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Bonny Cassidy

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 most recent collection, Chatelaine, was shortlisted for the 2018 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Poetry and the 2018 Queensland Literary Award for Poetry. 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.

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Chatelaine

Bonny Cassidy

96 pages
Paperback, 21 x 14.8 cm
Published October 2017
ISBN 9781925336450

Chatelaine is a collection of poems whose personae, like a family portrait, resemble one another in foxed, latent ways. Its voices stalk across time and space, inhabiting genres of riddle, fragment, confession, lyric and ekphrasis, and returning to images of metamorphosis and possession.

Final Theory

Bonny Cassidy

96 pages
Paperback, 21 x 14.8 cm
Published July 2014
ISBN 9781922146618

‘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.

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