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SLO-MO TSUNAMI And Other Poems, by Bruce Dawe

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 Contents - Feb 2012AD2000 February 2012 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: Climate change alarmism in the classroom - Michael Gilchrist
Curia: Benedict XVI names 22 new cardinals for his fourth consistory - Peter Westmore
News: The Church Around the World
Religious Freedom: Freedom of religion American style - Babette Francis
Law: Catholic politicians and same-sex 'marriage' - Michael Gilchrist
Culture Wars: Catholic universities and secularism - Achbishop Charles Chaput
Domus Australia: 'Roots and wings': a little corner of Australia in Rome - Fr Anthony Denton
Census: Growth and decline in the churches: research findings - Frank Mobbs
Youth: iWitness 2011: a celebration of young adult Catholic life - Br Barry Coldrey
Missionary outreach: Melbourne parish's gifts for a growing Fijian parish - Christopher Akehurst
Mission UK: Can pagan Britain recover its Christian identity?
Letters: Same-sex 'marriage' - Robert Bom
Letters: Unwelcome truth - Brian Coman
Letters: Abortion laws - Terry and Rosemary McDonnell
Letters: Human right? - Arnold Jago
Letters: SSPX schools - Ken Bayliss
Letters: Moral relativism - Fr Bernard McGrath
Letters: Interest invited - David Forster
Letters: Catholic reading - Gerard Wilson
Books: HOW TO GET EXPELLED FROM SCHOOL, by Ian Plimer - Michael Gilchrist (reviewer)
Books: THE RETURN OF MODERNISM:The Second Wave Revisited, by Dr J.N. Santamaria - David Perrin (reviewer)
Books: SLO-MO TSUNAMI And Other Poems, by Bruce Dawe - Michael Gilchrist (reviewer)
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Reflection: Pope's New Year Message for 2012 underlines the right use of freedom - Pope Benedict XVI

And Other Poems
by Bruce Dawe
(Puncher & Wattman, 2011, 82pp, $24.00. ISBN: 978-1-92415-043-3. Available from Freedom Publishing)

Australia's most popular poet, Bruce Dawe, is no stranger to readers of this journal as over the years he has submitted numerous poems on themes congenial to Catholic sensibilities. Slo-Mo Tsunami is the latest of a succession of Dawe collections over several decades.

Without a doubt Bruce Dawe is a modern poet for those normally turned off by "modern poetry". His poems are readily accessible to the average educated person and deal with a wide range of topics interesting and relevant to contemporary readers.

Here good poetry enjoys an advantage over normal prose. The poetic medium allows more latitude 'to tell it as it is', to be politically incorrect. Humour and irony are seldom far away from Dawe's poems, along with their down-to-earth Australian flavour.

For example, in his wickedly funny satire on the commercialisation of Christmas, titled "The 'True' Meaning of Christmas", Dawe quotes Bart Simpson as a preface: "Aren't we forgetting the true meaning of Christmas - the birth of the Baby Santa?"

The opening verse reads as follows: "In an igloo nice and warm/Secure from every Arctic storm/You'll find him whom you eagerly seek/And worship one December week/- That babe (by everyone adored)/Whom half of us cannot afford."

And the concluding verse: "But now the Price-Child has been born/Many await that later morn/When at the re-opening of each shop/Parents queue up again to swap/Dud batteries for ones that work ...".

Religious poems

Overtly religious poems are sprinkled throughout the collection along with others dealing with sport, pets, airport check-ins, politics, wars, wild life, TV, shopping, natural disasters and Dawe's own life story. Some of these have religious overtones. No wonder Dawe's collections have been listed for study at schools and universities: the poems make ideal springboards for discussion on topical issues and the students find them appealing and thought-provoking.

Readers of AD2000 might well award the prize for the most telling poem in the collection to "Committee Report for the New Universal Church of Good Intentions", a potent send-up of the dumbed-down cafeteria Catholicism so dear to church progressives.

Here are a couple of verses:

"We had, of course, little sympathy with that other/Medieval relict known as Sin;/Being ourselves so thoroughly non-judgemental,/We chucked that nasty concept in the bin!"

"Pope and Priesthood? Once we got our bearings/As post-conciliar democrats, we saw/That both would have to go, their places taken/By self-appointed lay-folk at the door."

This collection, like its predecessors, is highly recommended and deserves to sell well.

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 25 No 1 (February 2012), p. 16

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