Australian Poetry 1986 by Vivian Smith

Reviewed by
April 1987, no. 89
Peter Goldsworthy reviews 'Australian Poetry 1986' edited by Vivian Smith

Australian Poetry 1986

by Vivian Smith

Angus & Robertson, 68 pp, $12.95 pb

Australian Poetry 1986 by Vivian Smith

Reviewed by
April 1987, no. 89

I have never met Vivian Smith but respect him awfully. The remarkable thing about his editing of this new anthology of Australian poetry is that his own work is not in it. This is unprecedented among recent anthologies, and may of course be a printing error. Even that excellent poet of Buddhist leanings, Robert Gray, was unable to achieve such perfect nirvana some years back in his Younger Australian Poets. I think Vivian Smith could at least have included here his very fine poems ‘The Names’, which appeared in the most recent Mattara Award anthology.

Peter Goldsworthy reviews 'Australian Poetry 1986' edited by Vivian Smith

Australian Poetry 1986

by Vivian Smith

Angus & Robertson, 68 pp, $12.95 pb

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