(c) Melinda Smith 2011

First… Then… autism poetry book on sale now

In News on April 10, 2012 at 11:55 pm


To buy your copy from Ginninderra Press , scroll aaaaallll the way down to Melinda Smith, find my third book ‘First… Then…’ and click BUY NOW.

About the book

First…Then… is a short collection of 24 poems about autism, written by the mother of a son with ASD. The poems explore many different voices from planet autism – from verbal and non-verbal autistic children, to autistic men and women, to parents, carers and siblings. Some are moving, some are harrowing, and some are laugh-out-loud funny. Together they provide a unique window into a much misunderstood facet of the human experience.

The writing of the poems in First…Then… was supported by an ArtsACT new projects grant during 2011.  During that time the poems were drafted, redrafted, posted on this blog, and Tweeted and Facebooked to within an inch of their lives. Some of them were also published in other places (Tony Attwood’s website, Scottish Autism’s blog, Aspie in the Family, Quadrant Magazine, Blackmail Press, Geek Mook and ACT Carers’ Circle, to name a few – thanks to everyone involved for their support).

Now the poems are between two covers and ready to make their way out into the real world. Maybe they’re coming to your house ? I hope so.

PS: You can take a sneak peek inside the book by browsing around this blog. Start here. Enjoy.

PPS If you’re reading this before 12 April 2012 and you feel like coming to a launch or a reading, you’re invited ! Details here.

  1. OMG, Just about every word and line in your poem has gone through my head, my psyche, my every breathing moment since my daughter’s diagnosis of Asperger Like HIgh Functioning Austism on the 22 March. A nuclear bomb has hit my family and there is no escaping its insidious seepage into every aspect of our lives and the future. Will it ever get better?

    • Yes ! Yes ! It will get soooooo much better! There will still be tough times, and your tough times may look different to other families’ tough times. But the general trend is most definitely positive. In fact the likelihood is that you are going through your absolute most difficult patch right now. Hang in there sister, we’ re all rooting for you. And check out the Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism (Book and Blog) and Tony Attwood’s website.

  2. Hi Melinda,

    I really like your poems, they reflect the nature of autism very well & I wish you every success with First…Then…

    Later this year, I hope to publish in an anthology entitled “All Said & Done” (ASD). The book’s premise is to highlight and celebrate both the similarities and differences of the autistic mind and will include works from both autistic & non-autistic poets. The chosen poems will provide a snapshot of life in the 21st century, through the medium of verse – mostly humorous but some poignant. Royalties from sales will be donated to the National Autistic Society (UK based charity), who are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year (I’ve been a supporter of The NAS for sometime, as I have a 13 year old son with ASD).

    I would very much like to include some of your works within the book. Could you please let me know whether this would be a project you could support by e-mailing me (address removed to protect owner from spam)

    A prompt response (favourable or not) would be much appreciated.

    Kind Regards,


    • Would love to Dave – have emailed you separately. Cheers and thank you for reading (and appreciating) ! Melinda

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