Another Fine Morning in Paradise
by Michael Sharkey
5 Islands Press, $24.95 pb, 100 pp, 9780734047458
The variety of Australian poetry is attested to by books such as Another Fine Morning in Paradise. Neither entirely fish nor fowl, it is by turns satirical, watchful, effusive, and lyrical. Its central preoccupation is with a sharp-eyed scrutiny of what might be called the-idea-of-a-better-life.