- THE DOROTHY HEWETT AWARD
Six Different Windows
Ranging across art and poetry, the past and the present, homelands and far-off lands, Six Different Windowsmeditates on childhood, riffs on mythology, and draws on the familiar. Paul Hetherington’s new collection chronicles life in all its beauty and strangeness.
‘Everything in Six Different Windows, Paul Hetherington’s gorgeous new collection, is immaculately constructed, each line, each poem, and the book as a whole coming perfectly together toward their ends. Beginning in the world of childhood — here, brutal, the adults mostly absent — and moving into an adulthood launched by travel and illuminated by art, the collection finally comes full circle, bringing the poet and his eye back to where they began. In this return, we find an Australia rendered by experience and exposure worthy of excavation, of an attention that gives rise to an elegant, sure-footed, homegrown art.’ — Katharine Coles, Utah State Poet Laureate 2006–12
Won - 2014 Western Australian Premier's Book Award for Poetry
Praise for Six Different Windows:
Hetherington is alive to the forming of his own skills and direction as a poet, since ‘words ran into my teenage body / and wanted the shapes of poems’. He is a witty, cosmopolitan but never affected writer, with a meticulous ear and an intellect matched to his technical skills. Six Different Windows is one of the finest collections of poetry this year.CANBERRA TIMES
Both moving and unsettling in content, striking in expression and imagery, this is a rewarding and memorable collection.CORDITE POETRY REVIEW