Johnson’s unique gift here is to reveal, line to line, how vibrant real intimacy can be when the lover is present only in the dream one wakes from alone, transformed into “Spring rain/wet earth.”
An open conversation with family and friends, and with the things of this world, which traverses the stresses, the niggles and the sadnesses, but mostly the complexities of celebrating the everydayness, the ongoingness of living.
Taylor Johnson sings praises of the natural world and domesticity. Love poems abound (there’s even a love poem to boutique beer!) so that every page speaks of the ‘things our bodies need’ -– love, food, acceptance, shelter and belonging.
Heather Taylor Johnson moved from America to Australia in 1999. She is a poetry editor for Wet Ink magazine and a reviewer of poetry and fiction for various literary publications in Australia and America. Her first book of poetry, Exit Wounds, was published in 2007. She has acted as co-editor, judge and Australia Poetry’s Café Poet in residence. She also writes fiction, for which she has been longlisted for the Australian / Vogel award and granted a mentorship and a HarperCollins residency at the Varuna Writers’ House. She has a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Adelaide and teaches Creative Writing at Flinders University. She lives near the Port in Adelaide with her partner Dash, her three young children – Guthrow, Sunny and Matilda – and their dog Tom.