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Sea of Heartbeak (Unexpected Resilience)
by Les Wicks
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A wild ride across language, personalities and propositions that is ultimately about hope. These poems are often humorous and fierce, a mix of accessible and dense, concentrating on capturing the vernacular in unusual daily occurrences.
"Sea of Heartbeak (Unexpected Resilience) …is determined to take the reader on a dive beneath. It took me on a voyage which I found bracing and stimulating at the same time as it did not turn away from the discomforting reality of the costs our lives inflict on our futures".
—Rae Desmond Jones
For 35 years Les Wicks has been active in the Australian literary community. He has been a guest at most of the nation’s literary festivals, toured widely and been published in well over 250 different newspapers, anthologies and magazines across 17 countries in 9 languages. He has also worked as a publisher and editor.
Seen as both a ‘stage’ and ‘page’ poet, his work is a mix of accessibility and dense use of language. He is a master of capturing the vernacular. His poems can be both humorous and fierce, often in the same poem.
- Les Wicks, ‘Sea of Heartbeak (Unexpected Resilience)’ in Southerly
- Les Wicks, ‘Sea of Heartbeak’ in Mascara Literary Review
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Launch speech by Rae Desmond Jones for Sea of Heartbeak (Unexpected Resilience) at the Friend in Hand Hotel Glebe on 22nd June this year.