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Sparrow: Poems of a Refugee by Belinda Broughton

  • Sparrow: Poems of a Refugee by Belinda Broughton
Sparrow: Poems of a Refugee by Belinda Broughton

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Also available as an e-book, from most digital booksellers. But poetry on ebooks is awful. All the carefully positioned white punctuation is destroyed. Physical copies are better.

About 'Sparrow: Poems of a Refugee' by Belinda Broughton
by Dr Kate Deller-Evans [Flinders University, Sturt Road, Bedford Park, South Australia, 5042]

Under a bright Australian sun the fascinating tale of a European life comes to light. In a sequence of incisive poems Belinda Broughton narrates the voice of Ervin Janek: Hungarian artist and poet; son of a nun and ‘a certain Jewish man’; who makes his ‘own path’ out of abandonment and poverty, through streets where he can hold his own against cheats and bullies, and into the wider world of exotic experience.

Broughton revels in the linguistic portrayal of a character whose deprived childhood, forced Hitler Youth attendance, flirtation with monastic life, horse riding for a Baroness, and incarceration under Soviet control builds towards the pivotal uprising of 1956. In poems crafted with humour and sensitivity Broughton journeys with the character of Janek across the hippie trail to bring the refugee ‘Sparrow’ home to the provenance of the kookaburra. All through the rollercoaster ride, this riveting story will ensnare you.

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Next book, 
A Slip of the Tongue is at the publishers, Ginninderra Press. Due end 2017.