Summer in Perth; a stinking hot summer in Perth. The city of shining glass towers has never felt stiller, dryer or more suffocating, with the heat vibrating, reflecting and magnifying through the air. The clear cool water of the swimming pool – the ‘chlorine palace’ – at Beatty Park draws a list of characters, seeking reprieve and escape, not just from the heat – also from life. For Jackie, it’s the first summer boys have noticed her change from girl to woman. To keep their attention, she’ll have to brave it on the high diving board. Bat Girl is like no other. For her, the pool is a giant echo chamber of sound in which she can escape. Driver Kevin has seen it all on his bus. He reflects as he passes the park, picking up dripping-wet kids and dropping them off along his route. Auntie’s staying at the refuge across the street. She’s up from Geraldton, baby Jerome on her hip, looking for his absentee mum. How hard could it be to find her in this city? Written in verse (don’t let that put you off), in seven parts, Cloudless is a lyrical poem telling a story of urban family, love and tragedy.
Cloudless is the first verse novel by Christine Evans – author, playwright and Associate Professor of Performing Arts at Georgetown University in the United States. Evans graduated from UTS in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Communication.