This 'Foreword' is a sustained essay surveying and assessing this first complete (and only) collection of Gloria Reid-Smith's poems: a lifetime of writing, from a woman born in Lancashire, who lived in Wales, England, Afghanistan and Australia. The essay discusses her poems in terms of their mediation between a traditional British cultural and religious sensibility and postcolonial vernaculars from where Reid-Smith lived. The essay argues that her poems embody both a 'regional' (Australian) sensibility and a poetic consciousness that re- and de-constructs traditional (British) literary imagination. As well, the essay discusses the role of the imagination in exploring be liminal connections between visionary (delusional?) and confessional poetry with insights into gender and class issues.
|Title of host publication||Collection of Poems by Gloria Reid-Smith|
|Place of Publication||Wagga Wagga|
|Publication status||Published - 2011|