Adrian Caesar was formerly Associate Professor of English at UNSW@ADFA. Later, he taught creative writing part-time at ANU. He now writes full time. He is the author of five previous books of poems, several books of literary criticism and a multi-award winning non-fiction novel, The White. His novel, The Blessing, was long-listed for the Voss Award in 2016.
This Cathedral Grief responds to the death of Adrian Caesar’s sister, Karen, from pancreatic cancer in 2012-13. This book explores various dimensions of faith—secular, artistic and spiritual—in an attempt to wrest meaning from the blank of loss. Without supporting any single position or belief, these poems are provisional statements, charting the impossibility of celebrating or memorialising someone successfully, much less recovering that person through language.