Paradise, Later Years

Marion Quednau

Treading new ground of prose poetry, Marion Quednau is a juggler of juxtaposition, nothing is straight on; if there’s quiet beauty by the sea, there’s a passing warship. In Paradise, Later Years, Quednau’s lyricism bears witness to family, relationships and sex transformed by the tension—and surprise—of setting one thing against another, whether of river or lover. The verse in Paradise, Later Years is irreverent, the humour touching on the pain of recognition, making us shift our boundaries. Of the road trips Quednau recounts, no one comes out with the same skin of escape, or want, but new forms of redemption.