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Wednesday 8 March 2017 3:50pm

Joanna Preston

The book

Tumble cover for NTIShe gripped lightly
with her knees, as she’d been taught. She didn’t
want wings. She wanted to fly on the thunder of hooves,
feel muscles surging beneath her. The word
in her head, matching stride –
free-ee-dom,
free-ee-dom, free-ee-dom – as she bent low
over the withers, pressing her cheek
against the finial’s neck, her own hair
a mane, streaming wild in the wind.

– From the poem ‘Silks’

This remarkable second collection by award-winning poet Joanna Preston charts a course for the journey from child to woman. Her bold and original voice swoops the reader from the ocean depths to the roof of the world, from nascent saints, Viking raids and fallen angels to talking cameras and an astronaut in space. Always, the human heartbeat is at stake, as Preston explores love, loss, longing and lust – how we stumble, how we soar.

tumble is a beautifully crafted collection that traverses traditional forms, the lyric and free verse. It is earthy and embodied, while at the same time woven through with myth and magical realism.

The author

Joanna Preston is an Australian-born poet, editor, and freelance writing tutor, who lives in a small rural town in Canterbury. In 2008 she won the inaugural Kathleen Grattan Award for Poetry for her first collection, The Summer King (OUP), which went on to win the 2010 Mary Gilmore Award for the best first poetry collection by an Australian author. Preston has edited/co-edited seven poetry anthologies; and has been co-editor of Kokako magazine and poetry editor for takahē magazine.

Publication details

Paperback, 210 x 148mm, 88pp
ISBN 9781990048197, $27.50
IN-STORE: NOV 2021