Ruddered love

Ruddered love

Australian Love Poems 2013

edited by Mark Tredinnick

Inkerman & Blunt, $26.99 pb, 330 pp, 9780987540102

Some things just don’t appear to go together, unless you are good at puzzles. A fox, a goose, and a bag of beans, for instance; or maybe a wolf, a goat, and a cabbage. Then there are Australia, love, and poetry. Australians and poetry can’t be left alone together, can they, and don’t expressions of love lose something when uttered out of the side of the mouth?

Donna Ward, publisher of Australian Love Poems, and Mark Tredinnick, its editor, reject both propositions. Part of the problem, Tredinnick writes in his introduction, is that ‘there has been a good deal more head than heart in Australian poetry for a while, a good deal more mind than body, more wit than wisdom’. This project, he suggests, allowed poets to bring forth work they might previously have felt wasn’t quite acceptable in the rarefied world of poetry publishing.

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Published in October 2013 no. 355
Peter Kenneally

Peter Kenneally

Peter Kenneally is a freelance editor, writer and reviewer, and poet. In 2005 his suite of poems Memento Mori was selected for the anthology of the Newcastle Poetry Prize, and in 2007 his piece ‘a streetlamp goes out when I walk under it’ was commended in the New Media section of the same prize. He has appeared in The Australian, Southerly, and Island, among other publications.

 

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