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Ian Templeman

Ian Templeman has worked as a poet, artist, academic, and publisher.

Ian Templeman reviews ‘The Land I Came Through Last’ by Robert Gray

March 2009, no. 309 01 March 2009
As a poet Robert Gray is a magical storyteller. His first poetry collection, Creekwater Journal (1974), marked out his key territory of interest: the small towns, rural communities, landscapes, and people of the New South Wales north coast. Although he has travelled widely and written about other cultures, cities, and characters, his poetry’s richness is still tethered to the textures, talk, and ... (read more)

Ian Templeman reviews 'Without an Alibi' by Philip Neilsen

June 2008, no. 302 01 June 2008
The title of this rich and varied collection of poetry by Philip Neilsen comes from a poem entitled ‘First Creative Writing Class’: I have only just begun to know what a cloud is and could be. Poetry comes without an alibi, in lightning flashes of sanity. The poem captures many of the characteristics of Neilsen’s verse making. His teaching role at the Queensland University of Technolog ... (read more)

Ian Templeman reviews 'Wild Bees: Selected Poems' by Martin Harrison

April 2009, no. 310 01 April 2009
There is no sound of the sea, a long row down the mirror-like waters of Wagonga Inlet crowded with forest reflections. The wind twists and dives in the tree canopy, the soft whisper mixing with bird calls and the occasional barking of a dog from across the water. The small flower heads of clover quiver in the gulps of wind pushing the big-bellied clouds, rain stained, across the mountains. I am co ... (read more)

Ian Templeman reviews 'Antipodes, vol. 21, no. 1, 2007' edited by Nicholas Birns, and 'Southerly, vol. 67, no 1-2, 2007' edited by David Brooks and Noel Rowe

November 2007, no. 296 01 November 2007
This volume of Southerly, combining the first two issues for 2007, is a celebration of Elizabeth Webby’s contribution to Australian literature. Noel Rowe and Bernadette Brennan, the editors principally responsible for this issue, describe it as ‘a tribute to a brilliant career’. There are contributions from academic colleagues, generations of poets and writers of short fiction, and a number ... (read more)

Ian Templeman reviews 'The Rome Air Naked' by Philip Salom

April 1996, no. 179 01 April 1996
‘But beside me I had a new laptop computer …’ The publisher’s promotional material which was included with the review copy of Philip Salom’s new poetry collection, The Rome Air Naked, indicated the book would be launched ‘with an innovative exhibition which will use computer technology to extend the written work into an aural, visual and multimedia presentation’. After reading the a ... (read more)

Ian Templeman reviews 'The City Of Empty Rooms' by Thomas Shapcott

June 2007, no. 292 01 June 2007
I am not overlyGregarious. I wait and I watch. I keep a decentSilence. But there are some skills where I have power.At times I have spun a silk web strong as wire. These are the final lines of a poem entitled ‘Endings 111’ in Tom Shapcott’s recently published collection of poetry, The City of Empty Rooms. The poem is included in the final two sections of the book devoted to memories of ... (read more)

'Paper Gardener', a new poem by Ian Templeman

February 2011, no. 328 04 May 2011
Paper Gardener   Friends knew he lived alone in an old fashioned block of apartments with large windows facing the sea and a lift like a lion’s cage that gave a tired roar and a belch as it trundled to the fifth floor. His habitat was a cocoon high above the city’s motor zoo and lollipop trimmed trees sewn in neat rows across the green parks that had no knowledge of drought as summer ... (read more)