Being Illustrated



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.




About Mary Tang

An urban orchardist everyday, a volunteer regularly, a poet sometimes and a blogger since March 2015. I travel when I can. Food is a constant.
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17 Responses to Being Illustrated

  1. Laurie Graves says:

    So beautiful! Congratulations, congratulations!


  2. Dalo 2013 says:

    Very cool, congratulations Mary!!!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. arlingwoman says:

    Congratulations on having the poem collected –and illustrated. It is very powerful and sad.

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  4. robert okaji says:

    Beautifully illustrated. And such a powerful piece of writing!

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  5. Both the poem and the illustration are amazing. You give me goose bumps. Well done Mary :)

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  6. taphian says:

    wonderful, Mary, congratulations. Fantastic work, regards Mitza

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  7. Superb poem, Mary. No-one could miss your message which describes the burden women of all ages carried

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  8. BunKaryudo says:

    They made a wonderful job of the illustration. You must be very proud. :)

    Liked by 1 person

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