Oleander explores life's complexities, both beautiful and poisonous---love, death, art, the aftermath of war and genocide, travel, religion, revelation. More wide-ranging than Zerbst's previous volumes. Oleander charts experiences through which the self may be transformed.
Ever since her first collection. Parting Shots (1991). I have been a devoted fan of Fiona Zerbst's work. With Oleander, her fourth collection. Zerbst further establishes the sense that the poetic is her metier. Her poetry draws on its ancient lyric roots, unafraid to sing or lament, unashamed to be poetry. In my view. Zerbst refreshes a tradition of lyric poetry without gimmicks or recourse to exercises in form; rather, she achieves this by staying true to the spirit of a tradition, thus staying true to her metier. I remain enthralled.---Rustum Kozain
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Fiona is grounded in the depth of implosive images interwoven in a lyricism that captures an imagination that sings from the heart,leaving an imprint that speaks to one's mind long after you have put the book down. This collection is by far one of my favourite - Arthur Sithole