Author(s): Maxine Beneba Clarke
'one of the most compelling voices in Australian poetry this decade' - Overland Literary Journal A haunting visit to the International Museum of Slavery, in Liverpool England. A feisty young black girl pushing back against authority. The joy and despair of single parenthood. A love-hate relationship with words. This collection brings the best of a decade-long international poetry career to the page.
one of the most compelling voices in Australian poetry this decade - Overland 'Maxine Beneba Clarke is a powerful and fearless storyteller, and this collection (FOREIGN SOIL) - written with exquisite sensitivity and yet uncompromising - will stay with you with the force of elemental truth. Clarke is the real deal, and will, if we're lucky, be an essential voice in world literature for years to come - Dave Eggers Clarke is a confident and highly skilled writer - Hannah Kent [Of Maxine's work] amazing - Tim Minchin Clarke lobs a molotov under any reader expecting a literary comfort zone ... this marks the arrival of a major new voice in the Australian literary landscape - Bookseller Publisher
Maxine Beneba Clarke is a widely published Australian writer of Afro-Caribbean descent and the author of the poetry collections GIL SCOTT HERON IS ON PAROLE and NOTHING HERE NEEDS FIXING. Maxine's short fiction, non-fiction and poetry have been published in numerous publications including Overland, The Age, Meanjin, The Saturday Paper and The Big Issue. Her critically acclaimed short fiction collection FOREIGN SOIL (2014) won the ABIA for Literary Fiction Book of the Year 2015, the 2015 Indie Book Award for Debut Fiction, and was shortlisted for the 2015 Stella Prize. Her memoir THE HATE RACE and her first children's picture book THE PATCHWORK BIKE will be published in 2016.