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Lava Lamp Poems by Colleen Higgs

Lava Lamp Poems by Colleen Higgs

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The poems are cut with a bald, bare-blade honesty, a mind that makes unusual matches. Colleen fits apartheid paranoia with stubborn partying, then sums up an insane epoch in a sentence, One day the pool opened to all. This last line of my Yeoville is the ending of furtiveness, fear and zealous defiance. The book is an experience of heat, luminescence, and the wackiness of existence. It is the experience of being mesmerised, in confidence, no drugs involved, watching that lava lamp. Tracey Farren

The poems in Lava Lamp are compelling: at once conversational and uncanny. Colleen Higgs tells the truth but tells it slant, insisting on the singularity of everything that is familiar domesticity, marriage, motherhood, family. The sequence of poems set in Johannesburg is captivating. Finuala Dowling, poet and creative writing teacher.

ISBN 9781920397258

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Lava Lamp Poems

The poems are crafted with a bare-knuckled honesty and an unusually matched intellect. Colleen combines obstinate partying with apartheid-era anxiety before summarizing a wild time period with the phrase "One day the pool opened to everybody." This line is the culmination of covertness, dread, and fierce defiance. The book is a sensory experience of heat, light, and the absurdity of life. It is the sensation of being transfixed while viewing that lava lamp with complete confidence and without the use of any medications.

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