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Richard King

Richard King is a Fremantle-based freelance writer.

Richard King reviews ‘The Indigo Book of Modern Australian Sonnets’ edited by Geoff Page

November 2003, no. 256 01 November 2003
This book (The Indigo Book of Modern Australian Sonnets edited by Geoff Page, Indigo, $20 pb, 112 pp), says Geoff Page in his introduction, should ‘cheer up those who are prone to lament the passing of “form” from contemporary poetry’. Speaking as one who does employ the f-word now and again, I’m very glad to hear it, though I catch the note of sardonicism and think that Page rather miss ... (read more)

Richard King reviews 'New Poets Series 8' from Five Islands Press

November 2001, no. 236 01 November 2001
and you think ofthe statements you have lost,all the things unlearnt,the words you no longer say.It has all been one long giving away. (David Kirkby, ‘Water’) The six books in Series 8 of the Five Islands Press New Poets Program come highly recommended, if only by the blurbs on their own back covers. These blurbs border on the hysterical. Cate Kennedy has ‘her heart in her eyes’, whi ... (read more)

Richard King reviews 'The Meaning of Recognition: New Essays 2001–2005' by Clive James

April 2006, no. 280 01 April 2006
Clive James once said that the problem with being famous is that you begin by being loved for what you do and end up thinking that you are loved for who you are. Quite possibly, it is to avoid such a fate that James has returned in the past few years to the thing that got him noticed in the first place – writing dazzling prose. Absenting himself from the Crystal Bucket, he has become once more a ... (read more)