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Attempts at Being (Salt Modern Poets) [Paperback]

Alison Croggon

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Often shifting and allusive, her poems can convey the ‘strangeness of dream’.… The ‘stubborn voice’ is restless, impatient, exploratory – attuned to bedrock reality. Poems are often carried forward by sheer rhythmical energy and, if the nature of the anguish that often informs them can be hard to pin down, it’s because anguish is seen as the price of being alive.… She can slip in and out of styles as readily as an amphibian slips from land to water. (Australian Book Review)

This is a poetry of changes, dissolvings, transformations, fluidity between inside and out, between people and nature.… Other starting points are the poetic tradition and musical forms – the ways that art works, what it can articulate and fail to articulate, the inexpressible, white space and silences, unfaithful translations. (New England Review)

Alison Croggon … is one of the most assured of a new generation of Australian poets. (A Reader’s Guide to Contemporary Australian Poetry)

About the Author

Alison Croggon is an award-winning poet, novelist and critic who lives in Melbourne, Australia. She has published four full poetry collections and several chapbooks, and her theatre texts and libretti have been performed at major festivals around Australia. She is Melbourne theatre critic for the Australian and She is also the author of the epic fantasy series, The Books of Pellinor, which has been published to critical and popular acclaim in the UK, the US, Germany and Australia.

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You became a dark earth on the back
of a real sun, which blazed in credulous eyes.
When you shot the lamb, its bleat
festered like a splinter.
At 3am the lights throbbed like veins
on dark men who staggered out of clubs
smelling of starvation.
You knew them all, the shout, the fist, the eyes
like stale urine. You went inside.
A woman lay bound and gagged on a table.
You took out your wounds and laid them beside her.
She kept breathing, staring straight ahead.
At last you remembered the sun, its whiteness,
the clarity of steel.
You left her there, familiar at last, and your hands
smelt of sweet acid. It was dawn again.
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