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Gig Ryan - Manners of an Astronaut


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Gig Ryan - Manners of an Astronaut

The Shearsman Library 4
Published February 2018. Paperback, 86pp, 8.5 x 5.5ins, £9.95
ISBN 9781848615885 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]
Manners was Gig Ryan’s second collection, from 1984, and confirmed the impression she had made with her first book. It has been unavailable for some times although parts have reappeared in her New & Selected Poems (Bloodaxe, and Sydney’s Giramondo). As Martin Johnston said in a blurb for the first edition: “it marks… something new in Australian poetry: a deeply coherent ’discontinuous narrative’ in verse of hallucinatory vividness and continual wry wit, autobiographical without a trace of the derivatively confessional, lacerating without self-pity, demanding without pretentiousness or condescension. No one will find it comfortable reading. Ryan’s craftsmanship is impeccable, her vision bullshit-proof: both qualities to be greeted with loud hosannas.”

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