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Southbank, VIC, Australia
Australian Book Review
It is reasonable that poets, by the time they reach their mid-seventies, should be involved in projects which re-evaluate their current lives and poems in the light of early experience and expectations. This most recent book of Ron Pretty's - and it is by some distance his best - is built around the Swedish proverb. 'The afternoon knows what the morning never suspected,' treated not as an opportunity to gloat over the wisdom which age is supposed to bring but instead to puzzle out the weird discrepancies and disjunctions between the two states of 'what-I -was- then' and 'what-l-am-now '...