By Rosanna Licari
Full of beautiful lyrical and narrative poems, this thought-provoking assortment explores quite a few issues, together with the feel of belonging, the human situation, relations, being a stranger, love and wish, and beginnings and endings. Divided into 3 sections delineating the author's preoccupations together with her kinfolk historical past in Europe, youth, and the purchase and processing of expertise, this compilation—inspired through the poet’s mom, Sofia, who's the topic of numerous works—also bargains perception into lifestyles after immigration to Australia.
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She told me not to say anything but I hadn’t noticed her brother’s sunken chest. indd 43 28/04/10 3:34 PM One day I gave her a note for Geoffrey from Marist Brothers. She returned with the news that before he read it, he took it by the corner and said let the grease drip off. I said nothing about him saying it or her telling me. Nothing. Mother still tells me she regrets not putting an extra ‘s’ in my name. As if Rosanna wasn’t different enough. indd 44 28/04/10 3:34 PM Offerings My mother gives me a stiff look then mouths say you like them as her friend pulls the hand-me-downs out of the plastic bag: skirts hang over the knees necklines clutch at the throat, no boots or red bags, only stitched, zipped, buttoned cloth that hems my body, and my posture spells ingratitude to Mother.
Indd 45 28/04/10 3:34 PM His friend sang fuoco, fuochetto Father’s instruction to me was always simple: no playing with matches, and Are the stove and heater switched off? Â€ In the morning and afternoon he tended to the animals. An odd job for a man also afraid of disease. Â€ He attacked it regularly with salvoes of soap, metho and disinfectant. Mother couldn’t bear it. Â€ But somehow the advancing smoke through his hair and skin seemed to stay. In later years he’d douse the bathroom with bleach to put out the burning viruses.
I stub the cigarette out. I don’t know her. I’m suspicious of this daughter of a family friend, dressed in a pink twin-set. She tells me she’s at a wedding, my father is already old and he asks her to dance. She tells me she’s sixteen and has never danced before. â•¯. â•¯. â•¯. he counts as he takes her round the dance floor. indd 51 28/04/10 3:34 PM Fidgeting with her ring, she finishes: And as he took me round the hall I felt like a princess. indd 53 Hemispheres 53 1. circumpolar It’s said a son split his mother in half to form heaven and earth.
An Absence of Saints by Rosanna Licari