A complimentary copy of Falling and Flying, Poems on Ageing arrived in my mailbox this morning. The list of contributors reads like Who’s Who in the poetry circle in Australia–names such as Bruce Dawe, Rosemary Dobson, Robert Gray, Gwen Harwood, Dorothy Hewett, Clive James, Geoff Page and Dorothy Porter. I was humbled to see my own unknown name amongst the luminaries.
When Dr. Susan Ogle called to ask for permission to include my poem in the anthology, I told her my poem is not about ageing. It was about my grandmother’s memory of the murder of baby girls in China. I was flattered to be asked but though I couldn’t object to being included, I suggested to her that perhaps the poem may not sit well in a book on ageing.
Dr. Ogle persisted; pointing out that Dr. Richard Wu had already completed an illustration to accompany the poem. What can I say? I am overwhelmed that such a wonderful painting was created for my work.