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The white room poems by Anne Kellas

The white room poems

by Anne Kellas

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Reviewed by Geoff Page in The Australian on 13 February 2016, at

"It is difficult for a poet to learn from Paul Celan and remain a poet. André du Bouchet is one, and Anne Kellas is another. It is perhaps even more difficult for a poet to learn, as poet, from intense grief: The White Room Poems is a sanctuary where such grief is realized while also continuing to ache." – Kevin Hart (University of Virginia)

"Through the use of elliptical lines and concise, often surprising imagery, Kellas has forged a set of poems which interrogate both livelihood and language while remaining true to the lyric groundswell from which they spring. Her unerring focus on place and experience is simultaneously precise and visionary, and makes The White Room Poems a reading experience to savour."
– Kelwyn Sole (University of Cape Town) ( )
  anneofkells | Feb 16, 2016 |
"Kellas is here using poetry in one of the most important ways: to express the unbearable in words"
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"The White Room Poems are a mother's poems to the son she has lost to "the softly drug". How is it possible that they can be so beautiful and strong when they are so lost in this young man's cloud of unbeing? These poems never flinch, but that makes them even more fragile. These poems never stop singing in speech but that does not lift them from their stern night. These poems press on into the reader's heart, into anyone who has loved, into any parent who recognizes what this kind of loss might, just might, sound like if it was made into poetry."
– Kevin Brophy (University of Melbourne)
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