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Red Morning Press, 2006 - Poetry - 63 pages
Poetry. In her remarkable first collection, Ivy Alvarez's MORTAL examines the relationship between Dee and Seph -- modern-day reinventions of Demeter and Persephone -- and how the specter of breast cancer affects them. 'Mortal' spans years and personalities, giving voice to mother and daughter in poems that are both visceral ("they had to unzip me / to let the cat / out of the bag // blood bathed my belly") and quietly elegant ("how do I hold you / I wonder, as I'm holding you").

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About the author (2006)

Ivy Alvarez is the author of Disturbance (Seren, 2013) and Mortal (2006). Her work appears in many publications, including Best Australian Poems, with some translated into Russian, Spanish, Japanese and Korean. Born in the Philippines and raised in Australia, she lived many years in the UK before moving to New Zealand. She made the Overland NUW Fair Australia Prize shortlist with her title Manufacture.

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