Eighth Habitation takes its name from the Buddhist notion of purgatory, a mystic realm where the meaning of a human life is judged.
The poems inhabit a range of landscapes and perspectives, in Indonesia, Cambodia, Thailand, China and Australia, with an empathy and understanding that suggests a consciousness imbued with an Asian sensibility.
Blending the traditional, the cosmopolitan and the unexpected in their observation of detail, the poems register the dignity and resilience of a world recovering from personal tragedy and the trauma of history.
‘a lucid and finally lyrical voice, wholly original on the Australian scene’ – MICHAEL BRENNAN
‘nuanced textures of meaning that pull you inside the words rather than merely to them … consistently remakes the language on the page’ – J.A. WAINWRIGHT