations, usually mothers and children, battling to survive in adverse circumstances. The novel gives us a rich panoply of characte ... (read more)

Rose Lucas reviews 'Palace of Culture' by Ania Walwicz

November 2014, no. 366 01 November 2014
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. H ... (read more)

Rose Lucas reviews 'Kin' by Anne Elvey

September 2014, no. 364 01 September 2014
Kin, Anne Elvey’s first full collection of poetry, brings together a wide range of poems full of light and the acuity of close attention. These poems focus on a world of inter-relationships where tree and water, creature and human, air and breathing, coexist – suggestive of an underlying philo-sophy of humility and acceptance. This is a world which envisions at least the potential of balance a ... (read more)

Rose Lucas reviews 'Claustrophobia' by Tracy Ryan

August 2014, no. 363 01 August 2014
The prolific Tracy Ryan’s new novel, Claustrophobia, is a smart and fast-paced hurtle through lust, obsession, and stultifying patterns of dependency and self-delusion. Written in a low-key, ironic style, Ryan borrows from tropes of crime fiction, in particular the novels of Patricia Highsmith, as well as the double-crossing figure of the femme fatale, to tell the story of Pen, a seemingly ordin ... (read more)

Rose Lucas reviews 'Workshopping the Heart: New and selected poems' by Jeri Kroll

August 2014, no. 363 01 August 2014
In Workshopping the Heart, Jeri Kroll brings us a feast of poetry: selections from her seven previous collections, poems from 2005 to 2012, and excerpts from her forthcoming verse novel, Vanishing Point. From 1982 to the present we are able to witness an evolution towards a mature poetic voice as Kroll negotiates her way through life’s various traverses and the poetic explorations that both desc ... (read more)

Rose Lucas reviews 'Stone Scar Air Water' by Judy Johnson

October 2013, no. 355 27 September 2013
Judy Johnson’s sixth collection of poetry brings us a strong range of closely observed, powerful poems. As the title suggests, they are all linked together by elemental themes: the apparent solidity of stone, the persistence of scar tissue, the promises of air, and the complex gifts of water. In their often very different ways, each of the poems negotiates something of this elemental field, eith ... (read more)

Rose Lucas reviews 'Ladylike' by Kate Lilley

June 2012, no. 342 22 May 2012
Like all good titles, Kate Lilley’s Ladylike offers the reader a coded and evocative entrée into her new collection. These poems are concerned with exposing and critiquing some of the expectations of femininity, of being ladylike, as found in the past and the present, in contemporary cultures such as the cinema and in the discourses of the academy. The idea of ‘liking ladies’ is also centra ... (read more)

Rose Lucas reviews 'Knuckled' by Fiona Wright

February 2012, no. 338 20 January 2012
Knuckled, poet and editor Fiona Wright’s highly anticipated first collection, arrives with an assuredness of style and voice that augurs well for Australian poetry. The overarching idea of ‘knuckles’ – of being knuckled, of beating knuckles, of the working joints of bare hands, even the throwing of knuckles in a game of chance – gives us a strong clue to the collection’s main themes. T ... (read more)

Rose Lucas reviews 'The Wing Collection: New and Selected Poems' by Diane Fahey

December 2011–January 2012, no. 337 24 November 2011
Over nearly thirty years and ten books, Diane Fahey has made a significant contribution to Australian poetry. The Wing Collection, from Puncher & Wattmann, showcases a wonderful array of her work. This generous collection offers a rich journey through Fahey’s key images and the recurring preoccupations that have made her work so distinctive. The six sections of this book have been grouped in ... (read more)
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