Judith Bishop

Judith Bishop reviews The Gang Of One: Selected poems by Robert Harris

Judith Bishop
22 July 2019

In a letter to a friend, American poet James Wright reflected on the meaning of a Selected Poems for a peer he considered undervalued: ‘It shows that defeat, though imminent for More

Judith Bishop reviews Crow College: New and selected poems by Emma Lew

Judith Bishop
15 April 2019

Original voices are always slippery to describe. The familiar weighing mechanism More

Books of the Year 2018

Michelle de Kretser, et al.
26 November 2018

To celebrate the best books of 2018, Australian Book Review invited nearly forty contributors to nominate their favourite titles. Contributors include Michelle de Kretser


Judith Bishop reviews 'An Open Book' by David Malouf

Judith Bishop
23 November 2018

It is a curious thing, and not a little moving, to see writers celebrated for their work in other genres turn in later life with renewed vigour to poetry. David Malouf, like Clive James, h More

'Recital', a new poem by Judith Bishop

Judith Bishop
26 October 2018

Watching others love
        is something
many do, I guess –
not so much a pastime
        as a mode


Judith Bishop reviews 'Sun Music: New and selected poems' by Judith Beveridge

Judith Bishop
24 August 2018

The appearance of a New and Selected Poems by a widely loved and admired poet has all the pleasures of a major retrospective, but viewed alone, without the clamour of a gallery event. It More

Judith Bishop reviews 'Zanzibar Light' by Philip Mead

Judith Bishop
25 May 2018

There is a shimmering, ludic intelligence to this collection of poems, Philip Mead’s first since 1984. The word ‘comeback’ is apt, with its grace note of gladness for renewed possibi More

Jill Jones reviews 'Interval' by Judith Bishop

Jill Jones
27 March 2018

Judith Bishop’s Interval appears just over a decade since the publication of her first book, also using a one-word title, Event (Salt, 2007). This gap seems far too lon More

'The New Maps Keep a Weather Eye' by Judith Bishop

Judith Bishop
27 September 2017

Bold shades of autumn leaf – or blazing embers’ light,
bright to extinguished, as if fires set
in hearths huddled closely in the dirt were offset
by pallid oceans with their artificial light.
A More

'The Grey Parrot' by Judith Bishop

Judith Bishop
24 October 2016

The far city must make itself known
even here in the sitting room and
barred by winter branches. The skyline

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