Author(s): Stephen McInerney
The poems in this collection celebrate experience in all its physical, sensual and emotional complexity from the streets and beaches of Sydney, where the author lives, to the remembered landscapes of a South Coast childhood; they range as far as Britain, France, and the rural villages of Greece. In every setting Stephen McInerney's clear eye evokes not only the particularity of a place, but the spiritual and philosophical depths beneath material things. To do so he employs all the technical resources of poetry, both traditional and experimental, writing in regular form when the subject demands it, but adventurous at times in his freedom. Thus every type of reader will find rewards in these pages.
Stephen McInerney grew up in Kiama on the New South Wales south coast, and attended boarding school in Sydney. He studied at the Australian National University, where he won the University Medal in English, the University of Sydney, where he was awarded his PhD, and the University of Cambridge, where he won the Theological Studies Prize. His previous book of poems, In Your Absence, was recommended in The Times Literary Supplement 'Books of the Year' in 2002. He lives in Sydney with his wife Eleni and their son Gerard, and is Senior Lecturer in Literature at Campion College.