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Friendly Fire

100 pages
Paperback, 21 x 14.8 cm
Published September 2005
ISBN 192088212X

Friendly Fire

Jennifer Maiden

The centrepiece of Jennifer Maiden’s new poetry collection is the sequence of ‘George Jeffreys’ poems written in response to September 11 and the Iraq war.

But Maiden’s poetry ranges widely, from the international to the national to the local, offering poems which focus with equal intensity on Donald Rumsfeld or Bob Carr, the deserts of Afghanistan or the rockpools at Austinmer beach, the policies of Nato or the exhibits at the local agricultural show.

The collection also includes what Maiden calls ‘parallel poems’, poems which are personal and intimate, and offer quiet meditations on nature and her closest relationships, particularly with her daughter Katharine. In these, the noise of politics and war is shut out, and the clarity of the landscape or the gestures of recognition that pass easily between mother and daughter, point to another, friendlier kind of understanding.


Friendly Fire is available from Quemar Press.

About the Author

Jennifer Maiden

Jennifer Maiden’s collections have won the NSW and Victorian Premier’s Poetry Prizes, the Age Poetry Book of the Year, and the Victorian Premier’s Award for Literature, the richest literary prize in Australia.

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Winner, The Age Book of the Year

Winner, The Age Poetry Book of the Year

Shortlisted, Queensland Premier’s Judith Wright Calanthe Award

Shortlisted, Adelaide Festival John Bray Award