Poetry, Paperback, 96pp
Publication October 2009
The major part of Storm and Honey portrays the working life of a trawler’s crew, fishing in estuarine and coastal waters. It opens with the discovery of a child’s corpse inside the belly of a shark – an intensity which is held throughout as the poems respond to the visceral shock of the fishing, the characters of the men, and the power of light and wind and water.
These energies are so fully enacted in the language of the poems, in their visual and aural effects, that you feel there is a claim being made for poetry itself as an elemental power. Elsewhere there is delight and comedy too, in poetry’s ability to distil the storm.
Storm and Honey has won the 2010 Grace Leven Poetry Prize, and has been shortlisted for the 2010 NSW Premier’s Kenneth Slessor Award for Poetry.
About the author
Judith Beveridge is one of Australia’s most highly regarded poets, the author of three award-winning books of poetry, The Domesticity of Giraffes, Accidental Grace and Wolf Notes (Giramondo, 2003), which won both the Victorian Premier’s Award for Poetry and the Queensland Premier’s Judith Wright Calanthe Poetry Prize. Her poems are widely studied in schools and universities. She teaches creative writing at the University of Sydney, and is the poetry editor of Meanjin. In 2005 she was awarded the Philip Hodgins Memorial Medal for excellence in literature.