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Falling light skims the earth,
like flat stones on water,
pushing shadows through trees
Widely published in other mediums, Pushing Shadows is Julie Hyndman’s first book of poetry. Her work draws on experiences of life, loss and love. Described as ‘life in words’ her poems create an emotional image in the reader’s mind, evoking a physical response − the reader can’t help but feel the words.
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Julie Hyndman has been writing for more than 18 years. Her work has appeared in a wide variety of publications in New South Wales and Queensland, as well as the International Poetry Anthology and an anthology with the Fellowship of Australian Writers Queensland. In 2009, Julie's poem Threads took third prize in an international poetry competition. In 2011 her poem A Place was awarded first prize in the Fellowship of Australian Writers Queensland's 2011 Annual Poetry Competition. Julie writes a regular column What's on Your Bedside Table for the Victorian publication Positive Words. Julie is also a freelance art writer and runs two blog pages; one for her writing - allpoetryandcreativewriting.com and the other about the Fly In Fly Out (FIFO) life - lifewithaflyinflyoutworker.com. This is her first published collection of poetry. She is also working on another book about her experiences as a FIFO wife. Julie lives in Queensland with her husband and their two sons.Review:
Julie Hyndman's poetry deftly engages us in a range of personal and natural perceptions. Her poems present both present and past personal and family relationships. Her perceptions of nature are equally consistent with her clear awareness of the perceiving self and the natural world. Her language throughout will also encourage a similar sympathy in the reader. Bruce Dawe - author of Sometimes Gladness In every present moment there exists an echo of the past and Pushing Shadows likes to play with these layers. Julie Hyndman is gifted at describing what's in front of her, but the result is often the finely observed Now shimmering from whole lifetimes of Before. Kristin Henry - author of Atheist in a Foxhole Pushing Shadows is the perfect title for this collection of highly personal poems in which light and shadow often feature. Each poem has its own pace and rhythm allowing open and honest feelings to flow. The generous white space gives time for reflection between poems. After the final page, I found myself wishing for more. This is what reading poetry is all about, immersing oneself in the imagery and ambience created by a writer with a gift for language. Jan Bentley - Creative Writing Tutor
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