Online Store
0
Home > Poetry > Parts Of Us
Parts Of Us
Download Hi-Res Cover




Parts Of Us

Author: Thomas Shapcott



In Parts of Us, Thomas Shapcott demonstrates why he remains one of the country’s leading poets.

Listen. The night is dark
though it’s amazing how much light
pretends otherwise - the stars
could be hidden by clouds but this
street and advertisement message
hoodwinks us into believing
our fate is otherwise.
We are alone.

Parts of Us
holds in balance a quiet maturity with a vital energy. Ranging from sonnet sequences to long lyrical meditations, dramatic monologues to more confessional works, these poems are imbued with verve, curiosity and elegant inquiry.

The collection is marked by an almost self-elegiac strain, an unflinching imagining of one’s own death, and a sense too of love fading, which serves as a brave and powerful corrective to the idealisation of some love poetry written by men about women.

In light of these themes, the lively ‘Adelaide Lunch Sonnets’ acquire additional weight and resonance. These poems are as sensual as figs that, soft as flesh, burst ‘to reveal that secret place where taste is lost in all the rich darkness of their heart’.
OTHER TITLES BY SHAPCOTT, THOMAS
The Moment Made Marvellous: A Celebration Of Uqp Poetry
The Moment Made Ma...
Thomas Shapcott


With poems by 70 of Australia's finest contemporary poets, this incomparable selection provides a delectable tour of our poetry from 1968 to 1998. Over 160 poems have been selected. They range from wr ...


The Moment Made Marvellous: Three Decades Of Uqp Poetry
The Moment Made Ma...
Thomas Shapcott


With poems by 70 of Australia's finest contemporary poets, this incomparable selection provides a delectable tour of our poetry from 1968 to 1998. Over 160 poems have been selected. They range from wr ...


Selected Poems: Thomas Shapcott
Selected Poems: Th...
Thomas Shapcott


This fine selection brings together the best work of one of Australia's most significant poets. The poems span some thirty years of his publications, from his early "Shabbytown Calendar" (1971) to po ...



Reviews