Tell Me, Is the Rose Naked / or Is That Her Only Dress? single work   poetry   "When his skin split"
Issue Details: First known date: 2006 2006
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    y A Bud Claire Gaskin , Elwood : John Leonard Press , 2006 Z1323896 2006 selected work poetry

    'These poems are spare, in the tradition of imagism, from haiku through to surrealism and since; and they are oblique, worked between logic and illogic.

    'The voice, among this, is lucid to hear. It is playful and wise; its reflections take the daily things and emotions, with a background of rural Victoria in some of the imagery; and its rhythms feel fresh to a syllable.

    'There is no modish nervousness towards language's impotence. Claire Gaskin, in a style that she formed by the mid-eighties, keeps a modernist confidence in expressiveness. The poems here have been matured from two to twenty years, with an artist's instinct not to hurry. The words seem incised on the page for a long term.

    'A bud was shortlisted for the John Bray Prize in the 2008 Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature.' (Publication summary)

    Elwood : John Leonard Press , 2006
    pg. 64
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