“This, the poet’s first full-length collection, demonstrates consummate skill in painting metaphor.”
–Marissa Ker http://plumwoodmountain.com/marissa-ker-reviews-removing-the-kimono/
“Removing the Kimono is a book of intense honesty, recorded thought and experience. It’s an irresistibly attractive collection which I believe, will be long admired by everyone who reads it.”
–Michael Sharkey, Cordite Poetry Review.
Read the whole review: http://cordite.org.au/reviews/sharkey-carson/
“In Removing the Kimono, Anne M Carson explores a wide range of subjects with dauntless authenticity, tenderness, and humour. Along with memory poems, light-hearted or searing, there are poems on detective fiction, art works, and travel, as well as thrillingly immediate evocations of birdlife and bushland. In the memorably poignant middle section, Carson charts her relationship with her late husband through blossoming and fulfilment to sudden loss, with their journeys through outback Australia rendered with great vibrancy and emotional power … Informed by a passionate attentiveness, Carson’s poetic journey through grief and memory takes her deeper into the heart of life; honouring and celebration are the keynotes of this volume.”
Anne M Carson is a Melbourne writer and visual artist. Her poetry has been published both in the USA and widely in Australia including The Best Australian Poems (2005). She is the winner of 2011 Martha Richardson Poetry Prize and equal first-place winner in the 2011 Stones Winery Poetry Prize. She was Commended in the 2013 Max Harris Poetry Competition. She has curated two programs for Radio National’s Poetica and hosted a series of poetry and music soirées, most recently the River Soirée on Herring Island which raised funds for the Melbourne River Keepers. She teaches poetry to adults, is a trained social worker, and also works as a creative writing therapist. Her visual art is based on photography and botanical specimens. Her photographs and art panels have been exhibited in galleries and florist shops and used as greeting cards, bookmark and literary journal cover.
Anne M Carson writes with compassion and quiet wisdom. Aware of the preciousness of life and its finitude, her poems trace the interplay of light and dark. Drawing on her own visual art-making, they use a rich vocabulary for qualities of loss and illumination.