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.
Resisting sentimental backward looks
Contemporary Asian Australian Poets
edited by Adam Aitken, Kim Cheng Boey, and Michelle Cahill
Puncher & Wattmann, $29.95 pb, 253 pp, 9781921450655
John Kinsella’s most recent volumes of poetry are On the Outskirts (UQP, 2017) Firebreaks (WW Norton, 2016),...
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