Keeper of the Ritual
Shey Marque’s debut full collection is wonderfully responsive to the complexity and sensuality of ocean, bush, animals, art and human relationships. The poems are always wryly intelligent, self-aware and carefully crafted, across an impressive variety of forms. She brings to this rich collection the forensic eye, curiosity and insight of both the scientist and the artist, revealing how much they have in common. Keeper of the Ritual gives us a welcome new voice in Australian poetry.
Marque writes with an ability to embrace both mood and moment. The poems flit effortlessly between the remembered and the remaining – ‘In water there is never any falling’ – between scripture and scene – ‘colour me back to another day’. An exquisitely crafted and assured collection.