Slip Stream, by Paula Green (Auckland University Press, 2010), 80 pp., $24.95
How to lean the ladder against the wall or empty / the teapot or make a summer salad with heirloom tomatoes?’ How to carry on as normal while coping with breast cancer? Paula Green’s new collection, Slip Stream, is a brave look at this question. It details Green’s personal journey from the first hint of cancer, through biopsy, radiotherapy, and on to recovery. While the collection talks about her illness, it also asks: how can poetry capture such an experience?
SARAH JANE BARNETT is a poet and reviewer who lives in Wellington. Her reviews have appeared in New Zealand Books, The Lumière Reader, FishHead Magazine, and Victorious Magazine. Sarah is currently completing a creative writing PhD in the field of ecopoetics.