Museum of Space

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Univ. of Queensland Press, 2004 - Poetry - 102 pages
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‘Questioning what it means to be human lies at the heart of this new collection byPeter Boyle. These are poems which intuit that a certain kind of looking is required in order to see. It is a gaze that has retained its human innocence, despite belonging to one who has grown aware through knowledge, experience and understanding.This innocence is the space one must retain in oneself in order to be filled andrefilled with life. These poems make this space available to anyone who is willing,with Boyle, to accept that the truth of being alive only “enters us endlessly when there seems to be nothing left to enter us”.’MTC CRONIN'Boyle cuts with a sharp scalpel into the hidden bag of desires, dreams and fears we drag behind us, exposing a repressed world waiting to be retrieved. His poetry comes directly from the unconscious and is still capable of speaking its dark language. His questions are straightforward, but the answers are not: What temperature is the box? / Cold, but there are small glints of burning as well. This is the voice of a mature poet who knows how to calmly illuminate the human shadow.'MIGUEL GOMES
 

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Contents

The Musician of Otherness
14
Before the Summer Rain
28
Moving On
37
Jottings III
53
Philosophers and Other World Leaders Etudes Part 2
67
Despair
80
Rachmaninoff Aged Five
85
TheShoe
98
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About the author (2004)

Peter Boyle is an Australian poet. His four collections of poetry are Coming home from the world (1994), The Blue Cloud of Crying (1997), What the painter saw in our faces (2001), and Museum of Space (2004). A selection of his translations of Cesar Vallejo, I am going to speak of hope, was published by the Peruvian Consulate, Sydney in 1999. He lives in Sydney where he works as a teacher.

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