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Packed with beautiful lyrical and narrative poems, this thought-provoking assortment explores various issues, together with the experience of belonging, the human situation, kinfolk, being a stranger, love and wish, and beginnings and endings. Divided into 3 sections delineating the author's preoccupations along with her kin heritage in Europe, youth, and the purchase and processing of expertise, this compilation—inspired by means of the poet’s mom, Sofia, who's the topic of a number of works—also bargains perception into lifestyles after immigration to Australia.
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The pair that reeked of order, discipline and the mundane. These were pink satin, edged with soft, white feathers. And curled on top of each one, was a dragon. Night waters murmured and the dragons’ scales glistened. Moonlight was in their eyes. One whispered to me: they came from China, and I knew then they had to be mine. When the women had finished their coffee and we were about to leave, I picked up the slippers and hid them behind me. indd 40 keep them from harm as mother didn’t allow pets in the house.
Mamma, I said. She turned and gave me a horrified look when she saw them in my hands. Then she was angry. The dragons snorted and lashed their tails. She began to tell me a story about a thief whose last wish was to see his mother. At the gallows, he looked as though he was about to kiss her but instead he bit his mother and said, This is for not making me return the first needle I stole. That said, mother 40 marched me back to face the woman and the girl; to apologise, to be shamed so I wouldn’t fall into a life of shoplifting, car stealing, and breaking and entering.
I look down at my lap as Father gets up to pay. 4. roast duck There’s hardly any light in the shed or talk. The bird shudders after the swing of the axe. The body is warm. Father and I pull out yellow feathers. indd 29 28/04/10 3:34 PM Hunters and collectors 1. â•¯–â•¯Sir Joseph Banks, 3 May 1770, Botany Bay To collect you have to understand having. To have: to own, to possess. Nearness can be relied on. To collect you have to understand knowing. To know: to acquaint, to experience. What can be named, can outgrow fear.
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