TWIGS AND KNUCKLEBONES - Sarah Lindsay
Definitely not light verse, but thoughtful, profound, and, as advertised on its back cover, quirky -- probably obvious from the title. The poet's knowledge of archaeology and natural science informs her content. There is a series of poems on a fictional realm, Nab, with references both to its inhabitants in ancient times and its excavators in the present, as well as poems which include references to the spadefoot toad, the quagga, and, better known to most readers, sparrows and moths. Life and death are close in these poems, and love too makes an appearance with great poignancy. Usually I read poetry books intermittently, reading and putting aside, but this one I read straight through because of the story line of the Nab poems and because I wondered what she'd come up with next!
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