Cities makes playful and lyrical incursions into myth to explore the nature of grief for a mother while becoming a mother, and the difficulties of love, ranging from the extended sequence Persephone at 40 to a piercing series of poems about the death of White’s mother. A series of fragmentary ‘journal’ poems spanning from London to Berlin, arises in part from the tensions and strangeness of prolonged lockdown in both cities.
Petra White was born in Adelaide in 1975 and currently lives in Berlin with her husband and daughter. Her previous full-length collections include The Incoming Tide (2007), The Simplified World (2010), A Hunger (2014) and Reading for a Quiet Morning (2017). She received the Grace Leven Prize in 2010, and her work is currently included on the senior school syllabus in Victoria.
Petra White, Cities
2021. 148mm x 210mm. 64pp.
Release date: July 2021.