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Cretive Life/Salom, Philip/Paper/1863683003/S040-F
Fremantle Arts Centre Press
A Cretive Life is Philip Salom's first collection since his New and Selected Poems. In these new poems he writes with great intensity and memory of experience always close to discovery and loss. Working up from this is the value underlying the punning title of the collection - life accretes in these poems. Like the central sequence "Preservation" - which won the 2000 Newcastle Poetry Prize - the poems are sometimes serious, sometimes humorous, but act as reclamations and enact a preservation from within the space of personal and cultural flux.
There are also the imaginative and inventive poems as palimpsest: poems which create ironic musings over the hexagrams of the I Ching, and over music and film. One group of poems revisits the rural experience of his father - and several poems move across the space of father-son - and how memory plays back the drama of our nearest worries and perceptions. But through this disciplined, exciting body of poems runs a major artery of affirmation.