Concrete Tuesday contains two new sequences – the stunning “Grace”, which won the Josephine Ulrick Prize in 2008 and tells the story, backwards, of a man who loses his soul, and “The Poet’s House”, which was shortlisted for the Newcastle Poetry Prize in 2004 and which satirises the figure of an unnamed poet whose house has been turned into a museum on Sydney Harbour. In addition to these there are several new poems, some on the familiar theme of water and others on the theme of irretrievable loss.
David Musgrave is a poet, novelist critic and publisher who lives in Sydney. His work has won or been shortlisted for many awards, including the Grace Leven Poetry Prize, the WA Premier’s Book Awards and the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards.
“Some of the most effective short poems in this volume are those that show Musgrave's linguistic playfulness to its full advantage. At times, this manifests as a formal brashness and risk: in poems such as Nostalgia Addict, a sestina structured around challenging end-words including cradle, needle, reverses and cupboard. Elsewhere, Musgrave takes a more simple delight in odd juxtapositions and collections of found words.”
FIONA WRIGHT, The Australian