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Anthony Lawrence

Anthony Lawrence

Anthony Lawrence’s most recent collection is Ordinary Time, a collaboration with Audrey Molloy, (Pitt Street Poetry, 2021). His books and poems have won a number of awards, including the Peter Porter Poetry Prize and the NSW Premier's Award. He lives on the far north coast of New South Wales.

Anthony Lawrence reviews ‘Speed & Other Liberties’ by Andrew Sant

March 2009, no. 309 01 March 2009
Andrew Sant’s tenth book of poems marks a new, welcome direction in his work. Many of his signature flourishes are still here: intimate, detailed observations on domestic life, travel, relationships, history, and popular music. But he has added something special: strange, unpredictable associations and a willingness to break free of the constraints that kept much of his formal, lyrical earlier w ... (read more)

Anthony Lawrence reviews 'Earthly Delights' by S.K. Kelen

February 2007, no. 288 01 February 2007
Stephen Kelen’s new book is an ambitious, wide and free-ranging journey through past and present, war and peace, family life, travel and technology. It has all the hallmarks of Kelen’s previous books: a marvellous ear and restless eye, a gift for narrative that challenges as much as it reaffirms, and a willingness to tackle anything that takes his attention. These (mostly) narrative poems have ... (read more)

Anthony Lawrence reviews 'Selected Poems 1968–2014' by Paul Muldoon

September 2017, no. 394 30 August 2017
Paul Muldoon’s friend and mentor, the late Seamus Heaney, once remarked that reading Muldoon was like being in a room with two informants: one a compulsive liar and one who always tells the truth. The trick, Heaney suggested, is ‘trying to formulate a question that will elicit an answer from either one that can be reliably decoded’. Muldoon’s poems are renowned for their sleight of hand, ... (read more)
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