Author: Siobhan Harvey

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  • : $25.00(NZD)
  • : 9781877578809
  • : Otago University Press
  • : Otago University Press
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  • : January 2014
  • : 210mm X 148mm
  • : New Zealand
  • : April 2014
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"Cloudboy" is a deep-mulling, richly senstive account of a mother's ajustments to the needs of an autistic child. This prize-winning suite of poems grows out of extremes of love and frustration, as the poet introduces a bright, unpredictable, markedly individual boy to the rigid, often airless routines of the school system. Any empathetic parent knows the fears and anxieties of sending a young child into the world of other children, their casual cruelties and dreamy naivete. Each concern is exponentially increased when a child s educational and emotional needs set them apart. Cloudboy writes his own version of Genesis; he invents a new language; he sketches intricate maps; he reads Aristotle and develops an obsession with Dr Who; he interrupts; he sways; his "fists come clenched and swinging." To onlookers, Cloudboy seems troubled, trouble. Cirrus, cumulus, arcus, stratus: cloud forms speak to Harvey of the phases of the mother child bond; the mood-swings and leaps of her child s mind; the mutability of personality; the attraction and evaporation of human kindness; presence and absence; reverie and forgetfulness; the intensity and yet bittersweet transience of early childhood. With a limber, gorgeously metamorphic sense of sculptural and sonic aspects of poetic form, this book is a tender and detailed atlas of a child s imaginative potential. Yet one of the most remarkable gifts it reveals for us readers is Cloudmother s own finely calibrated perceptions."


Siobhan Harvey was the Winner of the Kathleen Grattan Poetry Award, 2013.