White Lines (Vertical) (2010) is a collection of poems by Dr Marcelle Freiman.
The volume is the outcome of a creative practice research project that explores, through poetry, a sense of identity, place and displacement.
Many of the poems use ekphrasis as a creative writing methodology, being based on Australian and other works of visual art, but the work is also deeply influenced by the author’s own life story, its place in history and in global and cultural migrations.
The work aims to contribute to cross-cultural writing in complex, dialogic and fractured ways, through addressing issues of historical South African whiteness, Jewish identity and memory.
White Lines (Vertical) was favourably reviewed in The Sydney Morning Herald (March 2010), where academic Kerryn Goldsworthy wrote: “These poems are full of colour and objects, lucid in their evocation of the material world and dependent on the quiddity of words”; and in TEXT: Journal of Writing and Writing Programs (October 2010); Transnational Literature (Vol 3, Issue 1 2010); and Westerly (Vol 55 no.1 2010).
A number of poems have also appeared in Australian literary magazines and anthologies, including The Newcastle Poetry Prize Anthology (2006) and literary journals Southerly, Westerly, Wet Ink, Quadrant and Mascara Literary Review (all funded by the Literature Board of Australia Council for the Arts), and the post-colonial journal Kunapipi.
Poems have also been publicly performed at The Art Gallery of New South Wales, The Police and Justice Museum, the S. H. Ervine Gallery of the National Trust, and The Powerhouse Museum and presented at literature and creative writing conferences in Australia and overseas.