Kate Middleton

In black chalk the beast
brusques forward   Silence   Rubens
has stopped his mouth
with a single line     He is already
awed by the den
he will find himself in even now
as his mane curls into wisp
of emptiness     A study on paper

But there in white chalk the grim
pose brightens
into ...

States of Poetry 2016 - New South Wales | About Kate Middleton

Australian Book Review
Monday, 22 February 2016

Kate Middleton - new smaller

Kate Middleton is an Australian writer. She is the author of the poetry collections F ...

All writers need good bookshelves, but the poet, perhaps more than any other writer, is charged with the involuntary dispensation and relentless accumulation of reading material. This is partly due to the proclivities of the producers and partly due to the characteristics of the form itself. As the notable cultural critic Pierre Bourdieu remarked, poetry's effects d ...

2015 Porter Prize Shortlist

Kate Middleton et al
Friday, 24 April 2015
Read the six shortlisted poems in the 2015 Porter Prize. ... (read more)

'Of Ash', a new poem by Kate Middleton

Kate Middleton
Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Cento after Peter Steele

Is this not running wild?
Silk-white ashes of dream and film
nerve into drama −
into darkness and its minotaur

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Peter Kenneally reviews 'Ephemeral Waters' by Kate Middleton

Peter Kenneally
Thursday, 28 November 2013

‘As if cuffed by the ear, the Colorado river pulled me onward.’ The current that seized Kate Middleton can be felt throughout Ephemeral Waters, as she takes us from the headwaters of the Colorado, through the Grand Canyon, over the Hoover Dam, until the great river, all its water plundered along ...

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Kate Middleton reviews 'Liquid Nitrogen' by Jennifer Maiden

Kate Middleton
Monday, 28 January 2013

Jennifer Maiden has for a long time been one of Australia’s most politically engaged poets, a commentator on the local scene and the international set alike. With her new volume, Liquid Nitrogen, Maiden continues on from her previous books Friendly Fire (2005) and Pirate Rain (2010), with more poems ...

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'Balcony 2', a new poem by Kate Middleton

Kate Middleton
Monday, 24 September 2012
'Balcony 2', a new poem by Kate Middleton. ... (read more)

'Shearing the Rams', a new poem by Kate Middleton

Kate Middleton
Saturday, 07 July 2012

after Tom Roberts


Holding the ram in awkward embrace,
he comprehends gravity while watching
the shearers charge through their task.

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Remembering Peter Steele

Kate Middleton
Wednesday, 04 July 2012

Bricks, knowledge, gravity


‘I just read a history of bricks.’


We learn about the ways our teachers have influenced us over many years. As an undergraduate student at the University of Melbourne, I took every class taught by Professor Peter Steele SJ. More than a decade after I first ...

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