About the author

Eunice Andrada

About the book

Judges' report

Eunice Andrada’s second poetry collection meditates on the ethics of care and the need to dismantle in order to recollect, to recover, and to create. Andrada is a master of final lines, and many of these poems – ‘Subtle Asian Traits’, ‘Duolingo’, ‘Pipeline Polyptych’ – conclude with memorably succinct and inspired turns, as in the sardonic humour of ‘Don’t you hate it when women’, which goes from “kill the herbs on the windowsill /devote their year’s salary to take-out” to “kill the cop / the colonizer / the capitalist / living rent-free in their heads / demolish the altar built on their backs / without blame /walk away”. Andrada’s collection adroitly combines the personal, the political, and the geopolitical, narrated by a voice that is at once hip, witty, and deeply serious. Andrada has the imaginative ability to move between the memories of poet-narrators, historical asides, reflections on the nature of race and feminism in Australia, and questions of colonisation both locally and in the Philippines. Formally remarkable, stylistically impressive, and often surprising, TAKE CARE is a collection that understands the ways in which “There are things we must kill / so we can live to celebrate.”

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“This is a tremendous, transformative work of power and incendiary rage, and of resistance and survival against the odds.” – Eileen Chong, The Saturday Paper

“…these poems do not flirt around the intensity of their subject matter—they demand your recognition, as well as your unease.” – Donnalyn Xu, Mascara Literary Review

“TAKE CARE is a feminist reckoning.” – Thuy On, ArtsHub


Read an interview with Eunice Andrada by Cher Tan via Liminal Mag

Watch Eunice Andrada read from TAKE CARE, via Giramondo Publishing

 Listen to Ellen van Neerven and Eunice Andrada in conversation on Extraordinary Voices for Extraordinary Times via the University of Queensland Press

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