The Held and the Lost, by Kristen Roberts


The Held and the LostLove poems by Kristen Roberts, illustrated by Emma Wright

Paperback ISBN 978 0 9574596 8 7

Publication date: 27th February 2014
Page count: 36
Price: £5 (paperback)

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A moving collection of distinctly Australian poems about love, marriage and family life. These are love poems with their eyes wide open and scars defiantly on display, quietly optimistic but grounded in an acute understanding of the tragedies which people accumulate through life. Roberts’ measured descriptions of enduring love temper sadness with notes of beauty and transcendent joy.


About the author

Kristen RobertsKristen Roberts is a poet from Melbourne who loves writing on the front porch while her children play in the garden. Her poems have won several awards and been published in Award Winning Australian Writing, Quadrant, Australian Love Poems 2013, and page seventeen. This is her first solo collection.



‘The chief pleasure in Roberts poetry for me is in surprising turns of phrase – those elusive poetic descriptions which are entirely new and entirely accurate. Frequently a lifeless object speaks or sings: in Night music a house is “exhaling a long sigh”; in Through a night window “the stars are humming”; in Going home “the gate squeals like a blues trumpeter”. Frequently the verbs and adverbs surprise with their unexpected suitability, as when in Through a night window “a spider sits thickly” and, naughtily, the season is described as “late spring uncoiling”.’ — Harry Giles on Sabotage Reviews

‘With excellent detail and descriptive tones, the poems present snippets of Aussie life among the eucalypts, weatherboards, corella and dozers on farming land.’ – The Senior

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