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Leaving New Jersey
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This collection recounts the story of leaving America, where the author was born, and of arriving in Australia, where she did not plan to stay. It is a tale of unsettling and resettling, of leaving as an ongoing process. Each micro-scene is a snapshot of time and place - spanning decades and moments, continents and conversations, wars, dreams and kitchen tables - to capture the psychological and spatial tensions between 'here' and 'there'. Leaving New Jersey is a lyrical re-experiencing of putting down roots and tearing them up, an extraordinary poetic account of an ordinary woman's quest for home.
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Prologue 1 Home Thanksgiving 7 Forks 8 Dress 9 Dinner 10 Table 11 Splat 12 Leaving Snap 15 Green 16 Pickle 17 Catwalk 18 Celebration 19 Journal I 20 Flood 21 Halevay 22 Pineapple 23 Horizon 24 Dismissal 25 Birth 26 Silence 27 Letter 28 Lilies 29 Rules 30 Journal II 31 Journal III 32 Lies 33 Divorce 34 Arriving Dream I 37 Lesson 38 Phonecall 39 Reunion 40 Palace 41 Mitzvah 42 Dream II 43 Redress 44 Journal IV 45 Pot 46 Graduation 47 Dreamhouse 48 Shabbat 49 Frizz 50 Theatre 51 Perfect 52 Sabbatical 53 Home Glimpse 57 Miracle 58 Welcome 59 Union 60 Citizen 61 Stroke 62 Grandchild 63 Journal V 64 Dream III 65 Tuesdays 66 Lucy 67 Epilogue 71

About the Author

Barbara Kamler was born in New Jersey and came to Australia in 1972. She is the author of many academic book titles, over sixty journal articles and book chapters, as well as a poetic memoir based on the life of Blanka Wise. She has published poetry in The Age, The Australian, Australian Poetry Journal, Poetrix, Poetry New Zealand and various anthologies. Barbara is Emeritus Professor at Deakin University, Melbourne, and mentors early career researchers on academic writing and publishing in Australia and overseas. She lives in Melbourne.

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Barbara Kamler's Leaving New Jersey is a captivating collection of prose poems. These lyrical, deeply moving poems work like sepia-tone postcards where family scenes are honed back to overheard talk, glimpsed expressions, streets and living rooms. The poems invite us, quietly, into the wistfulness and uncertainty that shadows moving from one country to another. Most importantly, the poems reveal a hard-won emotional depth and focus that is at the heart of these indelible, minimalist narratives; - Anthony Lawrence

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