New mappings

Resisting sentimental backward looks

New mappings

Contemporary Asian Australian Poets

edited by Adam Aitken, Kim Cheng Boey, and Michelle Cahill

Puncher & Wattmann, $29.95 pb, 253 pp, 9781921450655

This is one of the more vital and significant poetry anthologies to appear in Australia. It has been compiled with a purpose as sophisticated and complex as the arguments for existence that it posits. It is an anthology not so much of ‘region’ (it is a rather massive one), as of the experience of being or having been from Asian heritages in contemporary Australia.

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