'Confessional Box'

Vanessa Page: 'Confessional Box'

It’s simple. A young woman, her love for her partner slipping away, looks at their suburb, and him, and their relationship, and writes bronze-clad poetry about it. Then she takes to the bush, describing its towns and picking at its history with the same clear eye she uses to examine her lost love. She combines a photographic exactness with a resounding turn of phrase and an ability to use a refrain just enough and no more.

[From Peter Kenneally’s review in ‘Australian Book Review’, May 2013].