Stephen Edgar

Geoff Page reviews 'Transparencies' by Stephen Edgar

Geoff Page

After Stephen Edgar’s nine collections of poetry, the last seven of which are distinguished by an extraordinary control over metre and rhyme, a reviewer feels bound to ask how this new b More

Stephen Edgar reviews 'Collected Poems' by Vikram Seth

Stephen Edgar

In one of the poems in Summer Requiem, the most recent of the books in this capacious volume, Seth recalls when he decided to write, 'What even today puzzles me ...

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Bonus Episode - Judith Beveridge and Stephen Edgar in Conversation with Peter Rose

In this bonus episode of Poem of the Week Peter Rose interviews two past winners of the Peter Porter Poetry Prize – husband and wife Stephen Edgar and Judith Beveridge – about what it is like being poets in a marr More

Stephen Edgar is Poet of the Month

WHICH POETS HAVE MOST INFLUENCED YOU?

Influence can be overt, deliberate imitation, or more subtle, an absorption one is hardly aware of. I deliberately imitated Dylan Thomas in my adolescence and learned, along with some bad habits, much about formal technique from him – as from Donne, Herbert, Milton, Keats, Yeats, Hardy, Auden, Larkin, Hecht. In ... More

Books of the Year 2015

Robert Adamson et al.

Jennifer Maiden's The Fox Petition: New Poems (Giramondo) conjures foxes 'whose eyes were ghosts with pity' and foxes of language that transform the world's headlines

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'Waiting for the Past' by Les Murray

Stephen Edgar
My first reaction on picking up Les Murray’s new collection, Waiting for the Past, was to note how handsomely produced it is ... More

Stephen Edgar: 'The Art of the Fugue'

Stephen Edgar

So, summoned by that call across the wide
And complicated city, pressed
And yet reluctant to arrive,
We found among the ranks of the distressed,
The sick, the stricken and the stupefied,
Her shocked, unconscious form in South Ward Five.
And then I turned aside.

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Poem of the Week - 'Man on the Moon' by Stephen Edgar (2005 ABR Poetry Prize winner)

Australian Book Review

In ABR's seventh 'Poem of the Week' Stephen Edgar discusses and reads his poem 'Man on the Moon'.

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Stephen Edgar reviews Poetry Magazine's 'The Open Door'

Stephen Edgar

‘Reading through a hundred years of Poetry, week after week of issue after issue after issue, some forty thousand poems in all, Don and I, when we weren’t rendered prone and moaning, jolted back and forth between elation and depression.’ So Christian Wiman writes in his introduction to this elating, and never depressing, new anthology celebrating one hu ... More