An Australian author who provides insight into the human condition.


Saturday, May 11, 2013

The Changing Tide

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Pelicans hold their place on the changing tide
Indifferent apparently to its rise and fall.
In foul weather, they find refuge
Inland on the river
In the plump warmth of the colony.
Sheltered from nature’s assault,
They endure,
Finding solace in the quiet chorus of breath.
There is a lesson to be learnt from them.

©Christine M Knight

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Monday, April 22, 2013

German Mark

Monday, April 22, 2013

In clumps, they make a stand at Bonn station -
Eastern Goths of the modern day:
Bodies pierced,
Hair recut in the style of the barbarian,
Drab dark dress,
Colourless lives.
Separated from the affluent world that surrounds them
By an alcohol induced fog and a haze of tobacco and drugs,
The Goths, in solidarity, stamp against the cold and fading light.
Their graffitied environment,
Outmoded marks,
Record the impulse to imprint
That they were ...
An unaddressed wound in a wary West.

©Christine M Knight

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Monday, April 22, 2013

The Dispossessed

Monday, April 22, 2013


We are the descendants of the dispossessed.
They lived in disparate communities,
Enclaves in a vast land
Of drought, flooding rain, familiar light and primal life.
Adept at survival, 
Attuned to the timeless cycle of life, 
They hunted and gathered.
Unprepared for contact with an alien people,
Their ancient lands were acquired,
A slow, continuous process of violent dispossession.
Displaced, they were the uncounted people in colonisation.
Suffering from a clash of cultures with families torn asunder,
The survivors handed down their longing for return.

We are the descendants of the dispossessed.
They were outcasts,
Ripped from families,
Transported to a land
Of drought, flooding rain, harsh light, and rude life.
Ill prepared for settlement,
They struggled to survive in an alien world.
Dislocated, they longed for the distant climes of their homeland.
Suffering a restlessness founded on rejection and dissatisfaction,
They handed down their longing to successive generations.

We are the descendants of the dispossessed.
Their rendered records fade as does their meaning.
Their stories retold, at times in whispers,
Words changing with each generation, 
Reframe the past. 
Reality spun into an altered fabric.
We, their descendants, became Australians.

We are the descendants of the dispossessed.
Their written records, now redacted and revised, 
Reframe the past.
Their stories retold, shaped by changing agenda.
Reality spun into an altered fabric.
We, their descendants, became Australians.

We are the dispossessed,
Migrants in search of safe landfall,
Not the first, not the last.
We come by air.
We come by sea. 
We have our own strife to reconcile,
Our own demands of this lucky country,
This land of drought, flooding rain, and prosperity. 
We will be Australians.

© Christine M Knight

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Monday, April 22, 2013

The Shearing

Monday, April 22, 2013

Old men -

grey trousered,

open necked white shirts,

long sleeves rolled to the elbows,

black leather shoes -

Sit aligned

On the wooden barber’s bench.

Reticent men from another world

Witness to the shearing of a new generation.

The father -

long hair an echo of his generation's rebellion,

faded, downtrodden jeans,

coloured T-shirt declaring his fealty,

shabby sneakers -

Clashes with his son -

fashion dictated jeans and footwear

logoed T-shirt,


The argument,

Samson’s pride,

Forms the centre of the debate,

The son reclaiming

The razored induction into manhood.

Old men ruminate on the ritual,

The irony of fashion,

The source of strength ….

Knowing why one battles and the conviction it is right to do so.

©Christine M Knight

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      Wednesday, October 10, 2018

      Reflection on 'In and Out of Step'

      Wednesday, October 10, 2018

      Set between 1988-1990, In and Out of Step’s thesis picks-up on a period of significant change in Australian social and cultural history which mirror the wider western world. The novel reflects the popular perceptions of the era and explores reaction to changing roles and values, the relationship between generations, gender dynamics, and power in society through contrasting character perspectives.  

      The novel charts Cassie Sleight's (rhymes with slate) and her generation’s journeys in new and uncharted territory in their relationships: personal, social, and work after the second wave of the women’s movement.

      Life forces the women in my novels to reassess what they are doing, how they are doing it, and to evaluate who they are and want to be.

      Through Cassie’s experiences, the reader is entertained and provoked to consider the perceptions held and dualities of women’s roles in western society. That may suggest that this is a non-fiction work masquerading as fiction. However, this aspect is firmly set in the external world of the story and Cassie’s experiences.

      In and Out of Step explores:

      • how identity and relationships are shaped by the way gender operates and gender differences
      • how place—geography, attitudes, values, and culture—shape people’s lives and actions
      • the culture that supports and promotes sexual harassment in the workforce and social spheres
      • changing perceptions of gender roles
      • adapting to change in oneself and the wider world
      • the personal, social, and workplace influences that contribute to change.

      My novelsIn and Out of Step, Life Song, Song Bird portray the diverse and changing realities of women in the time the novels are set: 1980-1990, 1996-1998, 2000-2002.  The stories are anchored in the social and historical context of each period.

