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By Gwen Harwood, Gregory Kratzmann

Gwen Harwood (1920-1995) is likely one of the top enjoyed Australian poets of the 20th century - and a fierce prankster, who released poems below half-a-dozen names and identities. by way of turns poignant, sensuous and mischievous, passionately musical, her poetry is marked through certain intelligence and a quicksilver, anti-authoritarian wit. This new choice of her poetry from 1943 to her demise makes the whole variety of the paintings available for the 1st time to poetry-lovers within the northern hemisphere. With an creation via the prime Harwood critic Gregory Kratzmann and the Australian poet Chris Wallace-Crabbe, who corresponded with Harwood, the choice comprises hitherto little-known paintings in addition to poems that have develop into a part of the critical canon of Australian poetry.

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The mother is not a child to be sleeping in his bed. This is his bed, where he dreams of adventure. He is not the parent. Doesn’t she know it’s his bedtime now? Of course, she must know. His hand on her shoulder looks like a starfish. Her body gathers breath, as if greedy for air. Even her shoes wish to rouse her, still on her feet. Time to wake up, he sings in her tune. You have to wake up. The tree outside the window awakens in the rain, the rain is a whisper, the boy is grown up. Time to wake (time to sleep).

The father works late now; now it is night, now time for bed. He opens the door and discovers a secret. What is the secret? He doesn’t know, he doesn’t know. His mother lies there asleep on his bed, laid out in a field. The boy is tired, why is she there? He touches her shoulder, shakes her gently and calls her. Her face is relaxed, the shut eyes have grown younger. Her hand curls around nothing, nesting the ghost of an egg. She is tired and spent by the day. She is utterly spent, hair undone, shirt loose; but she is dressed as she was that very morning, as the sun warmed the kitchen and the father walked out.

Her hand curls around nothing, nesting the ghost of an egg. She is tired and spent by the day. She is utterly spent, hair undone, shirt loose; but she is dressed as she was that very morning, as the sun warmed the kitchen and the father walked out. The sunlight was silent. Two white cups rested on the counter, still full of coffee, a lactate skin slowly sealing the surface. The dry toast stiffened. All the colors outside, the morning air rinsed by the light, nourished the boy’s hunger to be out in the world.

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