The Quadrant Book of Poetry
edited by Les Murray
Quadrant Books, $44.95 hb, 244 pp, 9780980677867
In his polemical Introduction, Les Murray notes that Quadrant was founded sixty years ago by poet James McAuley, the ‘stern formalist’ who ensured that poetry occupied a prominent place in the magazine. Poetry has continued to be central to Quadrant, its profile not waning under Murray’s stewardship as literary editor since 1990. For this anthology, Murray has collected the best poems published in his second decade in that role.