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Autumn Royal

‘A poet is never just a woman or a man. Every poet is salted with fire. A poet is a mirror, a transcriber.’

Susan Howe

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I Have Decided to Remain Vertical by Gaylene Carbis & The Drama Student by Autumn Royal

July 2023, no. 455

There are striking parallels between I Have Decided to Remain Vertical by Gayelene Carbis and The Drama Student by Autumn Royal. Both are new collections from experienced Melbourne poets; both think through women’s places in social and material contexts; both display an intense interest in material things and material places; both engage with works of art beyond their own pages.

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A new poetry press in Australia should always be greeted with joy, and then interrogated with rigour. These six volumes from the recently created book arm of Cordite Poetry ...

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