By Paul Hetherington and Jen Webb
Paperback: $12.50 + p&h
Watching the World presents a variety of engaging and stimulating photographic views of the quotidian and unexpected aspects of Canberra, while also including new perspectives on some of Canberra’s more recognisable vistas and landmarks. The poems complement the images, providing a shifting and reciprocal chemistry throughout the book—nothing less than a fascinating and eddying dialogue between word and image.
Release: July 2015
87 pp. pbk
Category: Poetry and Photography
"It won’t surprise anyone familiar with Canberra to hear that the majority of these poems have a pastoral element. But before looking at Hetherington’s language more closely, it’s important to acknowledge the role of Webb’s photographs. Rather than offering a single answer to each poem, they act more as counterpoints, suggesting multiple interpretations of Hetherington’s lines. Human subjects are very few, with Canberra’s planned and unplanned landscapes the dominant theme."
—Alice Allan in Cordite Poetry Review (read full review)
"Now truly is a time to ‘watch the world’—surveil it even, ‘like a hundred hauntings’. Happily, Paul Hetherington and Jen Webb—in this luminous volume—are equable and responsible. At a protean time in Australian poetry, here is another most original artistic collaboration. Quotidianism in the authors’ hands is responsive, democratic and inspired."
"Watching the world is a quietly subversive work that looks at Canberra from an insider’s point of view – with a lot of affection but a willingness to cast an acerbic or questioning eye at times too."
—Whispering Gums (read full review)