On love and loss
100 Australian Poems of Love and Loss
edited by Jamie Grant
Hardie Grant Books, $39.95 hb, 215 pp, 9781740669108
100 Australian Poems of Love and Loss is the companion volume to Jamie Grant’s 100 Australian Poems You Need to Know (2008). The title of the new anthology shies away from its predecessor’s imperative mode, but remains a marketer’s dream. What is poetry about if not love and death? What is poetry’s purpose if not to offer powerful articulations of those things that make us speechless?