Parts of Speech

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Macmillan, 2007 - Poetry - 91 pages
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A sure-footed collection that won the Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize in 2006, these poems are invigorated by compelling investigations of memory and politics. Sharing an emphasis on science and other realms of knowledge that poetry often avoids, individual poems take a variety of forms but offer intimate and lucid reflections on family life, nature, art, technology, and the imagination.
 

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Contents

Three hours out of Heathrow
3
Twelve postcards
22
Embedded
39
The unobserved life
45
Inflatodoll
52
Clean clothes
54
Standstill
60
Down from the hill
67
Bel canto
73
Bring your ear to my mouth
80
Time of flight
86
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About the author (2007)

David Dyergrew up in a coastal town in NSW, Australia, and graduated as dux of his high school in 1984. After commencing a degree in medicine and surgery at the University of Sydney, he soon decided it was not for him.

David went on to train as a ship's officer at the Australian Maritime College, travelling Australia and the world in a wide range of merchant ships. He graduated from the college with distinction and was awarded a number of prizes, including the Company of Master Mariners Award for highest overall achievement in the course. He then returned to the University of Sydney to complete a combined degree in Arts and Law. David was awarded the Frank Albert Prize for first place in Music I, High Distinctions in all English courses and First Class Honours in Law. From the mid-1990s until early 2000s David worked as a litigation lawyer in Sydney, and then in London at a legal practice whose parent firm represented the Titanic's owners back in 1912. In 2002 David returned to Australia and obtained a Diploma in Education from the University of New England, and commenced teaching English at Kambala, a school for girls in Sydney's eastern suburbs.

David has had a life-long obsession with the Titanic and has become an expert on the subject. In 2009 he was awarded a Commonwealth Government scholarship to write The Midni

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