Puncher & Wattman

Jennifer Strauss reviews The Feather Boy & Other Poems by Judith Rodriguez

Jennifer Strauss
25 February 2019

Judith Rodriguez, who died in November 2018, was a champion of other people’s causes: the right to be heard, the right to freedom from persecution, the right to refuge when such freedom More

John Hawke reviews 'Feeding the Ghost 1: Criticism on contemporary Australian poetry' edited by Andy Kissane, David Musgrave, and Carolyn Rickett

John Hawke
20 December 2018

Perhaps the most encouraging sign in this Puncher & Wattmann collection of critical essays on contemporary Australian poets is the prominent ‘1’ on its front cover, promising that More

2018 Publisher Picks

Nathan Hollier et al.
18 December 2018

To complement our ‘Books of the Year’ feature, which appeared in the December 2018 issue, we invited some senior publishers to nominate their favourite books of 2018 – all published by other companies.

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David McCooey reviews three poets at the height of their powers

David McCooey
26 October 2018

Sarah Day’s début collection, A Hunger to Be Less Serious (1987), married lightness of touch with depth of insight. In Towards Light & Other Poems (Puncher & W More

David McCooey reviews 'The Collected Blue Hills' by Laurie Duggan

David McCooey
27 May 2013

In The Resistance to Poetry (2004), James Longenbach claims that ‘Distrust of poetry (its potential for inconsequence, its pretensions to consequence) is the stuff of poetry.’ T More

Peter Kenneally reviews 'Rawshock' by Toby Fitch

Peter Kenneally
24 September 2012

As a result of the public works of Puncher & Wattmann, it has been established yet again that a book of poetry can andshould combine meaning and design in a shock of pleasure. Toby Fit 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

Rose Lucas reviews 'The Wing Collection: New and Selected Poems' by Diane Fahey

Rose Lucas
24 November 2011

Over nearly thirty years and ten books, Diane Fahey has made a significant contribution to Australian poetry. The Wing Collection, from Puncher & Wattmann, showcases a wonderf 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

Brendan Ryan reviews 'Fire Diary' by Mark Tredinnick

Brendan Ryan
22 August 2011

Mark Tredinnick’s much-anticipated first collection of poetry, Fire Diary, is an examination of place and how to respond to it. The title provides a clue to the form of the book More