Posted by: Lisa Hill | October 6, 2017

Goodbye Cruel by Melinda Smith and Members Only by Melinda Smith & Caren Florance PLUS bonus poet interview

Thanks to Tony for permission to reblog this post,… these interviews are so interesting to read!

Messenger's Booker (and more)

Goodbye

It is not often that a poet has two books launched within the space of four months, but Melinda Smith has managed that amazing feat. Published by Pitt Street Poetry, “Goodbye, Cruel” was launched at the Newcastle Writers Festival in April and published by Recent Work Press the collaborative effort, with artist Caren Florance, “Members Only” was released in August this year.

Don’t be misled by the title, “Goodbye, Cruel”, is broken into five sections, and it is only the section “Goodbye, Cruel” that deals with the subject of suicide. The book opens with the playful sparkling imagery of “Tiny Carnivals” and the poem “A never-to-be-repeated spectacle”, promising a breathtaking ride through a circus like world, immediately the following poem brings the images of neon lights to life

At the Neon Museum:
Las Vegas roadside with giant high heel
(after a photograph by Michael Shapiro)

Later, night will eat these…

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  1. Thanks for sharing Lisa, I’m very happy with how the interviews are turning out, for some reason a large number of the poets are opening up with a wealth of information about their work. Long may it continue.

    • I read recently that Australian poetry was in ‘a rude state of health’ which is great news:)


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