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Michelle Cahill, Night Birds

"Michelle Cahill’s poetry thrives on cultural crossings, assembling the materials necessary to sustain an identity in multiple settings. The result is a poetry of observation in which the subject position, and so the way of seeing, is always in flux. We have no reason to suppose that the speaker of any given poem is the poet. Nothing is taken for granted, and anything might serve the purpose of explanation; this is poetry seeking constantly to find a place in the world. The lasting impression is of a language made beautifully specific, where the specifics in any given poem serve to construct, not simply reflect, the speaker’s environment." David Herd

Michelle Cahill is a Goan-Anglo-Indian poet who lives in Sydney. Born in Kenya she attended primary school in the UK. She graduated in Medicine and in Creative Arts. Michelle’s work has appeared in World Literature TodayHEATMeanjinAustralian Literary Review, Poetry Ireland Review,Poetry Review (UK) and has been recorded for the Goethe Institute. Her two collections of poetry have been shortlisted in national awards. She was awarded a mentorship in poetry from the Australian Society of Authors, highly commended in the 2009 Blake Poetry Prize, and in 2010 she received the Val Vallis Award and the Inverawe Nature Poetry Prize (minor). The recipient of an Australia Council for the Arts Residency at Sanskriti Kendra, New Delhi, in 2011, she is a Fellow at Hawthornden Castle.

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