Australian Poetry Journal, the flagship publication of Australian Poetry, contains a veritable who’s who of Australian poets. However, this doesn’t mean that the journal is part of the poetry gangland to which some other contemporary Australian journals belong. This is a testament to editor, Bronwyn Lea, who must disappoint many poets – possibly even poet friends or acquaintances – in order to maintain the journal’s impressively high standard. While there are a bevy of famous names on the contents page, Australian Poetry Journal only publishes the best work from these poets and scholars. But it is not just a journal for established poets and poems; emerging poets Davina Allison and Carmen Leigh Keates effloresce in this vaunted company.
Chiaroscuro in Australian poetry
Australian Poetry Journal, Volume 2, Issue 2
edited by Bronwyn Lea
Australian Poetry Ltd, $25 pb, 140 pp, 9780646591148
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Cassandra Atherton is a poet and scholar. She is a Harvard Visiting Fellow in English in 2015-2016.
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