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Issue Details: First known date: 2014... 2014 Distance
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''With its beer-drenched Blundstones, cricket balls retrieved from neighbour's backyards, misbehaving pastor's kids and crabs plucked from the Moyne river, O'Reilly's poetry collects and curates a series of vernacular objects and experiences that comprise life in Australia and beyond. From the streets of Ballarat to the dry highways of West Texas, from the floor of a petrol station in rural NSW to the evening sky seen from a Scottish beach, this poetry traverses continents, testing spaces and locations and finding them brimming with their own types of desire. Using a light touch and an elegant voice, Distance traces out nostalgia's peculiar contours and emotional resonances, resulting in remarkable poetic moments that will return and whisper again to a reader even after the book is set down.' - Lachlan Brown, author of Limited Cities 'Joseph Brodsky, the Russian Nobel laureate, once remarked that memory and art have in common the "ability to select, a taste for detail". In the work of Nathanael O'Reilly, memory and art come together to bring us poems that remember what cannot - what must not - be forgotten, in rich and telling detail and with a taste for quiet but incisive irony.' - Paul Kane, author of A Slant of Light, Work Life and Australian Poetry: Romanticism and Negativity 'Nathanael O'Reilly's poems sound the major themes of Australian poetry: landscape, displacement, yearning, and above all a critique of cultural narrowness. O'Reilly's plain-spoken diction is often laced with understated wit, but is given ballast by its principled grounding in lived experience.' - Nicholas Birns, editor of Antipodes' (Publication summary)

Notes

  • Dedication:

    For Tricia & Celeste,

    Mum & Dad,

    Sean,

    and the good friends who have shared my journey

  • Chapbook.

Contents

* Contents derived from the Cardiff, Cardiff - Elermore Vale area, Newcastle, Newcastle - Hunter Valley area, New South Wales,:Picaro Press , 2015 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Crabbingi"Sitting on the docks", Nathanael O'Reilly , single work poetry (p. 11-12)
Doncaster, Circa 1977i"When I lived next door to Max Walker", Nathanael O'Reilly , single work poetry (p. 13)
Note: As 'Doncaster, 1977'.
Ballarat Scenes, Nathanael O'Reilly , single work poetry (p. 14-17)
Floodwatersi"Driving slowly through floodwaters", Nathanael O'Reilly , single work poetry (p. 18)
Moreton Bayi"Four boys and two fathers,", Nathanael O'Reilly , single work poetry (p. 19)
Suburban Fantasyi"As pre-pubescent boys roaming", Nathanael O'Reilly , single work poetry (p. 20)
First Killi"Pressing the butt of the four-ten", Nathanael O'Reilly , single work poetry (p. 21)
Golden Fleecei"Regaining consciousness", Nathanael O'Reilly , single work poetry (p. 22)
Saturday Night On The Goulburni"We camped on a sandbank", Nathanael O'Reilly , single work poetry (p. 23)
Falling through Uncertaintyi"After nightfall we pedalled", Nathanael O'Reilly , single work poetry (p. 24-25)
Near Drowningi"Half an hour into an afternoon", Nathanael O'Reilly , single work poetry (p. 26)
Closeri"The rains came and flushed", Nathanael O'Reilly , single work poetry (p. 27)
Fruit Pickingi"During the summer holidays", Nathanael O'Reilly , single work poetry (p. 28-29)
Cider Buzzi"We met at the Cricketer's Arms", Nathanael O'Reilly , single work poetry (p. 30)
French Accenti"Coming home from the milk bar", Nathanael O'Reilly , single work poetry (p. 31)
Sinkingi"Lying on the floor", Nathanael O'Reilly , single work poetry (p. 32)
Tzatzikii"In the Lebanese restaurant on Sydney Road", Nathanael O'Reilly , single work poetry (p. 33)
Secular Baptismi"The pastor's son spent", Nathanael O'Reilly , single work poetry (p. 34)
The Pastor and His daughteri"The pastor drives you home", Nathanael O'Reilly , single work poetry (p. 35)
The Backyard, the Coffeei"While taking the rubbish out", Nathanael O'Reilly , single work poetry (p. 36)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Cardiff, Cardiff - Elermore Vale area, Newcastle, Newcastle - Hunter Valley area, New South Wales,: Picaro Press , 2014 .
      Extent: 72p.
      ISBN: 9781921691768
    • Cardiff, Cardiff - Elermore Vale area, Newcastle, Newcastle - Hunter Valley area, New South Wales,: Picaro Press , 2015 .
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      Extent: 92p.
      Note/s:
      • Published July 14, 2015
      ISBN: 9781740279970

Works about this Work

Michele Seminara Reviews Distance by Nathanael O’Reilly Michele Seminara , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: Mascara Literary Review , April no. 17 2015;

— Review of Distance Nathanael O'Reilly , 2014 selected work poetry
Michele Seminara Reviews Distance by Nathanael O’Reilly Michele Seminara , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: Mascara Literary Review , April no. 17 2015;

— Review of Distance Nathanael O'Reilly , 2014 selected work poetry
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