Ian Nichols reviews Southern Edge in West Weekend Magazine (The West Australian), Saturday 21 February 2009: "The three narrative poems in this book explore reactions to loss, death and disappearance. They paint the situations and responses with a delicacy that is reminiscent of watercolour paintings; nothing harsh, softly edged, but nevertheless effective. The wife of a lighthouse keeper shares the death of her children in imagery that wavers as the light on the sea. A troubled couple explore their relationship against a mirror of the Southern Ocean, and one of them vanishes. A jetty becomes a palimpsest of traveller's tales. All this is written with a truly remarkable lyricism which has earned Barbara Temperton recognition and many awards."