Hard Cases, Brief Lives

Hard Cases, Brief Lives

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'What might a doctor say when he turns to poetry, or, more interesting, what kind of a doctor might a poet make? Warwick Anderson, who notes 'twenty trees plugged into dark red dirt and yellow grass between me and her' in a small town by the sea, who notices that 'her grey hands held onto the steering wheel like begging white paws', or who tries to find the life a woman lived in the few notes he has in a medical file for her, cuts straight when he slices his visions into poems. His eye is as direct as William Carlos Williams', his tongue as sharp as Peter Goldsworthy's. There are old cars, tiny houses, streets and bars in these poems, stale summer evenings, and young women. I know those places, I knew some of those women! - it's a poetry of feelings we enter into here, and we see we're there with the rest of humanity. The poems talk intimately without trying to talk knowingly. There is no protection here for doctor or patient.
It is not surprising that a poet's noisy emphysema is 'more desperately meant and deeply felt' than any other poem delivered at a reading, and when Warwick Anderson brings this to our attention, there's that pleasure of knowing the poet, savouring the language, and recognising the experience. This is the kind of doctor I want to go to and listen to and read repeatedly.' - Kevin Brophy
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  • Paperback | 82 pages
  • Charnwood, Australia
  • 1740276590
  • 9781740276597