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      Saturday, August 12, 2017

      Life Song - a story of metamorphosis

      Saturday, August 12, 2017

      Twenty-two-year-old Mavis Mills first appears in my novel In and Out of Step. Outgoing, gregarious, and confident, Mavis is a significant secondary character in that novel.  Mavis' story - a subplot - is used to provide contrast to and insight into Cassie Sleight's (the central character) journey. 

      At one point in the novel, effervescent Mavis is severely injured – physically, emotionally, and psychologically - by domestic violence and the fire of her partner’s rage. He also destroys her guitar and the copies of her original songs. Part of  the subplot from In and Out of Step explores the context of the domestic violence and provides insight into the psychology of it. Excuses are not made.

      At the start of Life Song, Mavis is twenty-eight-years-old and very different from the young woman who shone throughout most of In and Out of Step. She is the central character in Life Song. She has become subdued, distrustful of her own judgement, and an echo of her former self. Unexpectedly, she discovers she has a choice: continue to live a life tainted by domestic violence or seize the opportunity before her and try to rise above her circumstance and, like the phoenix bird, leave the ashes of her past life behind.

      'Could she live the rest of her life as she'd been living. She couldn't, not now she'd glimpsed another world, fleeting though that vision had been.'

      Life Song is not a cliche 'chic musician on the road' story and is definitely not a romance. It is about the woman Mavis becomes and the people who stand by her as she undergoes transformation – physical, psychological, and to an extent spiritual. She does not solve her problems in the arms of a man but makes the hard choices herself.

      The drama comes from the tugs-of-war that Mavis has to work though. It is made all the harder because Mavis' heart is in conflict with itself. One person, no matter how strong, cannot win a tug-of-war alone. The same applies to Mavis.

      Readers learn about the things that give Mavis strength and that enable her to boldly embrace the inevitable changes coming into her life as she becomes Nikki Mills, the Song Bird from Oz.

      I recommend you listen to two songs from that novel: Sunshine Days and Life Song (A Vision Splendid) to get a feel for this story.

      There are many kinds of wins in life, most of them personal rather than widely acclaimed. It's those personal 'brave heart' moments that define Mavis. Reader feedback through my publisher and website is that Life Song is a gratifying read.

      As part of your journey in reading this blog,  I suggest you listen to Move On.  In my imagination, it is first sung by Mavis' support network, but ultimately the song becomes her personal mantra.

      Australia is a diverse landscape and has diverse communities. Life Song gives readers an opportunity to spend time in some of those communities. The title alludes to the fact that each character's life has its own melody and when sung in concert become the symphony that is Life Song


      Life Song is one of four novels in The Keimera Series. Each novel is a standalone narrative and has the backstory woven into it.  The Keimera Series is an opus.

      Keimera does not in any way allude to chimeraa monstrous fire-breathing hybrid creature from Greek mythology.

      If you would like to lend me your support so that I can produce more music from my novels, you can buy any of my songs from CD Baby.  Each of my songs can be purchased for the very small price of $1.69. My music is also on iTunes and other major online music sellers as well.

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      Sunday, June 25, 2017

      The story behind my song 'The Flame'

      Sunday, June 25, 2017

      'The Flame' features in my novel ‘Song Bird’. In the novel, it is sung by rock legend Rick Brody who serenades Nikki Mills (the central character in the novel). In real life, it was sung by Funnie Williams and Thanapat Yarchartoen (aka Film). I produced the song through Karma Sound Studios in Thailand.

      BACKSTORY TO 'THE FLAME' - The Singer or the Song?

      In ‘Song Bird’ and its prequel 'Life Song', Nikki Mills - the Girl from Oz - is a survivor of domestic violence. Once an innocent, she believed the very convincing serenade of her first significant love, Terry Kikby. Long before Nikki met Rick, his song 'The Flame' resonated with her.  She believed that Rick's songs really expressed his own ideas and values.

      Having been at the top of the music industry for sixteen years, Rick finds his music is dropping in the charts. Defined by his 'bad boy' image, he has lost sight of his real self. Consequently,  his music has lost its connection with his fan base. Interested in Nikki as a woman as much as in her skill as a lyricist, Rick collaborates with Nikki on a new album. 

      Flattered by Rick's interest in her and impressed by 'The Flame', Nikki embarks on a relationship with him.  A subplot in the novel explores the ramifications of that decision.  Can she help Rick find the heart that his music once had?  Will Nikki be hurt or healed by the relationship with him?  The answers are found in my novel 'Song Bird'. 

      Readers of this blog may also find the pop rock song 'Masque' and interesting insight into Rick and Nikki's relationship issues.

      I currently have 8 songs on CD Baby and iTunes. You can help me raise the money to produce the rest of my songs by buying one or more of my songs at the very small price of $1.69 per song. They are on sale at CD Baby and  iTunes. Online music streaming services such as Spotify and Deezer promote my music, but I only earn approximately one cent per one hundred streams. 

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