White Clay

Lucy Dougan



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.


Print ISBN : 978-1-920882-32-7
pp : 96
Published : October 2008


About the Author

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 currently 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 new online journal Axon: Creative Explorations. Her chapbooks Meanderthals (Web Del Sol) and Against Lawns (Picaro) were both published in 2011.