The birds respond
following as if agreed a
complicated edge. Point and
counterpoint the singing
Downstream the birds
– a final grace note.

Angela Gardner’s Parts of Speech, winner of the prestigious Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize in 2006, is an impressive addition to the UQP poetry series. Gardener’s poems are strongly influenced by her work as a visual artist – strange lines of observation – they are smart, fragmentary, preoccupied with language and its limits.

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