Rarely has the (covid normal) quotidian been so lovely – and so full of dread. Rarely has breath been so dangerous – or so treasured. Within the thoughtful cadences of Increments of The Everyday the world is going about its work – while a woman watches. Rose Lucas has achieved wonders.
This is a collection of poems not afraid to be still. While acknowledging anxiety, isolation and grief, Lucas invites us to breathe in the goodness of relationships, gardens and art…. This is a poetics of openness that Lucas has made quite her own.
Increments of the Everyday is an extended meditation on grief and healing. After every loss, there is damage, adjustment, and slow forward movement:
‘attuned attenuated/I am learning to walk/in a way I have not walked before’.
“These lockdown poems document the interval where human lives contracted as Covid-19 began its worldwide expansion… ideas of self and other are central to Increments of the Everyday…measured, steady, and attentive poems about suburban pandemic life”
FELICITY PLUNKETT, Australian Book Review
“In Lucas’s poems, delicate and complex glimpses of everydaylife accumulate, forming a record of the world in stasis- the pandemic’s standstill, yes, but also the immobilizing nature of grief, and the “intensified hiatus” of recovery after serious injusry…What brings these together in Increments of the Everyday is the transition from stillness to gentle movement, as fragility softens and finds a new rhythm in a changed but enduringly captivating world.”
ELLA JEFFERY, TEXT