Poet inspired by the colours, sounds and wildlife of the lake

When Kilaben Bay poet Jean  Kent would go walking before sunset, she would see mullet leaping out of the lake.  Picture: Max Mason-Hubers
When Kilaben Bay poet Jean Kent would go walking before sunset, she would see mullet leaping out of the lake. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers



 

THE magical moment of a mullet leaping out of Lake Macquarie has been captured in verse.

Kilaben Bay poet Jean Kent has released a new book called The Hour of Silvered Mullet.

‘‘It’s based on walks I used to do quite regularly around my neighbourhood,’’  Kent said.

She’d go walking before sunset.

‘‘Round about that time, you often see mullet leaping out of the lake,’’ she said.

‘‘They manage to catch this really bright, silvery white light.

‘‘I really like that idea of fish you think of being ordinary, suddenly leaping up and they look just wonderful.’’

She said Lake Macquarie was ‘‘an amazing place’’.

‘‘Even though it’s just suburbia and it seems quite ordinary, there are these moments of extraordinary beauty,’’ she said.

 Kent said she was ‘‘lucky to live at the top of the hill with a view of the lake’’.

‘‘You look out and the sailing boats suddenly appear with lovely white sails on the blue water,’’ she said.

‘‘There’s a lot of bush around and there are birds. All these things my poems are full of.’’ 

The book includes sequences set in the Hunter Valley and ‘‘old haunts’’ in the Queensland country towns of her childhood.

The Hour of Silvered Mullet is available from MacLean’s Bookstore, Hamilton, or online from publisher Pitt Street Poetry.