Improlific poet

Improlific poet

Selected Poems

by Evan Jones

Grand Parade Poets, $26.95 pb, 208 pp, 9780987129161

Evan Jones’s Selected Poems is more than timely: its author was born in 1931. In an introduction (or ‘Personal Appreciation’), fellow Melbourne poet Alex Skovroncomplains that ‘Evan’s work has not always received the attention it deserves, especially in recent years’. It is worth pausing a moment to consider why this should be so.

Jones is one of several highly talented poets associated with the English Department at the University of Melbourne a few decades ago. Others include Chris Wallace-Crabbe (b. 1934), Peter Steele (1939–2012), and Vincent Buckley (1929–88). All of them worked in the shadow of A.D. Hope and James McAuley, most had a more than passing interest in politics (local and foreign), and all, in their earlier years at least, used metre and rhyme extensively.

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Geoff Page

Geoff Page

Geoff Page is based in Canberra and has published twenty-three collections of poetry as well as two novels and five verse novels. His recent books include 1953 (UQP 2013), Improving the News (Pitt Street Poetry 2013), New Selected Poems (Puncher & Wattmann 2013), Aficionado: A Jazz Memoir (Picaro Press 2014), Gods and Uncles (Pitt Street Poetry 2015), Hard Horizons (Pitt Street Poetry 2017) and PLEVNA: A Verse Biography (UWA Publishing 2016). He also edited The Best Australian Poems 2014 and The Best Australian Poems 2015 (Black Inc). His Elegy for Emily: a verse biography is due out shortly from Puncher & Wattmann.

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