Francesca Sasnaitis reviews 'The World Was Whole' by Fiona Wright

Francesca Sasnaitis reviews 'The World Was Whole' by Fiona Wright

The World Was Whole

by Fiona Wright

Giramondo, $29.95 pb, 256 pp, 9781925336979

For a homeless person, home is the street and the moveable blanket or bedroll. Ultimately, the only home remaining is the body. Fiona Wright is not homeless, she has been un-homed by her body’s betrayal. Whether she can ever feel that she fits again is the primary theme of her second collection of essays, The World Was Whole. That her body was once fitting and knowable, that the world was once whole, is suggested by the title, which comes from Louise Glück’s poem ‘Aubade’:

A room with a chair, a window.
A small window, filled with the patterns
light makes.
In its emptiness the world

was whole always, not
a chip of something, with
the self at the centre.

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Francesca Sasnaitis

Francesca Sasnaitis

Francesca Sasnaitis is a PhD candidate in Creative Writing at the University of Western Australia and has recently completed her first novel, Summerlands, which is partially based on her family’s experience of World War II. 

Published in October 2018, no. 405

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