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'This is a book about deep history and living in the moment; beauty and poverty; cosmic discovery and tragic loss. Kevin Brophy writes about people and place like no-one else. I will be urging others to read this extraordinary book for years to come. - David McCooey 
'This is a sure-eyed condensery of a community and a place: its knowledge, its resilience and griefs, its skies and weather, children, birds, dogs and boggy roads, and always the presence of the Lake. It is a vital record, sometimes close to hymn, that gifts to the reader openhearted and open-ended encounters with the specific. - Lucy Dougan 
'In these poems Kevin Brophy offers us the gift of days in which the ordinary is always surprising - where children arrive in the morning at the school gate "walking as if they have walked all night to get here", and the same word is used for the swelling of a corpse and the rising of a loaf. It is a country where different worlds infiltrate and unsettle each other, where encounters take place at the brink of understanding, and humanity shines through each poem with the lustre of stones polished by rain. - Kim Mahood'   (Production 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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      • Publication date 17 May 2018

      ISBN: 9781925780086

Works about this Work

Kit Kelen, Poor Man’s Coat: Hardanger Poems; Kevin Brophy, Look at the Lake Martin Duwell , 2018 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Poetry Review , vol. 13 no. 2018;

'These two books, different in so many ways, share something that makes a comparison between them almost irresistible. Each is written in response to a period the poets have spent in an environment far different from that which has produced most of their previous poems. Kevin Brophy’s book responds to a year (2016) in the north of Western Australia as a volunteer at a local school in the town of Mulan, next to Lake Gregory not far from the border with the Northern Territory. Kit Kelen’s Poor Man’s Coat is a response to time spent in the little Norwegian town of Ålvik situated on the upper reaches of the Hardanger fjord about 60km east of Bergen as the crow flies (though it would be a tiring mountainous flight). These are both spectacular venues of an almost completely different character – flat, red, dry as opposed to vertical, green, wet – but there is also a touch of the abject about each of them, even in the case of Ålvik which looks, for all the splendours of its setting on the fjord, to be a rather grotty little town, a “company town” dominated by a large factory, the subject of a poem significantly titled, “I Don’t Know What They Make in There”.' (Introduction)

Desert Days Joan Fleming , 2018 single work essay
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , September no. 404 2018; (p. 45)

'These poems were written across 2016 when Kevin Brophy was living in the remote community of Mulan, home to the Walmajarri speaking custodians of the Indigenous Protected Area (IPA) around Lake Paruku (Lake Gregory in many maps) in Western Australia.'  (Introduction)

Desert Days Joan Fleming , 2018 single work essay
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , September no. 404 2018; (p. 45)

'These poems were written across 2016 when Kevin Brophy was living in the remote community of Mulan, home to the Walmajarri speaking custodians of the Indigenous Protected Area (IPA) around Lake Paruku (Lake Gregory in many maps) in Western Australia.'  (Introduction)

Kit Kelen, Poor Man’s Coat: Hardanger Poems; Kevin Brophy, Look at the Lake Martin Duwell , 2018 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Poetry Review , vol. 13 no. 2018;

'These two books, different in so many ways, share something that makes a comparison between them almost irresistible. Each is written in response to a period the poets have spent in an environment far different from that which has produced most of their previous poems. Kevin Brophy’s book responds to a year (2016) in the north of Western Australia as a volunteer at a local school in the town of Mulan, next to Lake Gregory not far from the border with the Northern Territory. Kit Kelen’s Poor Man’s Coat is a response to time spent in the little Norwegian town of Ålvik situated on the upper reaches of the Hardanger fjord about 60km east of Bergen as the crow flies (though it would be a tiring mountainous flight). These are both spectacular venues of an almost completely different character – flat, red, dry as opposed to vertical, green, wet – but there is also a touch of the abject about each of them, even in the case of Ålvik which looks, for all the splendours of its setting on the fjord, to be a rather grotty little town, a “company town” dominated by a large factory, the subject of a poem significantly titled, “I Don’t Know What They Make in There”.' (Introduction)

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