‘Each carefully crafted poem in this collection blends sensitivity with realism.Julie Thorndyke writes with an original and spirited voice that addresses contemporary themes, while paying due regard to tanka traditions.’ - Beverley George, Editor Eucalypt: a tanka journal
‘In this new collection, Julie Thorndyke demonstrates her mastery of the short form poetry we know as tanka. She has an innate sense of rhythm in her writing and, with her skilled use of figurative language, brings us moments that sometimes defy interpretation yet pierce to the bone.’ - Carole MacRury, Secretary/Treasurer, Tanka Society of America
‘Julie Thorndyke's second tanka collection more than fulfils the promise of her first, rick rack. In Carving Granite she reveals the light and shade of her world.’ - Amelia Fielden, poet and translator
This collection of tanka affords the attentive reader a dialogue with the author which is both intimate and universal; a glimpse of the inner world of this sensitive poet and a commentary on the joys and tribulations of human existence. rick rack offers poems of grief and vulnerability, joy and humour, passion and resignation, and the conscious acceptance of transience. Julie Thorndyke's commitment to this genre has earned her international recognition. She is among the leading poets writing tanka in Australia today.
'...you will enjoy it and be moved by it.' - Denis M. Garrison, Modern English Tanka
‘These warm, spare tanka move exquisitely between memory, imagination and emotion...’ - Kokako
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