Robert Adamson (ed.): The Best Australian Poems 2010

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February 2011, no. 328

Robert Adamson (ed.): The Best Australian Poems 2010

Reviewed by
February 2011, no. 328

An absorbing report from the land of poetry

Philip Mead

 

The Best Australian Poems 2010
edited by Robert Adamson
Black Inc., $24.95 pb, 250 pp, 9781863954969

 

Anyone who hasn’t caught up with the thriving diversity of recent Australian poetry should get hold of this second annual anthology from Black Inc. edited by Robert Adamson. It’s a richly impressive selection from all corners of the Australian poetic field and across the generations, from Bruce Dawe and Frank Kellaway to younger poets yet to publish a first book. For more specialist readers, with a comparative eye on contemporary poetry in English, Adamson’s soundings demonstrate amply how mature and vital Australian poetry is.

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