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'The decades in the making of The Blue Decodes have paid off. at the level of the book, it is a model of organisation; at the level of the poem, of balancing language, image, and of positive with negative affect in the lyric. There’s a sense of acceptance of the mundane in these poems, rather than that of a cleansed artifact (editing’s danger). In the book’s early poems, Lewis’s voicing modulates interior melodrama in modernist fashion: but perhaps more like Woolf than eliot. hints of religious desperation resemble similar phrasings by Emma Lew. There are some nice syntactic touches, too: “that you shelter, take in” (Vanguard); “where we don’t keep birds, God’s aviary” (in the Aviary). These are poems of mood and meditation. both back cover blurbers use the word “subtle.” The poems can seem expressionist, as if Lewis is designing a series of allegorical rooms.' (Introduction)

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    y separately published work icon Southerly The Long Apprenticeship vol. 77 no. 2 2017 12910210 2017 periodical issue

     'This issue of Southerly captures a snapshot of Australian writing today. Stories from writers just starting out on their long apprenticeship are placed side-by-side work from Australia’s finest essayists, writers and poets. This rich and expansive issue asks what it means to write in a contemporary Australia fraught with inequality, divisiveness, and the unrelenting exploitation of country. In a special collaboration with Sydney Story Factory, which runs workshops for young and marginalised writers, this issue of Southerly includes short stories that demonstrate the vibrancy and the vision of Australia’s up-and-coming writers. Including essays from Caroline Lefevre and John Kinsella, poetry from Kevin Hart, and much, much more, ‘The Long Apprenticeship’, is an issue comprising, as ever, the best in Australian writing.' (Editorial)


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