History of Sadness

Louise Carter

Blake Poetry Prize Highly Commended is Sydney-based poet and member of the Writing & Society Research Centre at Western Sydney University, Louise Carter’s poem ‘History of Sadness’.

The judges said, “History of Sadness speaks to the times in which we live. It wrestles with the ‘inner misalignment’ of all things. A poem that has ‘smoke choked’ assonance, it is domestic and feminine and the everyday. It bursts with resonances of the rising spirit and our shared grief in 2020.”

Louise Carter is a Sydney-based poet. Her work has appeared in Best Australian Poems (2012 & 2015), Cordite Poetry Review, Meanjin, Westerly, Other Terrain Journal, and Seizure. She is a member of the Writing & Society Research Centre at Western Sydney University.