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The Daily News

This collection traces the period from 2019, and the catastrophe fires in Australia, through the COVID years and beyond, feeling its way into how we live in the world, and how we might reflect on the value of listening to the many voices that make up our everyday experience. Written primarily in prose poetry, it attempts to expand the capacity of the sentence, rather than the line, to gesture toward what is rarely said (or cannot be said), and to offer fragments of stories about finding a home in the world as it is, and as we are.  

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March 2024 114 9780645651324 , , ,
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"Even the memories of memory are fading. It has been decades since this all began."

This collection traces the period from 2019, and the catastrophe fires in Australia, through the COVID years and beyond, feeling its way into how we live in the world, and how we might reflect on the value of listening to the many voices that make up our everyday experience. Written primarily in prose poetry, it attempts to expand the capacity of the sentence, rather than the line, to gesture toward what is rarely said (or cannot be said), and to offer fragments of stories about finding a home in the world as it is, and as we are.  

‘The Daily News, written at the height of the poet’s powers, bears unflinching witness to the successive disasters—ecological, personal and technological, we now call the ‘new normal’. There are firestorms, faultlines and plagues. The dogs fail to rescue us, as do the ghosts of dead lovers, the stars and birds. These are relentless, often brutal, poems—spangled with unexpected moments of grace. Webb has delivered a deeply compassionate book, a treatise on emotional courage and the possibility of transformation through flames. It cuts to the heart of what it means to be a human being, catapulted toward extinction, in a world we no longer believe we can save.’
Judith Nangala Crispin

‘This powerful new volume is a consummation of Jen Webb’s poetic preoccupations. Having witnessed versions of these poems trickle into anthologies over the past decade, I should have known that a tidal force was gathering. Beautifully unified, the poems – with their characteristic turns of phrase – accumulate with an intellectual and emotional plea to our better human selves.’
Paul Munden

Weight152 g