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Tarp Green Light by Carl Walsh


Carl Walsh’s ‘Tarp Green Light’ is a first collection of poems that traverses a topography of history, memory, family and loss. Across four chapters, the poems navigate through lifetimes and landscapes. Rain falls and muddies the Yarra or swells rivers in Papua New Guinea. Seas bear Viking longships or rise as ice caps melt. Magpies chorus from childhood or a statue of Pan in Italy awakes. Children sleep in a bed their grandfather made and a Japanese castle leaps at sky – in poems that move between travelogue, autobiography and imagination.

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Carl Walsh lives and writes on Wurundjeri land. He’s obsessed with Japanese novels (in translation), prehistoric sites, Roman ruins, medieval castles, 70s prog music, 80s pop, new wave, twee, shoegaze and the odd bit of punk. He can also talk for hours about coffee and micro-brewed beers. Did he mention he has ADHD? Originally a tradie, Carl snuck into uni in his mid-twenties, after two years volunteering in PNG. He’s almost always written poetry – some poems in this book had their genesis in notebooks while backpacking in 1997. These days he’s a public servant, with a wonderful partner, Liz, pesky delightful children, Isabelle and Owen, and a blueberry-addled spoodle, Sandy. Carl’s poetry has appeared in StylusLit, Meanjin, Westerly, Rabbit, Tokyo Poetry Journal, Shearsman Magazine, Cordite Poetry Review, Wales Haiku Journal and Southerly amongst others.


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