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Today we’d like to share two releases new to our website from two of our talented writers as well as a delightful collection of Tanka from several of our equally talented poets in collaboration with Anne Benjamin.
Saffron and Silk is Anne Benjamin’s beautifully written novel about life as a young Australian Indian bride during the time of the assassination of Prime Minister Indira Ghandi. Anne uses her personal experience to explore the larger issues of India’s culture and history, making Saffron and Silk a personal insider story of some of the treasures and dilemmas of a country that is increasingly significant to contemporary Australia.
A Cobbled Path is Erina Booker’s eighth collection of poems. Erina has focused her finely-tuned artist’s eye on everything from the mercurial nature of love, to the existential questions of loss, loneliness, and grief, and the many things in between
Gemstones (illustration to come)
by Anne Benjamin and Friends
Skylark Publishing, pb, 67pp, 9781530574889
Gemstones is all about relationship. In her introduction to this anthology of responsive tanka, poet Anne Benjamin speaks of her friendships with, and admiration for, her seven co-writers (Jan Foster AUS, Claire Everett UK, Patricia Prime NZ, Marilyn Humbert AUS, Luminita Suse CAN, Julie Thorndyke AUS, Carmel Summers AUS) and the Biographical Notes highlight each writer’s impressive individual accomplishment.
The Foreword by David Terelinck briefly alludes to the history of the form, explains the key requirement of responsive poetry as ‘the ability to have individual, yet complementary voices’, and whets the reader’s appetite for the poems encompassing an expansive scope of moods, settings, and themes including love, loss, joy, and social justice that follow.
The beauty of a polished stone is either intensified or diminished by its setting. Happily, the experience of reading each of the small gems in this anthology is enhanced by its relationship with its company in the chain. The skilful links and the shifts in direction of each sequence are satisfyingly free of fictional contrivances or jarring leaps and these poems ring with authenticity.
Writing Fellow – NSW Fellowship of Australian Writers