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Oliver Dennis

Oliver Dennis has written for a variety of publications, including Island and Meanjin. He edited Collected Poems: Lesbia Harford (2014).

Oliver Dennis reviews ‘In the Year of Our Lord Slaughter’s Children’ by Philip Hammial ‘Home Town Burial’ by Martin R. Johnson and ‘Loneliness’ by Maurice Strandgard

May 2004, no. 261 01 May 2004
Here are three volumes that offer differing responses to a world characterised by injustice, brutality and personal hardship. Far and away the most distinctive (and demanding) of these is Philip Hammial’s sixteenth collection, In the Year of Our Lord Slaughter’s Children. A contributor to John Tranter’s landmark anthology of 1979, The New Australian Poetry, American-born Hammial is known ... (read more)

Oliver Dennis reviews 'Freehold: A verse novel' by Geoff Page

April 2006, no. 280 01 April 2006
Geoff Page’s third verse novel – a form which, if we are to believe the cover puff, he has ‘made utterly his own’ – takes a broad and topical look at the problem of reconciliation in Australia. Reaching back to the 1840s, his narrative opens with an English settler’s account of establishing a successful cattle station on the Clarence River. Edward Coaldale is a liberal with an en-light ... (read more)

Oliver Dennis reviews 'Totem: Totem poem plus 40 love poems' by Luke Davies

August 2004, no. 263 01 August 2004
Luke Davies is best known as the author of Candy (1997), a novel about love and heroin addiction. His poetry, meanwhile, has attracted attention for its characteristic interest in how we relate to an unknowable universe; it is also unusual in that it draws on a more-than-everyday understanding of theoretical physics. In this latest volume, which comes in two parts – a long meditative poem follow ... (read more)