An Absence of Saints by Rosanna Licari

By Rosanna Licari

Jam-packed with beautiful lyrical and narrative poems, this thought-provoking assortment explores a number of topics, together with the feel of belonging, the human , relatives, being a stranger, love and wish, and beginnings and endings. Divided into 3 sections delineating the author's preoccupations together with her kin historical past in Europe, formative years, and the purchase and processing of expertise, this compilation—inspired by means of the poet’s mom, Sofia, who's the topic of a number of works—also deals perception into lifestyles after immigration to Australia.

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Bus trip to mascot An old man in a trench coat trips onto the bus, and shoves Monopoly money at the driver. The other passengers look out the window at ducks on the pond. ‘I can’t take this,’ the driver says. Again, the old boy shoves the crimson five hundred at him. The driver raises his voice, tells him to get off. I look down at my lap as Father gets up to pay. 4. roast duck There’s hardly any light in the shed or talk. The bird shudders after the swing of the axe. The body is warm. Father and I pull out yellow feathers.

No dreams prepare you for this. We weep. My hand holds dry fingers numb skin that chills, my lips rest on father’s forehead spit can’t wipe the taste clean. indd 50 28/04/10 3:34 PM Olivia after the funeral Outside, my back against the rough brick of my mother’s house. She wants to tell me a story about my father. I stub the cigarette out. I don’t know her. I’m suspicious of this daughter of a family friend, dressed in a pink twin-set. She tells me she’s at a wedding, my father is already old and he asks her to dance.

The friend who always praised herself and her family. She told me not to say anything but I hadn’t noticed her brother’s sunken chest. indd 43 28/04/10 3:34 PM One day I gave her a note for Geoffrey from Marist Brothers. She returned with the news that before he read it, he took it by the corner and said let the grease drip off. I said nothing about him saying it or her telling me. Nothing. Mother still tells me she regrets not putting an extra ‘s’ in my name. As if Rosanna wasn’t different enough.

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