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'A Kinder Sea explores the sea as sanctuary, hoard and repository. It is composed of sequences – love letters, elegies, narratives and odes – it looks outwards from the intimate to take in others' lives and voices, remaking form and craft. Felicity Plunkett's remarkable poems balance wrack and loss with vitality, resilience and beauty.' (Publication summary)

Contents

* Contents derived from the St Lucia, Indooroopilly - St Lucia area, Brisbane - North West, Brisbane, Queensland,:University of Queensland Press , 2020 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Sound Bridgei"My son sings the Lacrimosa in Hodonin: joy-", Felicity Plunkett , single work poetry (p. 1-2)
Imagine Becoming the Seai"I have unreeled sentences from my spine's spool", Felicity Plunkett , single work poetry (p. 5)
Note: as 'Becoming the Sea'.
Glass Lettersi"Your absence sharpens the sea's teeth.", Felicity Plunkett , single work poetry (p. 6-17)
Anomiidaei"Where", Felicity Plunkett , single work poetry (p. 18)
What the Sea Remembersi"Haul and wail of seabirds", Felicity Plunkett , single work poetry (p. 19-20)
Trash Vortexi"In the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, plastic", Felicity Plunkett , single work poetry (p. 21)
Syzygyi"Edge, swerve, disturb, you’re all verb", Felicity Plunkett , single work poetry (p. 25)
Yellowi"In the love-stained world", Felicity Plunkett , single work poetry (p. 26-28)
Note:

With first line: Love-stained day

Minor amendments throughout.

Songs in a Red Keyi"Doctor, I have swallowed a glass", Felicity Plunkett , single work poetry (p. 29-31)
Yellow (On Edge)i"Lemon", Felicity Plunkett , single work poetry (p. 32-33)
Confetti by Dadai"Prepare your confession", Felicity Plunkett , single work poetry (p. 34-35)
Cyclone Plottingi"The danger is that we'll drink this one quick drink too fast. The", Felicity Plunkett , single work poetry (p. 36)
Equal Footing Mermaids, Felicity Plunkett , sequence poetry (p. 39)
Underwater Caulkingi"Separated, alone at sea", Felicity Plunkett , single work poetry (p. 43-45)
Disappearing Acti"Things tilt,", Felicity Plunkett , single work poetry (p. 46-48)
Grave-Craft, Felicity Plunkett , sequence poetry (p. 49-54)
Blood Days : Monochordsi"Dawn clouds, red as history, press down : I linger under sky-soft counterpane", Felicity Plunkett , single work poetry (p. 57-58)
On Carrying : Seven Cledonsi"In meetings academics say", Felicity Plunkett , single work poetry (p. 59-67)
Threei"It is you who smooths the quilt over", Felicity Plunkett , single work poetry (p. 68-71)
Intervali"Your absence weighs more", Felicity Plunkett , single work poetry (p. 75)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Works about this Work

Alexis Late Reviews Felicity Plunkett’s A Kinder Sea Alexis Late , 2021 single work review
— Appears in: Cordite Poetry Review , 1 May no. 101 2021;

— Review of A Kinder Sea Felicity Plunkett , 2020 selected work poetry

'The writer Phillip Hoare, celebrated author of The Whale and self-confessed sea obsessive, once wrote: ‘Our bodies are as unknown to us as the ocean, both familiar and strange; the sea inside ourselves.’ This quote might also describe acclaimed poet and critic Felicity Plunkett’s latest book of poetry, A Kinder Sea, which takes writing about the sea – or through the sea – to whole new depths. This collection of 29 poems, published by University of Queensland Press (2020), reveals more than just a fascination with the literal sea. As any seasoned ocean swimmer or sailor knows, a calm surface is no indication of the sea’s nature, or of one’s journey across it.' (Introduction)

J.C. Masters Reviews A Kinder Sea by Felicity Plunkett J. C. Masters , 2020 single work review
— Appears in: Mascara Literary Review , no. 26 2020-2021;

— Review of A Kinder Sea Felicity Plunkett , 2020 selected work poetry

'Growing up on the coast, I felt like the sea and I were easy and old friends. The water framed my first two decades of life; smeared in sun cream and rash vests, my parents would take me to the beach on weekends where I would happily sluice myself in salted air and water. I realised later that I only ever knew the edge of the ocean where its fingers and toes gently touched mine. The one time I was caught in a mild rip, I was panicked-filled with the crystal understanding this was a stronger and fiercer swell than I had known. I knew the water’s strength in much the same way I know the universe is big: as a concept relative to my own smallness. Felicity Plunkett in her new collection, A Kinder Sea, seems to have no such reservations or fear. Her work reads as though she is immersed in the same deep place where the bedrock heart of the sea collects people’s daydreams and elegies. She speaks with penetrating insight and at times, a heartbreaking clarity.' (Introduction)

Books of the : Year A Look Back at Some of the Year's Finest Works Sarah Holland-Batt , 2020 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , December no. 427 2020;
A Kinder Sea By Felicity Plunkett Alison Clifton , 2020 single work review
— Appears in: StylusLit , September no. 8 2020;

