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Anthony Lynch

Anthony Lynch

Anthony Lynch lives on the Bellarine Peninsula, Victoria, where he writes poetry, fiction, and reviews. His work has appeared in The Age, The Best Australian Poems, Island, and Southerly. His short story collection Redfin (2007) was shortlisted for the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards. His poetry collection Night Train was published in late 2011 by Clouds of Magellan. He is publisher at the independent publishing house Whitmore Press and an editor at Deakin University.

Anthony Lynch reviews 'Frank' by Jordie Albiston

May 2023, no. 453 26 April 2023
The Australian photographer Frank Hurley, who accompanied Antarctic expeditions led by Douglas Mawson and Ernest Shackleton, proved to be an able diarist as well as a skilful and adventurous photographer. While Hurley participated in a number of expeditions – as well as serving as an official war photographer in both world wars – the late and much missed poet Jordie Albiston has drawn on Hurle ... (read more)

Anthony Lynch reviews 'The Best Australian Stories 2009', edited by Delia Falconer

February 2010, no. 318 29 September 2022
In the introduction to this latest Best Australian Stories, Delia Falconer – in her second and, she advises, last year as editor – contends that the short story has greater affinities with the poem and the essay than with the novel. She rightly identifies the story as often ‘misunderstood in the public imagination as a kind of less demanding novel-in-miniature’. Stories, Falconer argues, a ... (read more)

Anthony Lynch reviews 'Antipodes, Vol. 22, No. 2' edited by Nicholas Birns

July-August 2009, no. 313 01 July 2009
The latest Antipodes opens with Katherine Bode’s provocative discussion of Roger McDonald’s The Ballad of Desmond Kale. Dissecting McDonald’s ‘fantasy of an all-white, all-male Australian society’, Bode’s essay also criticises Inga Clendinnen for exempting McDonald’s novel from her much-aired arguments against historical fiction. Bernadette Brennan draws on Maurice Blanchot to explor ... (read more)

Anthony Lynch reviews 'The Teeth of a Slow Machine' by Andrew Roff, 'What Fear Was' by Ben Walter, and 'An Exciting and Vivid Inner Life' by Paul Dalla Rosa

July 2022, no. 444 25 June 2022
In the wake of other recent compelling débuts – Paige Clark’s meticulously crafted and imagined She is Haunted being a standout – three new short story collections, varying markedly in tone, style, and setting, offer bold and unsettling visions of twenty-first-century life. The Teeth of a Slow Machine by Andrew Roff Wakefield Press, $29.95 pb, 207 pp Andrew Roff’s The Teeth of a Slow Ma ... (read more)

Anthony Lynch reviews 'Dark as Last Night' by Tony Birch

August 2021, no. 434 22 July 2021
‘And what is wrong with sad stories? The world is always sad.’ So advises Little Red, the aged, marginalised, knowing female character in the title story of Tony Birch’s latest short fiction collection. As in Birch’s previous works, Dark as Last Night contains an abundance of sad stories, but with grief and trauma ameliorated by the main protagonist’s affection for at least one other cha ... (read more)

Anthony Lynch reviews 'Old/New World: New & selected poems' by Peter Skrzynecki

November 2007, no. 296 01 November 2007
Peter Skrzynecki’s substantial Old/New World comprises selected work from his eight previous collections plus a new collection. From it we could extract his autobiography. We find the youthful son of Polish migrants; his growing awareness of his migrant ‘otherness’; his employment as a teacher in New England; the birth of his first child; the ageing and death of his parents; his passage thro ... (read more)

Anthony Lynch reviews 'Born Into This' by Adam Thompson

April 2021, no. 430 23 March 2021
When as a boy I listened to football on the radio, I would often hear mention of David Harris, a skilful midfielder who played for Geelong and Geelong West respectively in what were then the VFL and VFA. Harris was mostly known as ‘Darky’, not ‘David’. Recently, thanks to a YouTube interview, I learnt that Harris’s parents were Lebanese Australians. While in the interview Harris did not ... (read more)

Anthony Lynch reviews 'The Escape Sonnets' by Brian Edwards and 'Couchgrass' by Dominique Hecq

April 2007, no. 290 01 April 2007
Dominique Hecq and Brian Edwards are well versed in the contingencies of language, roaming in their poetry between experimentation and high tradition – at least in terms of content, if not so much in form. Both target the self-reflexive play of language early in their latest collections: Hecq in her title poem, with ‘words spreading / like couchgrass after summer rains / on my tongue’; Edwar ... (read more)

Anthony Lynch reviews 'I Con: New and selected poems' by Tim Thorne

February 2009, no. 308 01 February 2009
‘I could give ’em / enough social comment to fill a car park’ proffers the narrator in ‘Busking’, halfway through Tim Thorne’s I Con. In many ways, this book delivers on that promise. Thorne’s targets include war, colonisation, inequality, political deception, capitalism and celebrity. One moment he juxtaposes Dannii Minogue’s career with descriptions of police brutality; the next ... (read more)

Anthony Lynch reviews 'To Sculpt the Moment'

February 2009, no. 308 01 February 2009
Despite the deadly title, this anthology of twenty-eight poems from the 2008 Newcastle Poetry Prize is replete with gems. Assembled from 423 entries by judges Jan Owen, Philip Salom, and Richard Tipping – effectively the anthology’s editors – it is a brilliant sampler that few anthologies can match for the legroom offered to the longer poem and poetry sequence. ... (read more)
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