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Fixing the Broken Nightingale

Poetry By Richard James Allen

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Fixing the Broken Nightingale contains poems of paradox, cynicism, tenderness, outrage and resignation, fleeting lust and enduring love, observation, invention and glimpses of enlightenment ...

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Chapter Overview

Natural Disasters,

The first part, Natural Disasters, consists of an array of darkly comic verse.

Unanswered Questions

The second section, Unanswered Questions, is a journey through love awakened, lost, remembered, deferred, rediscovered.

Occasional Truths

Part three, Occasional Truths, contains gentler, personal poems of family, reflections on aging and death.

Flickering Enlightenment

The fourth section, Flickering Enlightenment, explores themes of transcendence, doubt and surrender.

A Scheme for Brightness

The final part, A Scheme for Brightness, leading into the epilogue, probes and finally affirms the value of art and in particular poetry in the face of the daunting and unanswerable questions.

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Reviews on the Book

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William Yeoman

“A poet with a subtle, satirical bent, he often renders the mundane (spiders’ webs, umbrellas, text messages, taxis) luminous and metaphoric, while interrogating themes of love and loss with poignant artistry…Superb.”

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Image-Blurb-120x144pxLynne Lancaster

“Explosively powerful poetry, vividly, eloquently written and full of short, sharp immediacy.”
Sydney Arts Guide (full review)

 

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Kate Prendergast

“A reflection upon identity and mystery, desolation and exaltation, the stealth of desire and the tenacity of love…Elliptical and meditative…A deep humanity is palpable in Allen’s verse.”
Trove (full review)

 

Alice Allan

“The quest for enlightenment is … a concern in Richard James Allen’s Fixing the Broken Nightingale … there’s no more time to be tentative – this is poetry that lays its subjects bare, asks huge questions and refuses to allow us to read from a safe distance… Allen doesn’t ever seem daunted. On the contrary, he seems fearless, at times even exposed.
Cordite (full review)

 

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Mark Seton

“The ‘broken nightingale’ constantly hovers between pleasure and transience… full of rich, sometimes provocative, frequently evocative poetry.”
Australian Poetry Journal (full review)

 

 Gemma White

“In Fixing the Broken Nightingale Richard James Allen treats the reader to a wealth of clear, sparse, beautifully poised lyrics that play off the idea of poetry as a chronicle of life. Yet with his strong instinct for humour, strangeness, frailty, sadness and grit, Allen does much more than this.  These poems seem to come straight out of reality and deliver it whole.  The refreshing, fully alive poems in this collection show how simplicity and wisdom are still one very powerful combination.”
Melbourne Spoken Word (full review)

 

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Michele Seminara

“A small treasure of a book – one you might pop into your bag and dip into at idle moments for bursts of inspiration, contemplation or solace.”
Mascara Literary Review (full review)

 


Jacqui Wise

“Like a nightingale, Allen’s latest collection is small, delicate, and full of song. Some poems are fragile, some are witty, others sarcastic, and still others carry with them a sense of resignation.”
UTS Newsroom (full review)

 

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Kyra Bandte

Fixing the Broken Nightingale … is a journey from the comical and personal to the profound and provoking. … Fixing the Broken Nightingale first comically points a finger at the reader’s chest and then directs their gaze to the dark firmament of death, doubt, and smallness above them, leaving you with a feeling of having sped through life in a mere hundred pages.”
The NSW Writers’ Centre Blog (full review)

About the Author

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Australian born poet Richard James Allen’s recent collection of poems, Fixing the Broken Nightingale (Flying Island Books) is his tenth book as a poet, fiction, performance writer and editor: http://www.fixingthebrokennightingale.com/Widely published in anthologies, journals and online since winning the ‘under-21 section’ of the English Teachers Association of NSW National Writing Competition in 1980, Allen has been the recipient of numerous awards, nominations, grants, as well as opportunities for presentations, screenings and broadcasts, in a unique international career as an acclaimed writer, director, choreographer and performer. 

Earlier Books by Richard James Allen:

The Kamakaze Mind
Thursday’s Fictions
other books
Richard James Allen at the Australian Poetry Library

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About the book

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Fixing the Broken Nightingale contains poems of paradox, cynicism, tenderness, outrage and resignation, fleeting lust and enduring love, observation, invention and glimpses of enlightenment. Critically acclaimed as “superb” (West Australian), “entertaining” (Canberra Times, Sydney Morning Herald, Age), “fearless…dark yet hilarious” (Cordite), “explosively powerful” (Sydney Arts Guide), it is “a journey from the comical and personal to the profound and provoking” (NSW Writers’ Centre Blog), which “hovers between pleasure and transience…full of rich…evocative poetry” (Australian Poetry Journal), “a reflection upon identity and mystery, desolation and exaltation, the stealth of desire and the tenacity of love…elliptical and meditative” (Trove).


 

Published by Flying Island Books, an imprint of ASM (Macau)
and Cerberus Press (Markwell, NSW),
in their Australian Pocket Poets Series,
edited by Christopher (Kit) Kelen.
Book Cover Painting, “Evening, Woolloomooloo Bay”, by Michelle Hiscock.
Book Cover Design by Chris Song Zijiang.
Photograph of Richard James Allen by Kyle Powderly.
Graphic Design by Terri Bertakis.