The Ascendant

$25.00 inc GST

Product Description

Zajkowski’s writing has that kind of imaginative rightness that tells us something essential about ourselves and reads like something no one has ever said before. Imbued with human vulnerability, mystery, wonder and awe, the poems testify to a largeness of vision about what poetry can be and what a poet can accomplish. If it is possible that sometimes the soul just ‘appears’ then it has done so in this fine collection.



“The influence of 20th-century central European poets such as Zbigniew Herbert and Vasko Popa is strong, but the emotions evoked are generally less intense — or perhaps more oblique and complex. Most of the poems are minimal in form and rarely run for more than a page. Some are only a few lines. The syntax is often deceptively straightforward but the effect can frequently be gnomic and/or sibylline. We are left to make of things what we can — not always a bad thing in poetry.”

GEOFF PAGE, The Australian