Frances Daggar Roberts
As the season changes they fly in convoy into the carpark shelter. They swoop and call around me as though I am known to them, but they own this empty space in the early hours. They weave and dive through the pylons for the empty space is theirs, and I am the unknown walker admitted to their company, though tracked with speed and squeals to the open door.
Frances Daggar Roberts is an Australian poet who grew up in a remote area where she began to write poetry to capture the love she felt for plants, animals and landscape.
She now lives in a bushland setting close to Sydney and works as a psychologist treating significant anxiety and depression. Compassion for those who struggle with such issues has led to the frequent exploration, in her more recent poetry, of human need, sorrow and resilience.