This debut modern poetry anthology from Australian author Cara Bruar reflects on human folly and our fragile relationships with ourselves, each other, and the world around us.
Thirty-one free verse poems and four pieces of short prose explore the honest, raw memories and emotions that we often hide. Some are playful; some are sad or shocking.
The poems generally have a domestic focus, creating sensitive portraits of the small moments of family and daily life, and the challenges of living with nature and Australian wildlife. Some look wider, drawing on tragic events like the Canberra wildfires or venturing into fantasy or speculative worlds with an artificial intelligence confessor or trolls under a city bridge.
The collection is divided into three parts. Hearts looks within. So Human explores our connections outside ourselves, so often silly or futile. Circles draws the reader into the cycles of life, from childhood through to ageing and death, or the passage of time, from creation to destruction to renewal.
The collection is suitable for readers of all ages.
Weird old women
They don't just appear out of nowhere, you know
They start out as weird young women
Then they learn
Only emerging, fully weird, a long time later
When they are old
When no-one can see them anyway, so they don't need to hide any more
They hide themselves
until age hides them in plain sight.
You probably know a few yourself.
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