Kangaroos in my blood and other poems, paperback
Author EA Horne
Paperback, 80 pages
From dreamtime to the cull, EA Horne’s poetic sequence Kangaroos in my blood is rooted firmly in country Australia, and is at once a love song and a lament.
A kind of dreaming from afar, Kangaroos is here flanked by poems that take us away in order to bring us home, wrenching us in and out of ourselves in language that is both tender and brutal, with “the rattle, thresh and slice/of currawong wings/so low and loud/I hear the effort it takes/to fly”.
Bounding from Europe to the high desert of New Mexico to Melbourne and the tablelands of New England, these are poems that ache with love and love of country, questioning the notions of patriotism, belonging and faith, understanding that “we are all temporary citizens”.
“charming, haunting and vividly real”
‘As wide-ranging and generous as their landscape of home, E. A. Horne’s poems find a beautiful balance between enthusiasm for living and subtle meditations on life’s complexities. Her observations are witty, sensual and earthed, as well as deeply felt. This is a collection to cherish: charming, haunting and vividly real.’