Publisher: Fremantle Press
In her third poetry collection, Caitlin Maling once more shows her mastery of the craft, exhibiting a keen eye for landscape and those who inhabit it. In locations from Fremantle to the coast, from the beach to the bush, these poems are deceptively simple but explore hidden depths of language and meaning. Maling’s themes are land, love, loss, leaving, the domestic, family, urban life, country living, fear, trouble, and also joy. The long poem, ‘Betelgeuse Star’, about her father’s death, is particularly powerful. Firmly grounded in Western Australia, this is a beautiful book.