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What bass has boomed tonight
that braids
the hectic fractal of the heart
with stars
'Here is the poet-as-conjurer- navigating effortlessly between the metaphysical and the sheerly physical, Savige proves how much they are one and the same,' LUKE DAVIES
'Savige's stunning second volume braids the intersections of political histories and intimate love. With craft and commitment he animates the objects of this world to skyrocket effect. Surface to Air is a tough and tender book, it's just what we need.' PETER GIZZI
'In Savige's world it is the poet who can be 'entrusted with a planet' because only he can guide the word's wild power of illumination and shape humanity's tongue when all other language fails. It is a world that has - marvellously - fallen out of the habit of itself.' MTC CRONIN




'The poems in latecomers go beyond what we take for granted these days in a first collection: refinement of language and cadence, allusiveness, wit. Moving easily through abstract wonders and the streets of the inner city, they return for nourishment to family and 'the Island' – Bribie, its fishing-life and beaches – as a test always of what is native and endures.' DAVID MALOUF


'Jaya Savige is one of the most exciting young poets of the last few years. This first book is a big event, something new in the current climate of self-checked carefulness; as I read these poems I sense change emerging.' ROBERT ADAMSON


'Savige's voice is immediate, his eye, heart and mind are intelligent and sensitive. He reminds us of our lyrical traditions but obliterates their conservative inheritances, making total sense of the now.' PETER MINTER


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  • Paperback


    August 29, 2011


    84 pages

    RRP $24.95

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Also by Jaya Savige

Winner Of The 2004 Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize


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Fish In A Tree
Sir Henry Parkes: The Australian Colossus
The Ode Less Travelled
Doctor Who: Now We Are Six Hundred
Night Sky with Exit Wounds
The Abandoned Settlements
The Bone Flowers
A Sackful of Limericks
Selected Poems
Blue Laws
Of Love and Desire
Talking Dead
Made In Detroit
Deep Lane
Elegy For A Broken Machine
Meanjin First Edition