''What greater challenge for a poet than the recovery of language after its loss? These dense, powerful poems are the fruits of Coleman's year-long struggle. They read like some profound and moving metaphor for the process of writing poetry itself, but on a far more important plane, as we follow him from struck muteness to the dredging up of the bare bones of language, a process of reclamation that seems to find its fullest and most joyous expression – its cure – in the sensuous love poems for his wife that conclude the book, the wife who was at his side every painful inch of the way.' Peter Goldsworthy
''The lyrics of Asymmetry show us by turns the sorrows of dire illness and the joys of love.
'Aidan Coleman sees and feels things in sharp and memorable ways; yet he not only makes us perceive the world better but also he leads us to appreciate it the more. Australian poetry is the richer for this book.' Kevin Hart
''Dizzying imagery, executed with utter control. Coleman's artistry puts him in the forefront of young poets anywhere.' Les Murray' (Publication summary)
Writing Disability in Australia
|Type of disability||Brain injury following a stroke.|
|Type of character||Primary (autobiographical poetry).|
|Point of view||Includes first person.|