On Reflection: A Twenty-Twenty Vision

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“This is a genuinely innovative take on self-consciousness: it cheeks the character’s self-pitying hesitation to call himself a poet, celebrates his disappointments and listlessness, and neatly contrasts the ‘poetry of commerce’ with what the poet-hero produces – in a word, a memorable production.” — Michael Sharkey

David Musgrave is a sydney writer. His first novel Glissando: A Melodrama was published by Sleepers Publishing in 2010 and was shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Award for Fiction and for the UTS Glenda Adams New Writing Award. His poetry collection Phantom Limb (John Leonard press 2010) was awarded the Grace Leven prize for Poetry in 2011. In 2008 he won the Joesphine Ulrick, Newcastle and Alec Bolton Poetry Prizes. His other works include To Thalia (Five Islands, 2004), Watermark (Picaro, 2006) and Concrete Tuesday (Island, 2011).


On Reflection is a novelty. It is beautiful, delicate and memorable. The collection sweeps along philosophising possibilities, inventing life with breath-taking consciousness. In its own right, it reminds us to remain centred—in a word: read Musgrave.” HAROLD LEGASPI, Compulsive Reader