The Grapple Annual 1 has been reviewed on WritersBloc by Katelin Farnsworth.
This is what she said about my poem This one is true:
Poet Eleanor Malbon offers a heartbreaking poem This one is true. (December 25th) Such sad, striking images that linger long after you’ve read it. Please read it! I had goosebumps. Taking place on Christmas Day, it follows a young homeless man who is picked up from the side of the road. It recounts the conversation that takes place between the man and the narrator. I love the way the poet weaves visuals in and out of it, the way she uses language and the short, snappy sentences.
With an excerpt from This one is true:
‘and I tell him it’s Christmas
he tells me he forgot
politely, he asks what I did today
lunch with the family, wine and cricket in the arvo
when I stop the car he asks
and I give him all the change in my wallet
I don’t have any notes
it’s raining tonight’