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The Rock in the Poet’s Bag

Kevin Densley, Adrienne Eberhard and Stephen Edgar are Australian poets. The other two books are by Jeffrey Burghauser, who is North American. Each poet has an internet profile which Quadrant readers can pursue. Kevin Densley’s Sacredly Profane is a fine collection and I enjoyed reading it straight through. Each poem has an astringency, often most intense in the literal denouement, the end-phase of the poem. His short poems have a powerful effect created by a dark or perhaps unexpected ending. Often there is a punchline. This adds a touch of retrospectivity to their appreciation, not unlike finding in hindsight that…

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