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Kite and Quilt: Olives Senior's exploration of her poetic inheritance

Journal Article


Abstract


  • In the poem 'Ode to Pablo Neruda', published in her most recent collection of

    poetry, over the rooft of the world (2005), Olive Senior finds herself 'drifting and

    wordless', so far from the sea she cannot strike the right chord. The poet nanator

    calls upon the spirit and word-craft of Pablo Neruda to help her re-discover the

    lost measure that will move others:

    So I tum to find again something you said

    about grasping poetry like a thread?

    Here it is:

    You must spin it

    fly a thread

    and climb it ...

    This isn't a matter

    for deliberation

    its an order.

    ('Ode to Pablo Neruda' 92)

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Collett, A. A. (2012). Kite and Quilt: Olives Senior's exploration of her poetic inheritance. Kunapipi: journal of postcolonial writing, XXXIV (2), 123-131.

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/542

Number Of Pages


  • 8

Start Page


  • 123

End Page


  • 131

Volume


  • XXXIV

Issue


  • 2

Abstract


  • In the poem 'Ode to Pablo Neruda', published in her most recent collection of

    poetry, over the rooft of the world (2005), Olive Senior finds herself 'drifting and

    wordless', so far from the sea she cannot strike the right chord. The poet nanator

    calls upon the spirit and word-craft of Pablo Neruda to help her re-discover the

    lost measure that will move others:

    So I tum to find again something you said

    about grasping poetry like a thread?

    Here it is:

    You must spin it

    fly a thread

    and climb it ...

    This isn't a matter

    for deliberation

    its an order.

    ('Ode to Pablo Neruda' 92)

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Collett, A. A. (2012). Kite and Quilt: Olives Senior's exploration of her poetic inheritance. Kunapipi: journal of postcolonial writing, XXXIV (2), 123-131.

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/542

Number Of Pages


  • 8

Start Page


  • 123

End Page


  • 131

Volume


  • XXXIV

Issue


  • 2