Difficult Gifts by Dawn Garisch
01 May 2011
Most of the poems in this collection had earlier lives in New Coin, New Contrast, Scrutiny2, Carapace, Fidelities, Green Dragon and Ons Klytlie.
Date of Publication: May 2011
Publisher: Modjaji Books
“There is a balance of emotion and craft in Dawn Garisch’s poetry, a seamless welding of raw experience and self-observation, of music and thought. She writes the most personal spaces, always lit by her wry, focused understanding.” – Ken Barris
“Dawn’s poems reveal a warm, keen eye for the intricacies, delicacies and difficulties of language and love.” – Tania van Schalkwyk
“The motif of the body is central to Garisch’s work; it changes – it can leave. It is also a place of sustenance, and offers the possibility of transcending grief. The images stay with me: the pungent eroticism in the poem ‘The Proper Use of Flowers’, or love encountered as a ‘trout that breathes polluted water’.” – Alan Finlay