William Blake said that ‘when the doors of perception are cleansed, every Thing
will appear as it is, Holy’. Well, your poetry doesn’t disclose a world that’s
holy, in Blake’s sense, far from it! But it shows us our world as it is, because
you see it through doors of perception that are well and truly ‘cleansed’. What
appears is unexpected, often uncomfortable, even confrontational. But new in
its freshness of seeing, and wholly devoid of any cynicism or world weariness.
It makes me feel that I’m experiencing things, no matter how familiar, and often
unfamiliar, for the first time. And clothed in what Blake would call ‘the Raiment
This SATURDAY from 2pm at COLLECTED WORKS Bookshop, Swanston Street, Melbourne,
there will be wine, poets and song to launch ANDREW BURKE's new collection
ONE HOUR SEED ANOTHER (Walleah Press)
To be launched by ANDY JACKSON, poet
To add to the festivities, FRANCESCA BUSSEY and friends will sing and play.
Wines from the Riverina area will be served.
(Photo of 'poetry for breakfast' by Annamaria Weldon)