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  • Author:agent Sarah Day http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/day-sarah
Issue Details: First known date: 2018... 2018 Towards Light and Other Poems
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'Light, as a physical and metaphorical entity recurs in many of the poems in this new collection by Sarah Day. Light makes its presence felt in these poems as a source of illumination and grace, it is also the means by which the flaws and discrepancies of the present and past are highlighted.' (Publication summary)

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    • Glebe, Glebe - Leichhardt - Balmain area, Sydney Inner West, Sydney, New South Wales,: Puncher and Wattmann , 2018 .
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      Extent: 108p.
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      • Published: 1st April 2018
         

      ISBN: 9781925780024

Works about this Work

Sarah Day : Towards Light and Other Poems Martin Duwell , 2019 single work essay
— Appears in: Australian Poetry Review , no. 14 2019;

'Sarah Day’s previous book, Tempo, was loosely concerned, as its title suggests, with time not as an overarching or structuring theme but rather as topic or perspective that recurred in what might have, otherwise, looked like quite different poems. There are plenty of poems about time in this new book, Towards Light, but the most important theme seems to be the issue of wholeness and its counterpart, dissolution, especially expressed in the opposition of light and dark. The last section is devoted to a particularly painful and personal experience of dissolution in her mother’s experience of Parkinsonism and her eventual death. The poems here are never a mere list of horrors but are always clear-eyed and analytical: the entire section reflects this in its title, “The Grammar of Undoing”. It’s tempting to see it as a theme subtly announced in the first two poems of the first section of the book: “Fe” (whose title is the chemical symbol for iron) is about the movement of Magnetic North, and “Fog” is about the way a visual image of a ferryman on a lake is obliterated by fog.'  (Introduction)

[Review] Towards Light and Other Poems Brigitta Olubas , 2018 single work review
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 78 no. 2 2018; (p. 216-221)

— Review of Towards Light and Other Poems Sarah Day , 2018 selected work poetry
Sightlines and Warlines : Three Poets at the Height of Their Powers David McCooey , 2018 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , November no. 406 2018; (p. 47-48)

'Sarah Day's debut collection, A Hunger to Be Less Serious (1987), married lightness of touch with depth of insight. In Towards Light & Other Poems (Puncher & Wattmann, $25 pb, 108 pp, 9781925780024), Day continues this project in poems concerned with light, a thing presented as both transformative and transformable. In ‘Reservoir’, for instance, the glass of a porthole can bend light with ‘its oblique know-how’.' (Introduction)

[Review] Towards Light and Other Poems Brigitta Olubas , 2018 single work review
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 78 no. 2 2018; (p. 216-221)

— Review of Towards Light and Other Poems Sarah Day , 2018 selected work poetry
Sightlines and Warlines : Three Poets at the Height of Their Powers David McCooey , 2018 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , November no. 406 2018; (p. 47-48)

'Sarah Day's debut collection, A Hunger to Be Less Serious (1987), married lightness of touch with depth of insight. In Towards Light & Other Poems (Puncher & Wattmann, $25 pb, 108 pp, 9781925780024), Day continues this project in poems concerned with light, a thing presented as both transformative and transformable. In ‘Reservoir’, for instance, the glass of a porthole can bend light with ‘its oblique know-how’.' (Introduction)

Sarah Day : Towards Light and Other Poems Martin Duwell , 2019 single work essay
— Appears in: Australian Poetry Review , no. 14 2019;

'Sarah Day’s previous book, Tempo, was loosely concerned, as its title suggests, with time not as an overarching or structuring theme but rather as topic or perspective that recurred in what might have, otherwise, looked like quite different poems. There are plenty of poems about time in this new book, Towards Light, but the most important theme seems to be the issue of wholeness and its counterpart, dissolution, especially expressed in the opposition of light and dark. The last section is devoted to a particularly painful and personal experience of dissolution in her mother’s experience of Parkinsonism and her eventual death. The poems here are never a mere list of horrors but are always clear-eyed and analytical: the entire section reflects this in its title, “The Grammar of Undoing”. It’s tempting to see it as a theme subtly announced in the first two poems of the first section of the book: “Fe” (whose title is the chemical symbol for iron) is about the movement of Magnetic North, and “Fog” is about the way a visual image of a ferryman on a lake is obliterated by fog.'  (Introduction)

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