'We sit in the warm dark watching container-ships ride on blue-black moonlit glitters. After long journeying arrived at the high tide of silence, after talk.' David Malouf's new collection comes to rest at the perfect, still moment of 'silence, following talk' after its exploration of memory, imagination and mortality. With elegance and wit, these poems move from profound depths to whimsy and playfulness. As Malouf interweaves light and dark, levity and gravity, he offers a vision of life on 'this patch/ of earth and its green things', charting the resilience of beauty amidst stubborn human grace. In his first full volume of poetry since Typewriter Music in 2007, David Malouf once again shows us why he is one of Australia's most enduring and respected writers.
David Malouf is a poet and writer who was awarded the Neustadt International Prize for Literature in 2000. He is the author of Dream Stuff, The Great World, winner of the Miles Franklin Prize, Remembering Babylon, which won the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and was short-listed for the Booker Prize, and the poetry collections Revolving Days and Typewriter Music.