A powerful collection of poetry from an award-winning poet and black&write! Fellowship winner, The Body Country is an evocative exploration of a world that too often marginalises, and a meditation of wandering and wondering on Country. A Wergaia and Wemba Wemba woman, Susie Anderson captures profound meaning in moments often lost in the busyness of a day, encouraging us all to stop and allow ourselves the space to notice. To notice the shape of a mouth as it says goodbye; the colour of the sky as you fall in love; the way a steering wheel is turned carelessly after many wines; the crunch of dry ground after drought; the smell of fire on the wind; the movement of ants before rain; the power a word, a dress, a piece of art can give to run towards something new. These are poems that take us across rural and urban settings; from the personal to the universal, from looking inward to mapping the land and always bringing us back to the Country that connects us all.
This review was published in the DEC/FEB 2024 issue of The Art of Healing.