Virtual launches

Ginninderra Press

Welcome to our virtual launches, showcasing recently published books that, because of Covid-19 restrictions, haven’t had a real launch.

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In this time of global pandemic when many of us are confined to our home or neighbourhood and simple things have come into focus, the words of Britain’s Poet Laureate, Sir Andrew Motion, seem especially apposite:

Honour the miraculous of the ordinary…that the things right under our noses are extraordinary, fascinating, irreplaceable, profound and just kind of marvellous.

Roger Higgins is a poet who honours the ordinary, everyday moments of our lives. Even in the most exotic locations, he sees the human detail – the vital, vibrant minutiae of a walk on a beach in Chile, the colours of a jungle in Micronesia, a long train journey in Kazakhstan, a paddock in Australia, a car crash, a relationship, a father’s new Holden.

Facing the Sky is a literary gourmet’s delight of poetic riches; a feast at which to savour the fruits of this keen observer’s intelligent eye. Here in this eclectic collection, nature is made tactile and childhood memories are brought to life; there is humour in a fish’s tale, near tragedy in a blue Fiat and a gentle philosophy of life that is both perceptive and resonant.

The poetry here is refreshingly honest, often powerful and evocative. Congratulations to Roger (champagne corks popping and loud applause) and allow me to close with a quote from ‘We are waiting for rain’ which, though not written for this strange new world in which we find ourselves, throws into sharp relief the prescience and perception of this poet:

We are waiting for a downpour to unburden the air and wash the bloody streets clean. We are waiting for a well-formed wave to curl and carry us to firmer land. We are waiting for good news to break over us

Jennifer Kloester, author

Facing the Sky is available from Ginninderra Press or through your favourite online bookseller.