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'First Light observes the details of the world with curious and restive attention. It explores the threshold between things and words, seeking out places where music and language are equal in charting human experience. Some poems sample from other writers to create new works, often as gifts for friends. Some meditate on the tipping point between poetry and prose, or revisit established forms, such as sonnets and love letters, to stage a conversation between poetry and song. Alongside these more experimental sequences is a series of discrete lyrics, 'Authentic Nature', which responds to specifically Australian habitats - political, cultural and ecological - while asking about the role of 'nature' in poetic writing. First Light is a book of sonic discovery, philosophical insight and formal playfulness; a precise study in the music of thought.' (Publisher's blurb)

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  • Dedication: Pete & Ruby

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Works about this Work

Cento : Towards Homonymic Consciousness Robert Wood , 2017 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journal of Poetics Research , September no. 7 2017;

'The above passage is striking not only for the embodied, epidermal associations of Indigeneity (‘sun-tanned’), but also for the concordance of Noonuccal’s ‘double existence’ with transnational discourses of Blackness that come before and after her. One reads in this passage a similarity to both W.E.B. Du Bois’ ‘double consciousness’ and a popular contemporary iteration expressed in the phrase ‘walking in two worlds’. ' (Introduction)

A Review of... 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Rabbit , Autumn no. 8 2013; (p. 110-115)

— Review of First Light Kate Fagan , 2012 selected work poetry
Poetry in Motion, Song in Her Heart John Saxby , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 21 August 2013; (p. 19)
Aspects of Australian Poetry in 2012 Michelle Cahill , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Westerly , June vol. 58 no. 1 2013; (p. 68-91)

'T he act of reading for appraisal rather than pleasure is a privilege that brings me to a deepened understanding of the contemporary in Australian poetry, the way the past is being framed, its traditions, celebrities and enigmas washed up in new and hybrid appearances or redressed in more conventional, sometimes nimbus forms. Judith Wright wrote that the ‘place to find clues is not in the present, it lies in the past: a shallow past, as all immigrants to Australia know, and all of us are immigrants.’ The discipline of reading to filter such a range of voices underlines my foreignness, making reading akin to translation, whilst reciprocally inviting the reader of this essay to become a foreigner to my assumptions and conclusions.' (Introduction)

Launch of 'First Light' by Kate Fagan Pamela Brown , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Famous Reporter , December no. 44 2012; (p. 30-37)

— Review of First Light Kate Fagan , 2012 selected work poetry
Abhorring the Vacuum John Kinsella , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 14-15 July 2012; (p. 22)

— Review of First Light Kate Fagan , 2012 selected work poetry ; Asymmetry Aidan Coleman , 2012 selected work poetry
Wild Ways and Inky Borders Geoff Page , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 28 July 2012; (p. 22)

— Review of Ladylike Kate Lilley , 2012 selected work poetry ; First Light Kate Fagan , 2012 selected work poetry
Libby Hart Reviews Kate Fagan Libby Hart , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Cordite Poetry Review , 1 August vol. 39 no. 0 2012;

— Review of First Light Kate Fagan , 2012 selected work poetry
Launch of 'First Light' by Kate Fagan Pamela Brown , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Famous Reporter , December no. 44 2012; (p. 30-37)

— Review of First Light Kate Fagan , 2012 selected work poetry
Luke Beesley on Kate Fagan Luke Beesley , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Long Paddock , vol. 72 no. 3 2012;

— Review of First Light Kate Fagan , 2012 selected work poetry
Words of Great Worth Robyn Annear , David Day , Lyn McCredden , Peter Pierce , Lucy Sussex , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 4 August 2012; (p. 30-31)
This column comprises the judges' comments on the shortlisted works for the 2012 Age Book of the Year Award. (The list includes three titles, outside the scope of AustLit, by James Boyce, Paul Ham and Jane Gleeson-White.)
Aspects of Australian Poetry in 2012 Michelle Cahill , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Westerly , June vol. 58 no. 1 2013; (p. 68-91)

'T he act of reading for appraisal rather than pleasure is a privilege that brings me to a deepened understanding of the contemporary in Australian poetry, the way the past is being framed, its traditions, celebrities and enigmas washed up in new and hybrid appearances or redressed in more conventional, sometimes nimbus forms. Judith Wright wrote that the ‘place to find clues is not in the present, it lies in the past: a shallow past, as all immigrants to Australia know, and all of us are immigrants.’ The discipline of reading to filter such a range of voices underlines my foreignness, making reading akin to translation, whilst reciprocally inviting the reader of this essay to become a foreigner to my assumptions and conclusions.' (Introduction)

Poetry in Motion, Song in Her Heart John Saxby , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 21 August 2013; (p. 19)
Launch : First Light Michael Farrell , 2012 single work essay
— Appears in: Rabbit , Spring no. 6 2012; (p. 120-123)
Cento : Towards Homonymic Consciousness Robert Wood , 2017 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journal of Poetics Research , September no. 7 2017;

'The above passage is striking not only for the embodied, epidermal associations of Indigeneity (‘sun-tanned’), but also for the concordance of Noonuccal’s ‘double existence’ with transnational discourses of Blackness that come before and after her. One reads in this passage a similarity to both W.E.B. Du Bois’ ‘double consciousness’ and a popular contemporary iteration expressed in the phrase ‘walking in two worlds’. ' (Introduction)

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