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Opening the Windows to Catch the Sea Breeze

Selected poems 1983-2011

Geoff Goodfellow

Opening the Windows to Catch the Sea Breeze
Geoff Goodfellow has performed his poetry to prisoners and primary-school children, in tiny pubs and at international literary festivals. Opening the Windows to Catch the Sea Breeze showcases Geoff's personal favourites, poems that audiences have requested time and again.

Praise for Opening the Windows to Catch the Sea Breeze:
'People's poet Geoff Goodfellow knows how to boil down life's raw and tender moments into a few poignant words.' - Blanche Clark, Herald Sun Weekend

'There's a lot of anger inside the hard man of Australian poetry ... But neither is he afraid of revealing softer emotions ("I'm really just a pussy cat," he claims). He's written about his sister, who was beaten up severely by her husband, about the down-and-out characters who populate the street where he lives, about a lot of people whom poetry isn't normally about.' - Nikki Barrowclough, Good Weekend

'He has long been an evangelist for the power of poetry to connect with each and every life in a world saturated with sophisticated noise.' - Rosemary Sorensen, Courier-Mail

'Goodfellow is a master of understatement, displaying language-use from a time when people crafted spoken utterance as they might a neon sign or an engine-part, with an industrial-age pride in the job.' - Kerry Leves, Overland

'Goodfellow’s work confronts, risks assaulting sensibilities, but it is never without true feeling for the next bloke or sheila.' - John Miles, InDaily

'Geoff Goodfellow's Opening the Windows to Catch the Sea Breeze, drawing on his output from 1983 to 2011, seizes one by the elbow, tells a life story and catalogues a lifetime’s writing achievement.' - Christopher Ringrose, Australian Poetry Journal

'Here are poems for which [Geoff] clearly has genuine affection - those he considers his best, timeless work for which he wants to be remembered; it is not difficult to see why. His humanity, insight and compassion are on display in every poem, regardless of length ... This carefully selected collection reveals the poet at the peak of his craft; it will surely be enjoyed and appreciated by those willing to step into a thoughtful, perceptive, inspirational and, above all, honest man's shoes.' - Trevor Grant, Bibliofile, Vol. 13, No. 4

Geoff Goodfellow has been writing and publishing poetry for more than thirty years. He has performed for thousands of audiences, large and small, across Australia and in Canada, the United States, Cuba, China, Europe and the United Kingdom. Geoff's books have been reprinted many times. Poems for a Dead Father was short-listed for the Age Book of the Year Award.

Geoff Goodfellow lives by the sea, at Semaphore in Adelaide.
Format Paperback
Size 210 x 140 mm
ISBN 9781743052952
Extent 224 pages
Price: AU$29.95 including GST
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