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The Balcony

This collection is by turns erotic, visceral, political, satirical, philosophical and confessional – often all of these at the same time – and is always deeply and unabashedly sensual and lyrical.

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The Balcony is a stunning collection by one of Australia’s quiet masters of poetry. (Robert Adamson said of Brooks’ previous collection, Urban Elegies, that it contained some of ‘the best and most uplifting poetry that I have experienced in years’.) On first impression it is a volume of one hundred love poems in the tradition of Pablo Neruda’s The Captain’s Verses or Jacques Prévert’s Paroles, but on closer acquaintance becomes so much more.

From the snowy balconies of Central Europe to the white-hot suburbs of Sydney, these poems surface from the depths of a life learning to live to the fullest. Affirming that erotic love is one of the highest forms of contemplation, Brooks raises all that is beautiful in this world - and much that is not - so that it may be transformed into the body of the sacred.

David Brooks

David Brooks

is the author of five previous collections of poetry and several novels and works of short fiction. His The Book of Sei (1985) was heralded as the most impressive debut in Australian short fiction since Peter Carey’s. His novel The Fern Tattoo (UQP, 2007) was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award. The Sydney Morning Herald called his collection of poetry, The Balcony (UQP, 2008), ‘an electric performance’. Until 2013 he taught Australian Literature at The University of Sydney. In recent years he has devoted his writing increasingly to animal advocacy. He lives with rescued sheep in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales. In 2014 he was awarded a 2015/16 Australia Council Fellowship for services to Australian and international literature.