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    Published by the University of Western Australia Six Different Windows is my first exposure to Paul Hetherington but his eighth collection of poetry The collection is organised into six similarly themed selections The first section Corrugations really hit the sweet spot for the kind of poetry that I enjoy I don’t know if it’s middle age but I love pieces that riff off nostalgia and present a solid narrative Hetherington gives us 16 poems that focus on an Australia that’s immediately tangible for someone like me who grew up on the edge of suburbia My favourite is Chicken which tells the tale of revenge enacted on a bastard of a History teacherIt hadn’t been his bossy irritation or the murder of his dull monotone— these and other crimes we had forgiven It was what he did to noisy Amy who had Down syndrome and adored her chickens bringing a dead bantam into class hanging it from the ceiling ‘This a lesson for girls who should not talk unless they’re asked ’Next are seven poems corralled under the title of the first poem in this section Five Abstractions of Blue Here Hetherington becomes a little less direct and the poetry becomes strongly focussed on imagery As in Double Scull A scull planes on this early morning stretch of silver foiled water The sun’s upturning lip brushes on the horizon’s down turned scoop; The poetry from here becomes a little observational in the present moment The titular poem Six Different Windows headlines a section of the same name and here we a treated to Hetherington’s experiences travelling in this instance to Ireland England and Europe It’s beautiful language and imagery and despite it’s deviation from the first section I do find I like itThe section I liked the least was Afterlight Icarus and Ariadne which contained only four poems The poetry here is clever and funny especially The Muse Drafts Her Business Card but I while I could enjoy the poems it didn’t effect me on an emotional levelThe Vanished Villages heralds a section on well vanished habitations or peoples from Pompeii to mining at Coober Pedy an Inca Sacrifice to a 15th Century Greenlander The Vanished VillagesHere were undistinguished villagesof wood and freckled bricks and in betweena straggling remnant of forest hinting atborder raiders and ancient Saxon legendwhere women gathered washing into basketsgranting the landscape a practised scrutinyI like the speculative storytelling Hetherington engages in here building a reality from museum piece a landscape The collection finishes strongly with the section FindingsKeepings which sees a return to what I feel is an Australian context The poems here are varied in subject matter and approach We are treated to the poet’s childhood or past memories but there’s also speculative elements that featured in the previous section Six Different Windows as you would expect from a poet with 7 previous collections is a solid and enjoyable poetry experience I love the nostalgia fix he dishes out and am jealous of his skill with evocative imagery I’ll be chasing down of his work


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The collection finally comes full circle bringing the poet and his eye back to where they began In this return we find an Australia rendered by experience and exposure worthy of excavation of an attention that gives rise to an elegant sure footed homegrown art Katharine Coles Utah State Poet Laureate 2006 20. Chocolat en 4 ingrédients finally comes Le chocolat qui me fait craquer full circle bringing the poet and his eye back to where they began In this return we Coffret 4 mini-livres Nestlé Dessert find an Australia rendered by experience and exposure worthy of excavation of an attention that gives rise to an elegant sure Milka footed homegrown art Katharine Coles Utah State Poet Laureate 2006 20.

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Ranging across art and poetry the past and the present homelands and far off lands Six Different Windows meditates on childhood riffs on mythology and draws on the familiar Paul Hetherington's new collection of poetry chronicles life in all its beauty strangeness and mundanity Everything in Six Different Win. Le chocolat qui me fait craquer far off lands Six Different Windows meditates on childhood riffs on mythology and draws on the Chocolat familiar Paul Hetherington's new collection of poetry chronicles life in all its beauty strangeness and mundanity Everything in Six Different Win.

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Dows Paul Hetherington's gorgeous new collection is immaculately constructed each line each poem and the book as a whole coming perfectly together toward their ends Beginning in the world of childhood here brutal the adults mostly absent and moving into an adulthood launched by travel and illuminated by art.