David McCooey

David McCooey reviews 'Hoi Polloi' by Craig Sherborne

David McCooey
07 June 2019

A laughing man, according to Flaubert, is stronger than a suffering one. But as Craig Sherborne’s extraordinary new memoir of childhood and youth shows, the distinction isn’t that simp More

David McCooey reviews 'The Twelfth of Never: A memoir' by Louis Nowra

David McCooey
24 May 2019

Louis Nowra was born in 1950 and is – as he presents himself in this memoir – that very mid­-century thing, an outsider. An outsider in terms of class, mental constitution, and sex More

David McCooey reviews 'A Passing Bell: Ghazals for Tina' by Paul Kane

David McCooey
26 November 2018

Rarely does one come across a book that is both intensely ‘literary’ – stylised, sophisticated, deeply engaged with its antecedents – and achingly moving, so viscerally raw that it More

Books of the Year 2018

Michelle de Kretser, et al.
26 November 2018

To celebrate the best books of 2018, Australian Book Review invited nearly forty contributors to nominate their favourite titles. Contributors include Michelle de Kretser

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Books of the Year 2018

Michelle de Kretser, et al.
13 September 2019

To celebrate the best books of 2018, Australian Book Review invited nearly forty contributors to nominate their favourite titles. Contributors include Michelle de Kretser

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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

State Editor's Introduction by David McCooey

David McCooey
05 June 2018

In an age when the news is relentlessly bad, it is tempting to think that we can turn to poetry as either a flight from the pathological politics of our time, or a higher commentary on it. As the poets in this year’s Victorian States of Poetry Anthology show, poetry’s relationship with the news of the day is more complex than that.

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David McCooey reviews 'Who Reads Poetry: 50 views from Poetry Magazine' edited by Fred Sasaki and Don Share

David McCooey
26 April 2018

So, who reads poetry? American military cadets, that’s who. And medical specialists. Also, songwriters, journalists, and philosophers. And don’t forget (ex-) poets, priests, and politi More

David McCooey reviews 'Renga: 100 poems' by John Kinsella and Paul Kane

David McCooey
22 February 2018

Poets aren’t generally known for being great collaborators. Wordsworth and Coleridge’s 'Lyrical Ballads' (1798) is a rare example of a co-authored canonical work of poetry. 'Renga: 100 More

David McCooey reviews 'David Malouf and the Poetic: His earlier writings' by Yvonne Smith

David McCooey
19 December 2017

Plenty of novelists begin life as poets. Few, though, have managed to maintain their status as poet–novelists quite so impressively as David Malouf. But even Malouf, in his ‘middle per More

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