David Malouf's brilliant collection of poems begins with a memory of new love – with 'grace unasked for, urgencies that boom under the pocket of a shirt' – and ends in the intimate territory of the long-familiar where there is no need for words. This volume is marked by an astonishing breadth of intelligence and erudition, yet steps lightly among the objects of our lives and the wonder of everyday replenishments. Everywhere the poems affirm the mystical delights of music, angels and fields where 'first to gather are the starlings in unquiet flocks. Then quietly, the stars'.
(To read some poetry, see the AI)
About the Author
David Malouf is internationally recognised as one of the world's finest and most versatile contemporary writers. Since his first collection of poetry in 1962, he has published novels, short stories, collections of poetry, opera libretti, a play and a volume of autobiography. His novels include An Imaginary Life, Harland's Half Acre, The Conversations at Curlaw Creek, The Great World, winner of the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Prix Femina Etranger in 1991, and Remembering Babylon, shortlisted for the 1993 Booker Prize and winner of the inaugural international IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Born and brought up in Brisbane, David Malouf lives in Sydney.