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Sweeping The Light Back Into The Mirror

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No. 08
every word we ever said to
each other
laid side by side on the
white grass
each tied with a single
strand of your black hair

Sweeping the Light Back Into the Mirror is an extended elegy and memorial for the poet’s mother. Brief, epigrammic aphorisms are contrasted with longer poems, some of which are about the commonplace aspects of a lived life: old shoes, the family stove, handwritten letters, and some of which move resolutely into elegiac record.

‘This moving and infinitely sustained sequence demonstrates a powerful talent and a masterful command of the large-scale architecture of a long sequence.’ - Thomas Shapcott

‘Shepherdson’s virtuosic interplay is evident in nearly every line and in the way the poems build and gather momentum and dynamic tension. The poet uses language to keep perception and the unutterable alive.’ - Judith Beveridge

Nathan Shepherdson, author of Apples With Human Skin, and Sweeping The Light Back Into the Mirror
Photo by Speed Poets

Nathan Shepherdson

Nathan Shepherdson lives in the Glasshouse Mountains in south-east Queensland. In 2005, he won the Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize for his beautiful, elegiac volume of poetry Sweeping the Light Back into the Mirror. It went on to win and be shortlisted for a number of other awards. Apples with Human Skin is his second volume of poetry.