March 2016, no. 379

Welcome to our March issue – one of several themed issues we will publish this year. Poetry dominates the issue. First we have the five shortlisted poems in this year's international Peter Porter Poetry Prize. Then we publish the first in our States of Poetry – state-by-state anthologies designed to give readers a snapshot of some of the best contemporary poetry around the country. Peter Goldsworthy chooses six fine South Australian poets. Elsewhere, Kerryn Goldsworthy praises Suzanne Falkiner's important biography of the great novelist (and poet) Randolph Stow.

March 2016, no. 379

2016 Porter Prize Shortlist

Amanda Joy et al
Read the five Porter Prize shortlisted poems: 'Tailings' by Amanda Joy, 'Lament for "Cape" Kennedy' by Campbell Thomson, 'Rage to order' by Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet, '... a passing shower?' by Dan Disney, and 'Prelude to a Voice' by Anne Elvey.

Frank Bongiorno reviews 'Battleground' by Wayne Errington and Peter van Onselen

Frank Bongiorno

The Abbott era already seems a far-off time of jihad on the ABC and the Human Rights Commission, death cults, three-word slogans, celebratory cigars, royal knighthoods, raw onions, and helicopter jaunts. To be reminded of it is to relive the 'tawdry nightmare – a ma ...

Kerryn Goldsworthy reviews 'Mick' by Suzanne Falkiner

Kerryn Goldsworthy

Late in 1998, the Times Literary Supplement, as was its wont, sent Randolph 'Mick' Stow a book for review. It was Xavier Herbert: A Biography (1998) by Francis de Groen, and Stow accepted the commission with enthusiasm. 'What a ghastly, embarrassing ...

Andrew Nette reviews 'Fear Is the Rider' by Kenneth Cook

Andrew Nette

There is something alluring about the publication of a lost or unknown literary manuscript. How will it fit into the author's body of work? Is it inferior to or better than the published work? Does it illuminate a hitherto unknown aspect of the author's thinking, or m ...

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