'Pilbara alternates brief informative prose with bursts of magnificent free-verse lyric. O'Connor's gift is for bringing a large array of knowledge to bear in observations of delicate precision, combining awe with a quiet humour. The vastness of Western Australia's dry Pilbara is perceived in these poems, yet not allowed to dominate over its nooks and intimacies - the lives of birds, flowers, trees, and the unexpectedness of water.
'The 3.65 billion-year geological history of some of the oldest solidified land surfaces on our planet forms an underpinning. The work effortlessly takes in pre-history, history and ecology, along with current human realities like mining and grazing.' (From the publisher's website.)