A Taste of Earth single work   short story  
Issue Details: First known date: 1987 1987
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  • Epigraph: Holding close the inert, heavy body, I bend over the head and take a deep breath, drawing into my mouth some strands of golden hair: dead hair that has a taste of earth. This taste of earth and of death, and this weight on my heart, is all I have left of you Yvonne de Galais, so ardently sought, so deeply loved...(LeGrand Meaulnes, Alain-Fournier)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

  • Appears in:
    y The Woodpecker Toy Fact and Other Stories Carmel Bird , Fitzroy Ringwood : McPhee Gribble Penguin , 1987 Z364855 1987 selected work short story To read these stories is to look into a kaleidoscope - or a peepshow where, against bright backdrops, people and their passions shift and slide with a mysterious dark daring. (Souce: back cover, 1987 edition) Fitzroy Ringwood : McPhee Gribble Penguin , 1987 pg. 12-17
  • Appears in:
    y Woodpecker Point and Other Stories Carmel Bird , New York (City) : A New Directions Book , 1988 Z284128 1988 selected work short story This collection of short stories about everyday life hint at the ominous as they skate a fine line between the mundane and the fantastic and familiar images become startling icons. (Source: Copac) New York (City) : A New Directions Book , 1988 pg. 33-37
  • Appears in:
    y The Essential Bird Carmel Bird , London Sydney : Fourth Estate , 2005 Z1190499 2005 selected work short story essay biography prose

    Enter the world of a murdered socialite, be consumed by rural madness, be ignited by the longings of an obsessive optometrist, engrossed by unorthodox book-binding, and moved by a heartbreaking meditation on the Oklahoma bombings. With its bewitching language, full of subtle harmonies and rhythms, The Essential Bird takes the reader on a voyage that delights, amazes and fascinates. Carmel Bird weaves fact, fantasy and history into a shimmering fabric of fiction that creates a world of hyper-reality both tender and profound. (Source: back cover)

    London Sydney : Fourth Estate , 2005
    pg. 31-36
Last amended 30 May 2005
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  • Launceston, Northeast Tasmania, Tasmania,
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