Islands of Disbelief — a Reprobate / GobQ Book

Islands of Disbelief by Judith Steele

Publication Date: October 8, 2022
Paperback, 106 pages, 5" x 7"
ISBN: 978-1-64871-465-8

"Boredom is going about someone else's business
too often, and for too long, and for no good reason."

Judith Steele's poems get to the heart of things. She and they experience and observe living, dying and family, aging and injury, the myths that were and the myths that replace them. And then, above all, there is the surrounding grace and presence of the nonhuman world.

"This is not vaporous poetry. Steele strikes flint. Sparks fly."

Douglas Spangle, Stewart H. Holbrook Litarary Award recipient; author, A White Concrete Day

"For Australian poet Judith Steele, not only the world of dreams but also the world of childhood is a great inspiration. Her poetry collection Islands of Disbelief draws from nature and myths. Her view of old age is unsentimentally precise. Nevertheless, confidence and a true zest for life permeate her verses: "Some grace drops into my dreams / between dreary islands of disbelief."

Florian Vetsch, poet, essayist, translator; author, The Fire Potions, Tanger Trance, and 43 New Poems

"Some of these poems cut like a knife into the undulating center of a waterbed. Others make myths of the mundane—first days of school, washing dirty nappies, growing old. Steele's work is humming and alive. Like the konjaks of Kupang, she says, 'Let's go.'"

Brenda Taulbee, author, The Art of Waking Up

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