NS Series 3

The Darker Edges of the Sky
Wayne Schlepp

The Darker Edges of the Sky

The deeper subjects of these fifty-eight spare poems—minute observations over some sixteen years of a single stretch of swamp and bush, and of the self that does the observing—include the alien/ kindred lives and deaths of birds, animals and trees; the miraculous gift of light; the relationship between ourselves and the world we observe (what difference does it make that, in us, the natural realm both is and is known?); and our troubled sense of time carrying us and our world ineluctably towards the known end of death and decay, and perhaps too the unknown we always sense beyond the surface of things. These poems are to be read carefully, turned over in the mind, and savoured with a slow and complex delight.

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Fringe Dwellers
Shane Joseph

Fringe Dwellers

Sid’s a war-hero and a bum, Gloria’s a beautiful luckless lover, Andrew’s a writer whose favourite haunt is the cemetery, and Julia is a priest with a dying congregation in a booming suburb. What have they in common? They are the Fringe Dwellers – people who once led normal lives until a sudden twist in the road sent them out onto the fringes of society. From the fringe they claw back meaning and redemption for their altered lives.

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