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Walking on Ashes
Author: Winifred, Weir

ISBN: 9781921450242
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 80
Published: 1 October 2009
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 14.8
These poems explore the horrors and effects of war with fierce, unrelenting attention. The poetry is precise in its details and has a dignity and clarity that is hard-won. Winifred Weir can delineate feelings and perceptions with a subtle hand. Each tightly drawn line carries us into elegy, tragedy and loss with a brave, surefooted intensity. These poems are as genuine and moving as anything in contemporary poetry. - Judith Beveridge Win Weir's Walking on Ashes creates the story of an Australian family affected by two world wars. Weir's father, as a single young man with a promising athletic career, enlisted to fight in the First World War and lived through the horrors of the Gallipoli landing and the trench warfare in Flanders. Alcoholic, his future athletic plans ruined, hostile to his daughter and at times to his wife; difficult, angry and haunted by what he has seen, the father of Walking on Ashes is the focal point around whom the voices and lives of wife, son and daughter evolve and devolve, attempting to understand their estrangement from a war-survivor dad. It is a poetry that sues for understanding of what has happened to those who have fought in war; how men are changed ...

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