VANESSA PAGE'S POETRY COLLECTION 'CONFESSIONAL BOX'
Vanessa Page's collection Confessional Box was launched in Brisbane in February 2013. The book was the winner of the FAW Anne Elder Award 2013.
Vanessa Page writes with the complex simplicity of an artist like Paul Klee, her language is : ‘skin, papered/ over skin’. The images chipped with such clean-lines from reality, they seem slightly surreal: ‘a cassette tape ribbon flying like a prayer flag from the brigalow’.Confessional Box is a carefully orchestrated book, its sections become whole stanzas, and each poem echoes with resonance. Page’s lines form a compelling narrative. A life unfolds as one reads, Page has created a world, both intimate and universal. Where cane fields and human figures are woven together with birds, animals and domestic scenes with Page’s painterly lines. There is an arresting music to this book, worked at deep pitch, performed with great skill and a compassionate vision.
Page’s poems are growth rings in the tree of human experience. Each poem is a layer of love and longing carefully laid down, where the continual struggle with concepts of ‘self’ can be read in the precise structure of each lyric cell. Like the embodied moment, these are poems to run your hands over and remember how they felt. They are the little confessions made to the landscape of our memories. Page’s sensual poems are a fine addition to the contemporary Australian lyric.
B. R. DIONYSIUS
F.A.W. NATIONAL LITERARY AWARDS 2013 [From the Judges' Report: Garth Madsen, Meg McNena]
'Confessional Box' by Vanessa Page - '... a powerful yet delicate work personal yet accessible. It drew upon the familiar landscapes of the home and showed the intimacy of revealed experience in three cohesive sections: homefires, bushfires, and embers. The effect was that the book held together as a single work of literature as well as a collection of individual poems....'