Martin Duwell

Martin Duwell reviews Geoffrey Lehmann's 'Poems: 1957−2013'

Martin Duwell
25 September 2014

A striking feature of this collection of Geoffrey Lehmann’s poetry of fifty-six years is how few loci of interest there are: ancient Rome, a farm in rural New South Wales, parenthood. His characteristic mode seems to be to explore these exhaustively by holding them up to the light and investigating every facet. Wallace Stevens’s ‘Thirteen Ways of Looking at a ... More

Martin Duwell reviews Ron Pretty's new book of poetry

Martin Duwell
19 January 2014

It is reasonable that poets, by the time they reach their mid-seventies, should be involved in projects which re-evaluate their current lives and poems in the light of early experience and expectations. This most recent book of Ron Pretty’s – and it is by some distance his best – is built around the Swedish proverb, ‘The afternoon knows what the mornin ... More

Martin Duwell reviews 'It Comes From All Directions'

Martin Duwell
28 November 2013

There aren’t any Australian poets quite like Rae Desmond Jones, whose distinctive, unusual, and sometimes unsettling voice has been an important, though undervalued, force in Australian poetry since the early 1970s.

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Martin Duwell reviews Andrew Sant's new poetry collection

Martin Duwell
27 May 2013

There are some poets whose works only seem to come alive when seen in the light of their other poems. Andrew Sant may well be one of these. A Sant poem, read on its own, can often seem thoughtful but rather lightweight; embedded in one of his books, given a context by the surrounding poems, it becomes animated by a set of consistent themes and obsessions.

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Martin Duwell reviews 'Cumulus: Collected Poems'

Martin Duwell
25 October 2012

Cumulus describes itself as a ‘Collected Poems’, and though it isn’t quite that – far too many good poems from the earlier volumes have been omitted – there is a strong sense of cumulation and self-evaluation about it: it is a lot more than a set of copied contents pages sent to a publisher. And it is satisfying that the result, thanks to the high d ... More

Martin Duwell reviews 'Here, There and Elsewhere' by Vivian Smith

Martin Duwell
22 May 2012

This new book of Vivian Smith’s is really quite a surprise. If it were the case of any other poet approaching his eighties you might think of it as rather a grab bag, knocked together ou More

Martin Duwell reviews 'The Welfare of My Enemy' by Anthony Lawrence

Martin Duwell
21 March 2012

The Welfare of My Enemy is an unusual experiment in narrative poetry. Taking as its theme ‘the disappeared’, it is a set of narratives, a kind of anthology that imaginatively More

Martin Duwell reviews 'Slo-Mo Tsunami and Other Poems' by Bruce Dawe

Martin Duwell
24 November 2011

The title of Bruce Dawe’s first collection, No Fixed Address (1962), pointed to an early working life of innumerable casual jobs. This was covered to some extent in Stephany Ste More

Martin Duwell reviews 'Acts of Defiance: New and Selected Poems' by Dennis Haskell

Martin Duwell
26 March 2011

First books often suffer most in a Selected Poems as the poet who finally emerges from the possibilities explored in the poems of the first book retrospectively weeds out those poems that More