From the author of the David Unaipon award winning novel Dancing Home.
Paul Collis’ first collection of poetry is a book of difficult truths and profound connections. It charts a life lived on the streets, on country, in the deep time of tradition, of relationships to land and family. This book mourns those who have passed, and the current state of places and people held close in the heart and in the kinds of knowledge inseparable from self that might be called ‘being’. It is also a poetry of hope in the hopeless, of beauty in small moments, and the overwhelming ‘now’ that is memory.
‘There is no curtain in a jail cell. And there is no veil to mask the brutal truths in this exceptional collection. This is Aboriginal Australia. This is the bravery of resilience. This is the narrative written from behind the wall.’
Ali Cobby Eckermann Yankunytjatjara poet and storyteller
‘The story lines within Dr Paul Collis’s pages speak a universal tongue; songs of love and suffering…messages exacting and clear! This is soul-poetry…parables from the heart’s yearning…’
Samuel Wagan Watson