Life Before Man
Shady Cosgrove
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A household in flux, a global pandemic, and the mystifying negotiations and permutations of love.

This collection of prose poems explores the linked tensions of flight and longing: the immigrant caught on the other side of the world; the transformation of a home; the reckoning of motherhood. Often otherworldly, frequently affirming, and sometimes heartbreaking, these poems offer small meditations — circling overhead, descending into daily life.

Contributor Bio

Shady Cosgrove writes on Dharawal land and teaches creative writing at the University of Wollongong.

Her books include What the Ground Can't Hold (Picador) and She Played Elvis (Allen and Unwin).

Her short works have appeared in Best Australian Stories, Anthology of Australian Prose Poetry, Dreaming Awake, The Writing Mind, Cordite, Overland, Antipodes, Southerly, Island, takahe, Eunoia Review and various Spineless Wonders collections. She has judged the Joanne Burns Award and received an ANU Humanities Research Centre Fellowship, a Bundanon Artists Residency, the Varuna House Eleanor Dark Flagship Fellowship and a Nan Tien Temple and South Coast Writers Centre residency.