Set single work   short story  
Issue Details: First known date: 1997 1997
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    y Black Sea David Brooks , St Leonards : Allen and Unwin , 1997 Z408316 1997 selected work short story

    'Exhaustion. and then, after exhaustion, light, creeping in, and with it fear, thought, calculation, that drowning in consciousness. I reach for her, or she me, sometimes violently, hands pulling, digging into flesh, dragging us back. As if that were a precipice, and one of us had nearly fallen.'

    'A couple go into a room and will not come out until something—everything—is finished. A man sees in a famous painting something the artist has tried to erase, and which he pursues, like a clue to his own being, from gallery to gallery, story to story. David Brooks's previous books have established him as one of Australia's finest, most challenging writers. The imagination and eroticism of those books are here at new levels. From the haunting encounters of a sea captain in the eighteenth century to a vast Map Room in the twentieth, or the strange encodings in an asylum in the south of France, these are his most polished, elegant, and at times most disturbing stories so far.' (Publication summary)

    St Leonards : Allen and Unwin , 1997
    pg. 121-130

Works about this Work

The 'I' of My Poems : The Poet and the Poetic Self in David Brooks' Poetry Phillip A Ellis , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Explorations In Australian Poetry 2010; (p. 101-112)
'Phillip A. Ellis' essay 'studies how David Brooks has developed the use of a poetic self in his poetry. It sees some of its strategies that the poet uses with the poetic 'I', and also sees how the poetic 'I' becomes constructed as part of a universalised self, arising out of the details of the poet so that we understand more about that difference between the poet and the poetic 'I' than taking it as a self-evident, and unreflected truism.' (ix-x)
The 'I' of My Poems : The Poet and the Poetic Self in David Brooks' Poetry Phillip A Ellis , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Explorations In Australian Poetry 2010; (p. 101-112)
'Phillip A. Ellis' essay 'studies how David Brooks has developed the use of a poetic self in his poetry. It sees some of its strategies that the poet uses with the poetic 'I', and also sees how the poetic 'I' becomes constructed as part of a universalised self, arising out of the details of the poet so that we understand more about that difference between the poet and the poetic 'I' than taking it as a self-evident, and unreflected truism.' (ix-x)
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