Sky Poems, Philip Salom’s third collection of poetry, opens out onto a new world – the Sky world – where reality is constantly being forged from the memories and experiences of its protagonists. Anything thought of in this world, anything desired, is instantly made real.Here are people and their patterns of mind caught in poems of great intensity, eroticism and power.Intellectually, emotionally, and linguistically adventurous, this is poetry that challenges yet remains accessible; it is forthright, passionate and deeply felt, yet disciplined and exceptionally well-crafted. It evidences a poet approaching the full pitch of his imagination and art.
‘Sky Poems is a brilliant suite of poems which utilises a convention, part-Chagall and part-Superman, to present us to ourselves as we really are. It is Surrealism with an especially deft way of handling the ‘real’ … His metaphor shows us what ‘heightened’ reality truly means.
There has been nothing quite like these poems in Australian poetry before… Sky Poems should be read by anyone who cares for scope and scale in poetry, and who enjoys language at full stretch.’
Published 1987, 1993.