Soft Left single work   poetry   "The four-inch nail"
Is part of Time Ships Jan Owen 2002 sequence poetry
  • Author: Jan Owen
Issue Details: First known date: 2002 2002
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The sculpture appears to include an empty 'soft' left shoe and a four inch nail. The poem contrasts the brutality and reductiveness of the nail with the shoe, as a symbol of 'driving a point home,' that has 'left' naked feet showing everywhere in the 'poorly repaired' past constructed by history.


  • Epigraph : after a sculpture by Anne Neil

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

  • Appears in:
    y Timedancing Jan Owen , Wollongong : Five Islands Press , 2002 Z1002721 2002 selected work poetry Wollongong : Five Islands Press , 2002 pg. 53
  • Appears in:
    y Poems : 1980-2008 Jan Owen , Elwood : John Leonard Press , 2008 Z1526900 2008 selected work poetry Elwood : John Leonard Press , 2008 pg. 196
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