True Thoughts by Pam Brown

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June 2009, no. 312
Jennifer Strauss reviews 'True Thoughts' by Pam Brown

True Thoughts

by Pam Brown

Salt Publishing, $35 hb, 80 pp

True Thoughts by Pam Brown

Reviewed by
June 2009, no. 312

Since her début in 1971, Pam Brown has been a consistently intelligent and engaging presence in Australian poetry, if too often under-represented in those reputation-establishers, the anthologies. One pragmatic reason for this may lie in a further element of consistency, the formal structure of her poems. Poems that spin their way down the page, resolutely short-lined, or ones that fragment lines and thought into zigzag patterns across the breadth of the page, are faithful to the characteristics of the New Australian Poetry celebrated in John Tranter’s 1979 anthology of that title. They are characteristics that Brown has honed finely over the years. They are also, from the point of view of anthologists and, more powerfully, their publishers, wilfully heedless of that most brutal constraint, the number of pages available for any given anthology.

Jennifer Strauss reviews 'True Thoughts' by Pam Brown

True Thoughts

by Pam Brown

Salt Publishing, $35 hb, 80 pp

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