Bronwyn Lea was born in Tasmania and grew up in Papua New Guinea and the United States. Her books of poetry include Flight Animals and The Other Way Out, which won the South Australian Premier's Literary Award for Poetry and the Western Australian Premier's Book Award. Her poems have been widely anthologized and translated into Chinese, Spanish and Italian. She has attended the Squaw Valley Writers workshops in both poetry and fiction, and is the recipient of a Yaddo Fellowship. She lives in Brisbane and teaches at the University of Queensland.
A selection of Bronwyn Lea's poems from her previous collections, edited and with an introduction by Paul Kane.
"Bronwyn Lea cups each of her poems, like a palm around a match, dwelling upon the theme of elegiac courage in the face of a fragile emotion (be it grief over a lost lover or bliss over a fond tryst). Like her Welsh namesake from Celtic folklore, Lea writes lines, whose music might teach a starling to speak—and in so doing, she makes her voice heard above the traffic."
"What so excites me about Bronwyn Lea's poetry is its control and impact, its investigation and questioning, and the gap between cause and effect. Poems build steadily, surely, and without hyperbole towards an often devastating insight into the workings of the human psyche, or the nature of poetry itself. Her unique voice dwells in the realm of paradox—how to maintain order in the face of tension and disturbance, between art and the world it seeks to articulate and represent. The very fine poems selected for The Deep North are underpinned by poise, an unerring eye, and a fascination with specific 'local' details.... Lea's poems will get inside the reader; they brood, and wake you at night with the surprise of realisation."