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Retrospectives

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February 2006, no. 278

Agenda: Australian Issue edited by Patricia McCarthy

Agenda, Volume 41, Nos 1–2, Spring/Summer 2005, $35 pb, 222 pp

Jacket 28, October 2005 edited by John Tranter

http://jacketmagazine.com/28/

Retrospectives

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February 2006, no. 278

William Cookson was eighteen. He had been writing to Ezra Pound for three years. At last he spent a week in Italy with the great man. ‘Does he ever speak?’ Pound asked his mother. Nonetheless, or as a consequence, Pound encouraged Cookson to start a literary magazine. Cookson founded Agenda in 1959 and edited it until his death in 2003.

This is Agenda’s first Australian issue, a double issue crammed with good things. Agenda typically publishes established and new poets, and long sequences. This issue includes two young Australian poets whose poems you can read online (www.agendapoetry.co.uk), as well as striking poems from Judith Bishop, Michael Brennan, M.T.C. Cronin, Rosemary Dobson, Emma Lew, Les Murray, Peter Porter, Andrew Sant, Vivian Smith, Maria Takolander and John Tranter; as well as long poems from Peter Boyle, Chris Wallace-Crabbe, Alison Croggon and Kevin Hart.

Lisa Gorton reviews ‘Agenda: Australian Issue’ edited by Patricia McCarthy and ‘Jacket 28, October 2005’ edited by John Tranter

Agenda: Australian Issue

edited by Patricia McCarthy

Agenda, Volume 41, Nos 1–2, Spring/Summer 2005, $35 pb, 222 pp

Jacket 28, October 2005

edited by John Tranter

http://jacketmagazine.com/28/

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