Professor Paul Hetherington’s book, Moonlight on Oleander: Prose Poems, was launched by Associate Professor Cassandra Atherton at the National Library of Australia on Thursday 6th September, to a packed house. Of Moonlight on Oleander, Cassandra stated, “This book is extraordinary because it pushes the prose poem to its limit – there’s nothing timid about Paul’s use of the prose poem form. He draws on its flexibility to create new and exciting varieties and approaches – from narrative prose poems with long, looping sentences (almost like long reels of film), to stark elegies which are taut and compressed in their lamentation, to sleek prose poetry sequences that grow with a kind of slow gestation to become something bigger than the sum of their parts. Moonlight on Oleander is a significant book in Paul’s oeuvre; it speaks as much in its gaps and silences as it does in its beguiling lexicon.”
Moonlight on Oleander can be purchased here.