‘Dimitra Harvey's poems stand out for their arresting images and lines, for the precision with which they gather often raw, conflicting moments of perception. Harvey's poems inhabit dry, scarred, searing places, often bristling with menace, and speak them with the utmost eloquence and faithfulness to detail. At times exquisitely beautiful, at times a powerful register of human violence, A Fistful of Hail offers a wise and thoughtful collection of works to be read and reread.’—Peter Boyle
'I couldn’t resist Dimitra Harvey’s evocatively brocaded poem about yellow-tailed black cockatoos, Calyptorhynchus funereus. Astute observation is at the heart of this poem, the poet’s careful pinpointing of particulars is what makes it so memorable, but the poem is so much more than just descriptive, it evokes many tones of mood and it richly maps the birds to landscape, weather and to folklore ... What I enjoyed most is the way the birds intensely haunt the imagination of the speaker … We can see in Dimitra Harvey’s poem how the poetic imagination depends upon emotion, so that by the end, the speaker’s deep connection to the birds allows for an expansion and activation of knowledge.' —Judith Beveridge, Cordite.
Dimitra Harvey was born in Sydney to a Greek mother, and grew up on Wangal country. She has a Bachelor of Performance Studies from the University of Western Sydney, and a Master of Letters in Creative Writing from the University of Sydney. Her poems have appeared in Southerly, Meanjin, Mascara Literary Review, Cordite, and Philament, as well as anthologies such as The Best Australian Poems 2017, and speculative poetry anthology The Stars Like Sand. In 2012, she won the Australian Society of Authors’s Ray Koppe Young Writer's Residency.
Dimitra Harvey, A Fistful of Hail (dB3)
2018. 24pp. 120mm x 150mm ISBN 978-1-925735-12-3
deciBels series 3 (edited by Michelle Cahill and Dimitra Harvey)