Order – Gum Tree Burning

Joe Pascoe, Gum Tree Burning, Richmond: Reading Sideways Press, 2019

“The appeal in Pascoe is not just its slippery ambiguities of language but a kind of challenge that he puts to himself, where he explores the borders of his compassion, his temptation to malice and his pathos. […] The balance between irony and genuine emotion in the poems is in itself touching and it reminds me that this practice of reconciling ourselves to the tragicomedy of life is very hard to do without poetry.” Robert Nelson