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Brendan Ryan

Brendan Ryan reviews ‘Skinned by Light: Poems 1989–2002’ by Anthony Lawrence

November 2002, no. 246 01 November 2002
Anthony Lawrence’s latest collection of poetry, Skinned by Light: Poems 1989–2002, a revision of his New and Selected (1998), is a much tighter work than its predecessor – 121 as against 335 pages. While some may wonder why UQP has published another ‘Selected’ from Lawrence in the space of four years, the publication of his novel, In the Half Light (2000), justifies introducing Lawrence ... (read more)

'Woman Wearing a Hairnet', a poem by Brendan Ryan

May 2007, no. 291 01 May 2007
Hooded eyes, eyelashes thinning, she tailgates a semi,keeping up with him in case she breaks down.The truckie has her measure in his rear-view mirror –an old Falcon tracking the loneliness between Horsham and Koroit.Wide verges, scoria tracks radiating back to chimneyed farmhouses,the country she passes through steadies her like a needle:years of croquet, bowls and a Depression habit of not spen ... (read more)

Brendan Ryan reviews 'Agnostic Skies' by Geoff Page

February 2007, no. 288 01 February 2007
Geoff Page’s latest poetry collection is a wide-ranging survey of some of the issues affecting contemporary Australian life. Underpinning Page’s poems of cafés, apartments, classical music, outback murders and domestic violence is a meditation on approaching mortality and the very idea of belief. In Page’s previous collection, Darker and Lighter (2001), the troubling nature of belief was hi ... (read more)