With Natural Objectivity, New Poetry Collection Seeks Middle Way

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Dusty Kobald’s poems have a compelling, thoughtful lyricism reflecting on happenstance and destiny.

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NEWCASTLE, N.S.W.– (November 5, 2012) – Dusty Kobald’s life nearly ended with an accident that put her in a wheelchair. In her new poetry collection entitled Life’s Chances she reflects on happenstance and destiny, on the myriad choices open to one person and how they are made. She is a person who has taken quite a few chances herself – the view from the wheelchair is practical but inspiring, is of someone who has studied the limitations of life and refuses to let them grow into an ungovernable forest. Kobald’s mind vaults over these obstacles and takes her readers along with it.

Lest the readers think otherwise, Kobald’s poems partake very little of self-pity. What is obvious in her poems is a clear, untrammeled diction that serves a natural objectivity, an ability to take things philosophically and take her chances along with the rest. There is a yeoman’s strength in this. The poems show no pretense as to a higher or nobler purpose than the rest – rather, they seek to find the middle of the road, a way to share the poet’s experience on common ground.

Life’s Chances and the way they were given holds neither bitterness nor nonsense for Dusty Kobald. Time moves on in her poems. Although objective, quite a number of her vignettes are couched trenchantly and with an adroitness of language that blends subtly with the entire work. They are the finishing touches to what amounts to a compelling, thoughtful lyricism, to things well studied and said after all that the chances have been dealt out by God’s fate.

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About the Author

Dusty Kobald is 55 years old and comes from New Zealand and she has lived in Australia for 35 years. She has worked hard for quite a few years, and did time in the Army Reserves, too. She had a baby girl she called Chez-Ella, her pride and joy. Later, she had an accident and ended up in a wheelchair. The author is now a grandmother to Kaleb, whom she calls her little man. One day she plans to live in in the country and write spiritual poems, and walk with family and friends around her.

Life's Chances * by Dusty Kobald
Publication Date: October 5, 2010
Picture Book; AU$30.99; 24 pages; 978-1-4535-7987-9

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