In this collection of three long narrative poems, Temperton conjures up the highs and lows of the coastal environment to explore the effects of nature’s “Powerful forces at work” on human existence.
An impressive third collection written with flair, passion and the ability to look unpleasant realities in the eye.
PRAISE FOR THE BOOK
‘… these poems are alive in characterisation, imagery and sheer sound and they plunge on with their stories of love, madness, murder and mystery, all set in the booming sea-world of coastal south-western Western Australia and the Kimberley coast.’ Westerly
‘Verse narrative is easy to do badly and hard to do well — stories like these have to have the right balance of mythic resonance and elliptical, hermeneutical suspense. Southern Edge adds to the small group of successful Australian works in that genre: it’s a gem and a real surprise.’ Australian Poetry Review