Romanticism and the Reef

Appropriations of nature
by
February–March 1987, no. 88

Poetry in Pictures: The Great Barrier Reef by Mark O’Connor and Neville Coleman

Hale & Iremonger, $9.95

Romanticism and the Reef

Appropriations of nature
by
February–March 1987, no. 88

Illustrations are almost mandatory for certain types of books, technical manuals, travel books. Illustrated poetry is not unheard of, but neither is it a common phenomenon in Australia, the normal perception being that poetry is a discrete and competent medium. Nevertheless, there are times when pictorial complementation has been thought desirable. Such a book is O’Connor and Coleman’s Poetry in Pictures: The Great Barrier Reef, which collects some of O’Connor’s reef poems and matches them up with some superb photographs of the birds and marine forms described. The result is a handsome book of the sort you might buy at a reef resort for a Thinking Friend back home.

Chris Tiffin reviews 'Poetry in Pictures: The Great Barrier Reef' by Mark O’Connor and Neville Coleman

Poetry in Pictures: The Great Barrier Reef

by Mark O’Connor and Neville Coleman

Hale & Iremonger, $9.95

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