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The Smell of Oranges

Author: Chan, Jill Set In . . .
 Oceania, New Zealand
Genre: Other
Time Frame: None
Description: The Smell of Oranges

My mother would ask
if I wanted them cut or peeled.
I'd answer that I wanted them peeled
if only to see her fingers hold them
like clay to be molded.
After peeling their husk,
she would put her thumbs in the centre
and break each into halves;
Later separate the slices, one by one.

I marvel at the flexible skins
pulling away,
not ever breaking at the pressure.

Skillful and precise, Jill Chan's first book presents small poems of thought and perception, each carefully cut and shaped into emotional patterns, evoking scents, 'the smell of oranges.' They tell of stories: of relationships, madness, and everyday life, where art and world events can often leave you 'unprepared for a knife that has no edge.'
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