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Halfway Up the Mountain/Hewett, Doroth/Paper/1863683143/S052-A1
Fremantle Arts Centre Press
"Halfway up the Mountain is an archaeological dig: of geographies, relationships, language, and personae. Hewett revisits locations on three journeys through time and place, through influences and impressions, discovering new identities in both herself and family, lovers, fellow poets, and acquaintances. The reader will discover new voices and reconnect with the child-Hewett, the political Hewett, explorer and femme fatale, sage and witness, as the poet travels through and beyond the body into the realms of the spirit. Layer on layer of the past is opened and investigated. Old pasts are reconsidered, new pasts imagined. There is a focus through time and memory on the isolation that ageing can bring, but the passion and the needs are as strong as ever, and still being sensuously engaged through language. Sex lives in the touch, in loss, and the evocation of a moment in time - the loss of some aspects of the physical world leads to an almost elegiac poetry of the body, bringing great beauty. This is a major work - and undeclared ars poetica, a vital exploration of the past and present." - John Kinsella.