Judith Bishop reviews 'Sun Music: New and selected poems' by Judith Beveridge

Judith Bishop reviews 'Sun Music: New and selected poems' by Judith Beveridge

Sun Music: New and selected poems

by Judith Beveridge

Giramondo, $26.95 pb, 238 pp, 9781925336887

Judith Bishop

Judith Bishop

Judith Bishop lives in Melbourne, Australia, and has studied in the United States and Britain. She is Director of Linguistic Services

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The appearance of a New and Selected Poems by a widely loved and admired poet has all the pleasures of a major retrospective, but viewed alone, without the clamour of a gallery event. It’s in the nature of retrospective to raise the banner of analysis-as-public-spectacle. What does this art mean to us, and how is it unique? The artist’s own words form part of the context for understanding the lifelong happening that is the body of work. It seems fitting, then, that Judith Beveridge’s Sun Music: New and selected poems opens with an extended author’s note.

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