THE BOOKS

High Wire

ISBN-1 74076 178 2

The work of a mature and confident writer, High Wire analyses the many stages and kinds of experience presented by contemporary society. Investigating the genesis and nature of poetry, globalisation and consumerism the poetry is informed by a movingly expressed hope in the salvation to be found in loving relationships. This collection repays close reading in its exploration of ‘who and what and how to be’. (Publisher’s blurb)

The June Fireworks

ISBN-18 7682 7114

The June Fireworks reveals a lively interplay of light and dark, play, movement and melody in Caesar’s work. The title poem recreates a brother and sister in England ‘tracing wild patterns of light/with fizzing sparklers’. The vivacious and unproblematic pleasures of childhood are set against a darker vision of anarchy, violence and hypocrisy understood only in the eyes of adulthood and responsibility, and a realisation that we have as yet to for a ‘Republic of Hope’. The poem’s tonal and rhythmic variations reinforce contrasting moods of childish excitement, wry humour and adult anger and disappointment. The image of different displays of fireworks against northern and southern hemisphere skies provokes thought about what we celebrate and why. (Bruce Bennett)

Life Sentences

ISBN-1 876827 01 7

Adrian Caesar’s poetry investigates the relationship between memory, place and identity. As a young adult immigrant to Australia he is able, through some of his poems, to return to the family relationships and landscapes of an English childhood. Other poems trace the relationship between the author’s place of birth and that of his adopted country. He has a sharp ear for the patterns of speech, a voice that ranges from quiet lyricism to a terse, more sardonic tone. Caesar reveals an often wicked sense of humour and finely honed sense of irony. (Publisher’s Blurb)

Hunger Games

ISBN-0 646 26209 2

The greatest secret in poetry is movement. Adrian Caesar’s verse has the gift of proper timing, of language leading meaning in a well-paced dance. Each of his poems inhabits its own rhythms exactly, whether it concerns itself with domestic and institutional life, old and terrible histories, Nature, or sheer human speculation. Nothing is forced or presumptuous, but concern for the lives of both the trapped and the free prevails. Caesar’s interest is not only in the way we are, but with how we think about the way we are. there is real subject matter in this book and considerable skill in the manner of its decoding. Hunger Games is a reinforcement of common humanity. (Peter Porter)

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