Eighth Habitation

Adam Aitken



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


Print ISBN : 978 1 920882 46 4
pp : 144
Published : April 2009


About the Author

Adam Aitken grew up in London, Thailand and Malaysia, before coming to Australia in 1968. His previous book, Romeo and Juliet in Subtitles, was shortlisted for the South Australian Festival Award for poetry and the Age Book of the Year Award. Eighth Habitation, his fourth collection, was shortlisted for the John Bray Adelaide Festival Poetry Award in 2010.


Shortlisted for the John Bray Adelaide Festival Poetry Award in 2010.