Paul Hetherington reviews 'Another Fine Morning in Paradise' by Michael Sharkey

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.

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Paul Hetherington

Paul Hetherington

Paul Hetherington won the 2014 Western Australian Premier's Book Awards (poetry) and his new collection, Burnt Umber, will be published in May 2016. He is head of the International Poetry Studies Institute (IPSI) at the University of Canberra.

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