I would like to thank John Leonard for his comprehensive and detailed feedback, Ken Bolton and Ron Pretty for their helpful suggestions and Gig Ryan for advice on two poems.
‘Long Black’ is dedicated to John Anderson, ‘Home, Two Years Later’ to my late father and ‘Weeping Woman’ to Barrett Reid.
Some of thes poems have been previously published in Overland, Divan, Meanjin, Ars Poetica, Southerly, Island, Midday Horizon: First Choice of Australian Poets, The Temperament of Generations: Fifty Years of Writing in Meanjin, The Oxford Book of Australian Love Poems and Time's Collision With the Tongue: The Newcastle Poetry Prize Anthology 2000. Several have been broadcast on ABC Radio National.
Author's Note: ‘Why I Like You’, ‘I Like You’, ‘Rainbow’, ‘Map’, ‘Nuclear Waste’, and ‘Unsolved’ were based on several early and unfinished poems. These re-minted version are complete and definitive.