Publisher: Ginninderra Press
There are no accidents in the poetry collection First Blood. This strong and beautifully written collection is about girlhood and the transition to womanhood. It is a delicate theme; the reader is taken on an emancipating journey. With her Croatian background, the author moves across traditions and culture and, in simple and not-so-simple form, questions our sense of belonging. The poem to which the title is dedicated is wrapped around metaphorical lyrics, and is both powerful and unpretentious. Natalie D-Napoleon’s words go straight for the heart of the reader, regardless of gender; images are drawn through her prose that leave memories of places rekindled, emotions suspended and dreams reborn.