— Review of A Kinder Sea Felicity Plunkett , 2020 selected work poetry

'Felicity Plunkett’s latest collection, A Kinder Sea, renders navigable the ocean of urgent emotions on which a poet floats her many loves and only life. Here, the sea is fluid in its identity – pun intended – as it is at once a sanctuary and a taker of lives, preserving and whittling-away at relics of existence. Sometimes elegiac in nature, these poems are warmly intimate. Yet, in Plunkett’s deft hands, the verse does not succumb to solipsism: she evokes a sense of universal experience as she occasionally samples lines from other writers, including Emily Dickinson, Henry James, Paul Celan, and Ali Smith. The effect is at once fresh and emulatory. The borrowed lines are given new life with Plunkett’s pen – or, to use the words of her poem, “Sound Bridge” (1-2), these are the “same notes in new throats” (2). Plunkett’s poetry offers up prayers, wishes, and promises for the future even as it preserves the past in a way that is less nostalgic or forensic than it is physiological.' (Introduction)

Ceding Self to Power of the Sea Gregory Day , 2020 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 28 March 2020; (p. 17)

— Review of A Kinder Sea Felicity Plunkett , 2020 selected work poetry
A Kinder Sea by Felicity Plunkett Philip Mead , 2020 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , April no. 420 2020;

— Review of A Kinder Sea Felicity Plunkett , 2020 selected work poetry

'Felicity Plunkett has being doing good works in the poetry sphere for some time now. She has edited for UQP a recent series of new and established poets; she reviews a wide variety of poetry in newspapers and magazines, as well as writing evocatively, in this journal, about influential figures in popular Australian poetics like Nick Cave and Gurrumul Yunupingu. Valuably, she has also made practical contributions to poetry teaching in the secondary English curriculum. Now she has published a second volume of her own poetry, a varied collection of highly accomplished poems.'  (Introduction)

A Break That Can Be Bridged Ali Smith , 2020 single work review
— Appears in: Sydney Review of Books , April 2020;

— Review of A Kinder Sea Felicity Plunkett , 2020 selected work poetry

'A week ago, this review had a different beginning. The first sentence was ‘Let’s begin with bridges’. And we’ll get to the bridges. But as I’m writing, at the end of a long day with my kids at home, I hear Leigh Sales giving kindness a plug on the 7:30 Report. I’ve already muted a Facebook Group called The Kindness Pandemic. A lot of the stories being told on The Kindness Pandemic were hopeful and heart-warming. But small acts of kindness just aren’t doing it for me.'  (Introduction)

Ceding Self to Power of the Sea Gregory Day , 2020 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 28 March 2020; (p. 17)

— Review of A Kinder Sea Felicity Plunkett , 2020 selected work poetry
A Kinder Sea By Felicity Plunkett Alison Clifton , 2020 single work review
— Appears in: StylusLit , September no. 8 2020;

— Review of A Kinder Sea Felicity Plunkett , 2020 selected work poetry

'Felicity Plunkett’s latest collection, A Kinder Sea, renders navigable the ocean of urgent emotions on which a poet floats her many loves and only life. Here, the sea is fluid in its identity – pun intended – as it is at once a sanctuary and a taker of lives, preserving and whittling-away at relics of existence. Sometimes elegiac in nature, these poems are warmly intimate. Yet, in Plunkett’s deft hands, the verse does not succumb to solipsism: she evokes a sense of universal experience as she occasionally samples lines from other writers, including Emily Dickinson, Henry James, Paul Celan, and Ali Smith. The effect is at once fresh and emulatory. The borrowed lines are given new life with Plunkett’s pen – or, to use the words of her poem, “Sound Bridge” (1-2), these are the “same notes in new throats” (2). Plunkett’s poetry offers up prayers, wishes, and promises for the future even as it preserves the past in a way that is less nostalgic or forensic than it is physiological.' (Introduction)

Alexis Late Reviews Felicity Plunkett’s A Kinder Sea Alexis Late , 2021 single work review
— Appears in: Cordite Poetry Review , 1 May no. 101 2021;

— Review of A Kinder Sea Felicity Plunkett , 2020 selected work poetry

'The writer Phillip Hoare, celebrated author of The Whale and self-confessed sea obsessive, once wrote: ‘Our bodies are as unknown to us as the ocean, both familiar and strange; the sea inside ourselves.’ This quote might also describe acclaimed poet and critic Felicity Plunkett’s latest book of poetry, A Kinder Sea, which takes writing about the sea – or through the sea – to whole new depths. This collection of 29 poems, published by University of Queensland Press (2020), reveals more than just a fascination with the literal sea. As any seasoned ocean swimmer or sailor knows, a calm surface is no indication of the sea’s nature, or of one’s journey across it.' (Introduction)

Books of the : Year A Look Back at Some of the Year's Finest Works Sarah Holland-Batt , 2020 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , December no. 427 2020;
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