Riverfire single work   poetry   "The last of the sun cleaves the haze over Toowong"
Issue Details: First known date: 2006 2006
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  • Appears in:
    y The Australian Literary Review ALR vol. 1 no. 1 September 2006 Z1305176 2006 periodical issue 2006 pg. 28
  • Appears in:
    y Jacket no. 33 October Pamela Brown (editor), 2007 Z1526536 2007 periodical issue 2007
  • Appears in:
    y Surface to Air Jaya Savige , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2011 Z1802846 2011 selected work poetry 'Surface to Air, evolving over a period of five years from 2006 to 2011, is an impressive follow-up to Savige's extremely successful debut Latecomers. It charts Jaya's various poetic influences during this period, which have included David Malouf, Peter Porter, Les Murray and Giuseppe Ungaretti.

    'While many of the poems in latecomers, concerned the history and landscape of Bribie Island, where Savige grew up, this collection is about leaving the island and as such, it signals a departure from Latecomers.

    'The title, Surface to Air, conveys the central themes of the collection, which include: the archaeological exposure of history, both personal and cultural, to the present; the struggle for literal inspiration, (a title of one of the poems) in contemporary life, with issues ranging from consumerism to personal grievance and loss; the ubiquity of violence, and the relationship between actual violence and the simulacrum of violence and war (connoted by the phrase "surface-to-air missile"); among others. It is also an invitation to be mindful of the surface effects of language.' (From the publisher's website.)
    St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2011
    pg. 70-75
    Note: With first line: One of those nights that runs its thumb along
Last amended 4 Mar 2013
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