Judith Beveridge is one of Australia's finest poets and this book demonstrates why she has attained such an illustrious reputation. Each poem is so finely crafted that content and craft are held in pure tension and also in pure harmony. The middle section of the book, "Between the Palace and the Bodhi Tree" follows the journey of Siddhattha Gautama before he becomes The Buddha. It is a masterpiece of restraint, meditation and imagery. Beveridge is supremely adept at finding the objective correlative for specific states of mind. She gives us a poetry rich in imagery, yet also rich in suggestion and implication. Wise, assured - hers is a voice to match the best of any poet writing in English today. Her use of form and lineation are masterful.