Saturday, August 30, 2008

Review: Magisterium

"POETRY'S metre can be soothing, but it can also grab you by the throat: with verbal violence, maybe, but more persuasively with oblique imagery that forces you to follow carefully the lines of the poet's thinking. Deane's latest folio, his second, is darkly attractive, dealing in themes of love, death, displacement and the environment. A politician, a glimpse of beauty, the death of children, Cronulla, a marriage, butchery: Deane shifts his mood and style with the subject matter, but always speaks to the reader, man to man, as it were." -- Miriam Cosic, The Weekend Australian

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