Felicity Plunkett

Last month in Melbourne, a group of book reviewers and literary editors took part in a conference organised by Monash University’s Centre for the Book. There were more than thirty short papers, or ‘provocations’, as they were styled. Our Editor lamented the low or non-payment of some reviewers (especially youn ...

'A Short History of Richard Kline' by Amanda Lohrey

Felicity Plunkett
Wednesday, 25 February 2015

A prefatory note to this striking novel tells us that it is Richard Kline’s memoir of ‘a strange event that intervened in my life at the age of forty-two’. The following ‘short history’ interleaves sections of first- and third-person narration, shuffling the pieces of a reflective Bildungsroman that charts Richard’s ...

Felicity Plunkett reviews 'Bapo' by Nicholas Jose

Felicity Plunkett
Tuesday, 25 November 2014

In Charles Simić’s book about Joseph Cornell’s assemblages, Dime-Store Alchemy (1992), he quotes his own translation of Croatian poet Slavko Mihalić to describe Cornell’s sculpture ‘Deserted Perch, 1949’, noting ‘the very tiny crack in which another world begins and ends’. Simićmarvels at this ‘Illusionist art ... sleight of hand’.

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Felicity Plunkett reviews Helen Garner's new book

Felicity Plunkett
Monday, 25 August 2014

Felicity Plunkett reviews Helen Garner's new book about the Farquharson case and discusses the complex effect love has on human motivation.

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'Yellow', a new poem by Felicity Plunkett

Felicity Plunkett
Wednesday, 27 November 2013
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All the Birds, Singing

Felicity Plunkett
Thursday, 27 June 2013
Felicity Plunkett reviews Evie Wyld’s novel ‘All the Birds, Singing’, which went on to win the 2014 Miles Franklin Literary Award.

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Although it has been almost half a century since 1968, a year readily mythologised in Australian poetry, the so-called Generation of ’68 are still the most talked-about contemporary poets. There have been few attempts to define the next generations of poets. Forty-three years is a long definition of what might be deemed ‘contemporary’ ...

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Felicity Plunkett reviews 'The Romantic' by Kate Holden

Felicity Plunkett
Tuesday, 15 November 2011

For a book featuring a lot of sex, The Romantic – whose title could be ironic, acerbic, or hopeful – disgust is not the most obvious predominant motif readers might expect...

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Amateurs are untrained but fired by enthusiasm for their subject. By definition, an amateur is passionate about something (in this case love itself, being a lover, and Tilda, the loved object) but the word implies less seriousness than the word ‘science’ does, and can be a pejorative.

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Fiona Capp: My Blood's Country

Felicity Plunkett
Wednesday, 08 June 2011

The dummy’s arm

Felicity Plunkett

 

My Blood’s Country: In the Footsteps of Judith Wright
by Fiona Capp
Allen & Unwin, $27.99 pb, 217 pp, 9781741754872

 

Late in My Blood’s Country, Fiona Capp describes a dream that Meredith McKinney ...

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