A Caterpillar on the Leaf

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For most of his long publishing career, Rae Desmond Jones’ poetry has specialised in precisely observed social and political phenomena. People and their often anti-social impulses as acted out in tension with their social context has given his poetry a capacity to unsettle and disturb, despite his capacity to portray the comic aspects of his subject’s humanity. In A Caterpillar On The Leaf, the Ghazal form allows him to explore deeper intuitive elements in his poetry not usually obvious before, but evident in his short novella Wisdom (published Blackwattle Press, Sydney 1995). These 50 poems are a record of a gifted narrative poet turning away from narrative in order to contemplate the deep psychological bases of literary and scientific meaning.


“If creativity is one of the best ways in which human beings respond to a positive perception of life out of their stunted bags of “i can”, we can count the fifty experiments in ghazal form contained in this book as a development of new ways in which the lyrical-poetic branch of creativity can move forward.” MARTIN DUWELL, Australian Poetry Review