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Verse at the Breakfast Table

On Murray’s Run by Joe Dolce Ginninderra Press, 2017, 210 pages, $30. (Available from bookshops, Ginninderra Press, or [email protected]) When writing about this collection of poems, I am aware of the long tradition of critical response from the inner sanctum of a poet’s life. These early responses to the work can be savage reminders to the poet that someone is listening very closely and with none of the distance of the wider audience that may or may not become the readers. When Emily Dickinson wrote “My Life had stood—a Loaded Gun”, it was to her sister-in-law, Susan Gilbert, who lived…

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