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Island of Wakefulness
Author: Marietta Elliott-Kleerkoper

ISBN: 9781876462444
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 364
Published: 1 October 2006
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 13.0
In this bilingual autobiographical collection, the poet celebrates different kinds of survival: the Holocaust; displacement; breast cancer. Through poetry, she has been able to transform these experiences, to make peace with them. That 'wakefulness' which is the legacy of ever-present danger is also a source of inspiration. Nevertheless, the poems sound a warning to those who overestimate the resilience of children: these early experiences of trauma will never be erased.

Understated, sparse, ironic, the poetry avoids sentimentality. The bilingual presentation adds a new and rich dimension.

'Elliott-Kleerkoper's work has, for me, always had a deeply bewitching calm surface over dark water. This collection reaches all the way down and raises us up, dripping, into the light.' - Ian McBryde

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