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Sam Ryan

Sam Ryan

Sam Ryan is a PhD candidate at the University of Tasmania. His research is focused on poetry in Overland and Quadrant published between 1975 and 1985. He is particularly interested in the ways in which editorial practice can influence ideological readings in poetry in the genre of the literary journal.

Sam Ryan reviews two new poetry collections

November 2023, no. 459 24 September 2023
Tamryn Bennett’s Icaros and Willo Drummond’s Moon Wrasse both use the natural as their central motif. Nature has of course always been a font of inspiration for poets. These two poets draw from that font in vastly different ways. Bennett’s title refers to a form of South American song that is chanted during rituals of cleansing and healing that involve plants. Drummond’s refers to a hermap ... (read more)

Sam Ryan reviews '101 Poems' by Ron Pretty

May 2023, no. 453 26 April 2023
Ron Pretty has published eight collections of poetry and five chapbooks over his long career. His latest and perhaps last book, 101 Poems, from Pitt Street Poetry’s Collected Works series, includes pieces from his previous collections, as well as some new work. We start with The Habitat of Balance (1988) and go all the way through to his most recent collection, The Left Hand Mirror (2017), befor ... (read more)