joanne burns: amphora


Rose Lucas


by joanne burns
Giramondo, $24.95 pb, 136 pp, 9781920882631


joanne burns has long been a force in Australian poetry. amphora, her thirteenth collection, builds on that legacy with the energy and vital idiosyncrasy with which readers have come to associate her work. The collection’s title – one of the sections of poetry – gives us a clue as to what we will find here. burns offers her reader an amphora, and thereby casts her book as a beautiful jar brimming with words and insights, stories from the past, sustenance for the present. William Carlos
Williams wrote, ‘… men die miserably every day / for lack of what is found [in poems].’ Drink deeply, amphora urges us, because poetry contains the very stuff of life.

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Rose Lucas

Rose Lucas

Rose Lucas is Melbourne poet, critic and academic. She works at Victoria University and her next poetry collection, Unexpected Clearing (UWAP), is due out in February 2016.

Published in September 2011 no. 334

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