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The Best Australian Poems 2007 edited by Peter Rose & The Best Australian Poetry 2007 edited by John Tranter

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December 2007–January 2008, no. 297
Gregory Kratzmann reviews 'The Best Australian Poems 2007' edited by Peter Rose and 'The Best Australian Poetry 2007' edited by John Tranter

The Best Australian Poems 2007

edited by Peter Rose

Black Inc., $24.95 pb, 130 pp

Book Cover 2 Small

The Best Australian Poetry 2007

edited by John Tranter

University of Queensland Press, $24.95 pb, 101 pp

The Best Australian Poems 2007 edited by Peter Rose & The Best Australian Poetry 2007 edited by John Tranter

by
December 2007–January 2008, no. 297

Given the Howard government’s recent proposal to include the compulsory study of selected aspects of Australian history for secondary school students, perhaps it is time for more educators to follow the lead of Nicholas Jose and others in urging that Australian literature occupy a more prominent place in the school curriculum. Literature – and poetry in particular – does not have the political buzz that history possesses (especially since the recent ‘history wars’ have worked their way into public discourse), but there is a need for some healthy consciousness-raising about the flourishing state of Australian writing, which is often better understood beyond our shores than it is at home.

Gregory Kratzmann reviews 'The Best Australian Poems 2007' edited by Peter Rose and 'The Best Australian Poetry 2007' edited by John Tranter

The Best Australian Poems 2007

edited by Peter Rose

Black Inc., $24.95 pb, 130 pp

Book Cover 2 Small

The Best Australian Poetry 2007

edited by John Tranter

University of Queensland Press, $24.95 pb, 101 pp

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