First… Then… poems from planet autism (Ginninderra Press, 2012)
The poems in First… Then… explore many different voices from ‘planet autism’ – from verbal and non-verbal autistic children to autistic men and women, to parents, carers and siblings. The focus is on the experience of living with autism, but you do not need to know or be an autistic person to enjoy this book. The poems are by turns moving, harrowing and laugh-out-loud funny and provide a unique window into a much misunderstood facet of the human experience.
978 1 74027 734 1, 48pp
Melinda’s earlier books Mapless in Underland (2004) and Pushing thirty, wearing seventeen (2001) are also available from Ginninderra Press.