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Internal Monologues

Written by Danijela Kambaskovic


In this book of poems, arranged in four cycles, the speakers are archetypal lovers who tell of great love gone wrong: Minerva addresses Jupiter; Iseult speaks to Tristan; Cupid longs for Psyche. Elsewhere Hamlet speaks to Ophelia; Venus to Mars; Mary to Joseph; Rapunzel to her prince; and the Child to Santa.

At the heart of these poems is wooing, suffering and living. Their narrative of love – and love lost – is one that can be traced through literature and through human experience across the ages.

‘… the narrative sequence in this slender volume packs a huge emotional punch.’ The West Australian

‘Her poetry is mirrored, mosaic: there is something ungraspable about these bold,
brave poems.’ Weekend Australian

ISBN 9781921888588 (Paperback)
Formats Lightning Source (203 x 133mm) (Paperback)
Categories Poetry
Pages 120
Publication Year 2013
Edition 1st
Publisher Fremantle Press
  • Danijela kambaskovic

    Danijela Kambaskovic

    Danijela Kambaskovic has worked as Assistant Professor, Shakespeare and Renaissance Studies at the University of Western Australia in Perth. From 2008 to 2010, she coordinated on-line courses on Shakespeare and Medieval studies for Macquarie University and Open Universities Australia. She aims to infect as many people as possible with the No-Future-Without-the-Past virus, and considers history her playpen. Danijela migrated from the Former Yugoslavia in 1999. She writes in two languages, reads several more and specialises in poetry translation. Her humorous epic The Williad: The Epic on the Epic appeared in Cordite Poetry Review. Poems from Internal Monologues have been published in the anthology Thirty Australian Poets edited by Felicity Plunkett (University of Queensland Press, 2012). Read more