Geoffrey Lehmann on the making of a poetic anthology

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November 2011, no. 336

Geoffrey Lehmann on the making of a poetic anthology

Reviewed by
November 2011, no. 336

With 1086 pages of poems and critical biographies, Australian Poetry Since 1788 – the third anthology co-edited by Robert Gray and myself – is by far the largest anthology of Australian poetry to date, and at least twice the size of its predecessors. Perhaps controversially, it has fewer poets than many earlier anthologies, with only 174 named poets. But it covers the gamut of Australian poetry, including convict and bush ballads, translations of Aboriginal songs, humorous verse, concrete poetry, and generous selections of Australia’s major poets and of the younger contemporary poets. We have tried to be catholic, rigorous, and objective, while listening carefully (with our very subjective ears) to the many different voices from which we had to choose.

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  • Dear Robert Gray,
    Alok Mishra is organising a poetry journal. I was hoping you may be willing to contribute to his new venture. His website is:
    http://www.ashvamegh.net. If possible, please have a look. I hope you can spare a poem or two.
    Posted by Ken W Simpson
    Sunday, 18 January 2015 13:10

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