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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
Ron Pretty

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.
Helen Haynes

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 LakeMungo – 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 thepoems, rather, it leads the reader into the words unobtrusively.

Liz Edwards


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