connections to the humble Sparrow


You can get the book at:
Ginninderra Press
FishPond (Free shipping in Oz)
Book Depository (Free shipping outside OZ)
Also available as an e-book, from most digital booksellers. But poetry on ebooks is awful. All the carefully positioned white punctuation is destroyed. Just saying!

About Sparrow: Poems of a Refugee
By Dr Kate Deller-Evans [Flinders University, Sturt Road, Bedford Park, South Australia, 5042]

Under a bright Australian sun the fascinating tale of a European life comes to light. In a sequence of incisive poems Belinda Broughton narrates the voice of Ervin Janek: Hungarian artist and poet; son of a nun and ‘a certain Jewish man’; who makes his ‘own path’ out of abandonment and poverty, through streets where he can hold his own against cheats and bullies, and into the wider world of exotic experience.
Broughton revels in the linguistic portrayal of a character whose deprived childhood, forced Hitler Youth attendance, flirtation with monastic life, horse riding for a Baroness, and incarceration under Soviet control builds towards the pivotal uprising of 1956.
In poems crafted with humour and sensitivity Broughton journeys with the character of Janek across the hippie trail to bring the refugee ‘Swallow’ home to the provenance of the kookaburra. All through the rollercoaster ride, this riveting story will ensnare you.







The Initiation: photograph by Ervin Janek



Also, check out my protagonist’s artwork from the Night Thoughts, his exhibition of autobiographical art. He made the little bird on my cover.



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