Lucy Dougan’s first poetry book, Memory Shell won the Mary Gilmore Award. Her poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies. Her second collection, White Clay, was published by Giramondo in 2008. In 2006 the manuscript of White Clay won the Arts ACT Alec Bolton Award. She works in an administration and research position at the University of Western Australia’s Westerly Centre and is poetry editor of the University of Canberra’s online journal Axon: Creative Explorations. Her chapbooks Meanderthals (Web Del Sol) and Against Lawns (Picaro) were both published in 2011.
96 pages Paperback, 21 x 14.8 cm Published March 2015 ISBN 9781922146755
Many poems in this book explore the consolations that ‘the wild’ offers to the subjects of late modernism. The work is interested in the ways in which the past continually intrudes on the present, in all kinds of atavism, and in the ways in which pockets of wildness in built environments are a source of liveliness and a dark sort of energy.
96 pages Paperback, 21 x 14.8 cm Published October 2008 ISBN 9781920882327
A complex awareness of family life is at the heart of Lucy Dougan’s new collection.
Its narrative interweavings lead us from the world of books and romance into motherhood and its immersion in the world of children, then summon up, in turn, the poet’s own childhood, and its barely recognised estrangements, ‘the father that I did not know’, and later a whole new family, to be reclaimed as her own.
Dougan’s poems are alive to the intimations which exist at ‘the fugitive border of thought’, and celebrate the imagination’s power to mould, to recover, and to repair.