by Sarah Day (Puncher & Wattmann)
Shortlisted for The Tasmania Book Prize
About the author
Awards for Sarah Day’s previous books include the Queensland Premier’s Award and the ACT Judith Wright Calanthe Award for poetry in 2005. She was awarded the University of Melbourne Wesley Michelle Wright Prize in 2005 and 2014. Her book Tempo was also shortlisted for the 2014 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards. She has read in festivals around Australia, Paris, UK and Portugal and her work has been translated into a number of languages and set to music in Australia and the UK. She lives in Hobart where she has enjoyed teaching creative writing to Year Twelve students for twenty years.
Light, as a physical and metaphorical entity recurs in many of the poems in this new collection by Sarah Day. Light makes its presence felt in these poems as a source of illumination and grace, it is also the means by which the flaws and discrepancies of the present and past are highlighted. Her poems range from the numinous to the social and political, her subjects are wide-ranging: time, light, migration, human foibles, and most recently, the impact of greed on society and the natural environment.
“Sarah Day is a poet of wonderful attentiveness. She notices everything, persuading us, as readers that she has seen and heard the living world truly. Wherever she stands, she gives lyrical utterance in Towards Light to our fresh, daily life, vibrant in its perpetuity.” (Christopher Wallace-Crabbe)