Full-length collection of poetry.“With its beer-drenched Blundstones, cricket balls retrieved from neighbour’s backyards, misbehaving pastor’s kids and crabs plucked from the Moyne river, O’Reilly’s poetry collects and curates a series of vernacular objects and experiences that comprise life in Australia and beyond. From the streets of Ballarat to the dry highways of WestFull-length collection of poetry.“With its beer-drenched Blundstones, cricket balls retrieved from neighbour’s backyards, misbehaving pastor’s kids and crabs plucked from the Moyne river, O’Reilly’s poetry collects and curates a series of vernacular objects and experiences that comprise life in Australia and beyond. From the streets of Ballarat to the dry highways of West Texas, from the floor of a petrol station in rural NSW to the evening sky seen from a Scottish beach, this poetry traverses continents, testing spaces and locations and finding them brimming with their own types of desire. Using a light touch and an elegant voice, Distance traces out nostalgia’s peculiar contours and emotional resonances, resulting in remarkable poetic moments that will return and whisper again to a reader even after the book is set down.” – Lachlan Brown, author of Limited Cities “Joseph Brodsky, the Russian Nobel laureate, once remarked that memory and art have in common the ‘ability to select, a taste for detail.’ In the work of Nathanael O'Reilly, memory and art come together to bring us poems that remember what cannot---what must not---be forgotten, in rich and telling detail and with a taste for quiet but incisive irony.” - Paul Kane, author of A Slant of Light, Work Life and Australian Poetry: Romanticism and Negativity“Nathanael O’Reilly’s poems sound the major themes of Australian poetry: landscape, displacement, yearning, and above all a critique of cultural narrowness. O’Reilly’s plain-spoken diction is often laced with understated wit, but is given ballast by its principled grounding in lived experience.” - Nicholas Birns, editor of Antipodes...
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The poems capture sometimes dramatic (i.e. accidents), sometimes romantic scenes from the author's life in different countries. Distant memories of times long past and places far away.Travelling and sight-seeing, concert-going (The Cure <3), meeting people. All in all very nice and interesting story telling poems.I like the calm and clear style, it's relaxing to read. Hard to choose favourites here, so many candidates for that. After this first read I'd say: The Backyard, the Coffee and BlueOne poem is titled North-Rhine Westfalia. That's where I live. Very interesting which impressions Nathanael has kept from his stay in our region. ;-)