The poems in BUSH MARY work on multiple levels woven from history, life experience and metaphor are visionary chords made of words. Images appear gradually, sometimes over several pages, like photographic prints forming in developing chemicals. I want to use the word 'mystical' here-- harsh and beautiful, these poems ache with reality and seem to bring poetry back to life again. This book reads as if written by a poet working before the last century of modernism; albeit aware of that era, it comes from the pre-dawn of poetry before it became clogged with the 'anxiety of influence' and experimental verse. Maybe the poems trace mystic notes.
Teena McCarthy is an Artist, Professional Hairdresser and Film Make-up Artist, Actor, Performance Artist and Photographer. Predominantly a self taught painter, McCarthy has since studied at the Julian Ashton Art School, the National Art School and is currently a 2nd year student at the College of Fine Arts at the University of New South Wales.
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