Poetry book - A common Garment Anita Patel

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In the candy pink hush
of this room—we gather around
a table scattered with teacups,
scruffy magazines and an
unfinished jigsaw puzzle …

From the afterword:

‘All of us are wrapped in our stories—in the prosaic and exquisite, in ordinary moments and complex relationships, in our history and our present lives. We are clothed in hope and loss, in happiness and sorrow, in anger and fear, in love and yearning. We all wear the common garment of humanity.’

In A Common Garment, Anita Patel reminds us that nothing is ordinary. These intensely sensuous poems are rich in flavour, scent, colour, and the sound and feel of languages that inhabit the body and shape our unique selves. The common garments here are those which we wear to signify the roles we choose and the roles we are expected to adopt: but more than this, they are the trappings of a shared humanity that we recognise through all social and cultural contingencies. Enamel-bright, and warm as a quickened pulse, this collection offers a tactile and resonant affirmation of all that makes the common so vital. – Oz Hardwick

Anita Patel has had work published in the Canberra Times, in Conversations (Pandanus Press, ANU), in Block 9, Burley Journal, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, Demos Journal, Mascara Literary Review, Not Very Quiet Journal, Cordite Poetry Review, Backstory Journal, Other Terrain Journal, Pink Cover Zine, FemAsia Magazine and Eucalypt: a tanka journal. Her children’s poems are included in an anthology Pardon My Garden published by Harper Collins. Her poem “Women’s Talk” won the ACT Writers Centre Poetry Prize in 2004 and her poetry was selected for and published in Australian Book Review’s States of Poetry ACT, 2018. She has performed her work at the Canberra Multicultural Festival, Poetry on the Move Festival, Noted Festival, Floriade Fringe Festival, In Other Words Festival (at Lost in Books, Fairfield), the Queensland Poetry Festival, the National Folk Festival, at Smith’s Alternative and at Word in Hand, Glebe. Her reviews, ‘Found in Translation’, on the performances of four Japanese women poets and their translators at Poetry on the Move Festival, 2017 and ‘No More Silent Waiting’, on the anthology Autonomy edited by Kathy D’Arcy (2018) have been published by Not Very Quiet Journal. She was the guest editor for Issue 2 of Not Very Quiet Journal.

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