Blank spaces, Tim Grgec

The Farewell Tourist
Alison Glenny
Otago University Press, $27.50,
ISBN 978198853129

All of Us
Adrienne Jansen and Carina Gallegos
Landing Press, $22.00,
ISBN 9780473451684

Louder
Kerrin P Sharpe
Victoria University Press, $25.00,
ISBN 9781776561964

Alison Glenny’s Kathleen Grattan Poetry award-winning debut collection, The Farewell Tourist, ends abruptly with an erasure: “You are twisted into my being / [The remainder of the letter is missing]”. The blank, barren space of Antarctica occupies each page like scatterings of snow, concealing much that’s left unsaid. Glenny offers an experimental range of form, piecing prose poetry, footnotes, fragmented dictionary definitions, appendices and epistolary excisions together as a narrative on loss.

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