Bonny Cassidy is a poet, essayist and critic, whose first collection, Certain Fathoms, was shortlisted for the 2012 Western Australian Premier’s Poetry Award. Her poetry has featured in the John Leonard Press Young Poets anthology, and in Black Inc’s Best Australian Poems four years running. She is the recipient of an Asialink literary fellowship, a Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship and the Australian Poetry Ireland Tour fellowship.
‘Final theory’ is a phrase which describes the attempt to find an absolute formula for the working of the universe. This book arrives somewhere less certain. Final Theory is a long poem told in episodes, combining two interwoven story lines. One follows a man and a woman as they travel through landscapes both pristine and ravaged. The other story portrays the sensations of a child, real or imagined, thrown into a distantly familiar world. Researched and composed in countries that were once part of the ancient supercontinent of Gondwana – New Zealand, Australia and Antarctica – the poem places its figures within vast scales of time and space. The focus on two generations, the near future and the far-off, raises questions about what place humans – and poetry – have in the unfinished process of chance and change.
Print ISBN : 978-1-922146-61-8
pp : 96