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The Rebels of Journey's End
The Fortune Bird
Nine Fabled Landscapes
1st Edition by Hutchison of London, 1966
2nd Edition by Penguin Books, 1969
Puffin Books, 1969
Illustrations by Douglas Hall
Jasmine Ward, First Magazine
The Fortune Bird, the author’s first book of poetry, is a collection of personal lyrics notable
for their emotional maturity and sparkling images. Reading these poems will take you around
the world and into a deep well of feeling
I think the poet writes estimable poetry about what she has experienced first hand. It is the
case with all of us. The Central West and the NZ poems are deeply affecting to me. Brooks is a poet very well worth reading. I was troubled at the time I opened the book and that
subsided and was replaced by joy as I read on.
Bernard Brown NZ poet
Each poem in The Fortune Bird provides such different images, some local and familiar, like
a new experience to contemplate and savour, especially at the end of the day.
Cabonne Women Writers Group
In her collection of poems Ten Fabled Landscapes, Diana Bell Brooks explores the changing nature of place from a range of perspectives. From the familiar, such as Orange’s Cook Park begonia house, to the wild – a Blue Mountains cliff face and the sandy surrounds of Lake Mungo – their distinctive elements examined. Other subjects, such as a church in Taize, France, are more confined and intimate, focusing on monks and pilgrims all in thrall to the solemn ritual. Diana’s use of black and white photos enhances but does not detract from the poems, rather, it leads the reader into the words unobtrusively.
Author Liz Edwards