Poetry

Gig Ryan reviews two poetry titles by Ken Bolton

Gig Ryan
25 September 2012

Ken Bolton has published twenty books of poetry in the past thirty-five years, including a verse novel, The Circus (2010), and an earlier Selected Poems (1992), as well as seven often hilarious poetic collaborations with John Jenkins. An art critic, Bolton edited the seminal magazines Magic Sam and Otis Rush; and he has been a publisher w ... More

Peter Kenneally reviews 'open sesame'

Peter Kenneally
25 September 2012

 Michael Farrell was the 2012 winner of the Peter Porter Poetry Prize, awarded by this magazine. open sesame is his latest collection of poetry, and an earlier version of it won the inaugural Barrett Reid Award for a radical poetry manuscript, in 2008. It has 123 pages.

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Peter Kenneally reviews 'Rawshock'

Peter Kenneally
24 September 2012

As a result of the public works of Puncher & Wattmann, it has been established yet again that a book of poetry can andshould combine meaning and design in a shock of pleasure. Toby Fitch’s first full-length collection, especially the central title poem, does this in spades. Orpheus returns to Hades to rescue Eurydice. In ten poems, each mirroring the original ... More

The Land’s Meaning by Randolph Stow

Dennis Haskell
30 August 2012

Randolph Stow, who died in 2010 aged seventy-four, must now be considered part of the Australian canon, whether that concept is conceived broadly or as a smaller cluster of Leavisian peaks. This status derives from his eight novels, which include the Miles Franklin Award-winner To the Islands (1958), the celebrated children’s book Midnite: The Story o ... More

Aidan Coleman: Asymmetry

Mike Ladd
28 August 2012

Mike Ladd

 

Asymmetry
by Aidan Coleman
Brandl & Schlesinger, $24.95 pb, 71 pp, 9781921556319

 

In July 2007, at the age of thirty-one, Aidan Coleman suffered a stroke as a result of a brain tumour. Asymmetry is a book in two parts. The first details ... More

Jo Langdon: Snowline

Peter Kenneally
28 August 2012

Peter Kenneally

 

Snowline
by Jo Langdon
Whitmore Press, $19.95 pb, 31 pp, 9780975776292

 

A childhood in Australia, safe and dry, but somehow incomplete: then time overseas defining the self against a different sky; finally, the return home, perhaps to start a ... More

A lifetime of poems from Rosemary Dobson

Susan Sheridan
10 July 2012

Susan Sheridan

 

Collected
by Rosemary Dobson

University of Queensland Press, $27.95 pb, 378 pp, 9780702239113

 

This volume contains all the poems that Rosemary Dobson wants to preserve. They represent a substantial portion of h ... More

Lisa Jacobson: The Sunlit Zone

Peter Kenneally
10 July 2012

Peter Kenneally

 

The Sunlit Zone
by Lisa Jacobson
5 Islands Press, $29.95 pb, 165 pp, 9780734047465

 

It is 2050 in Melbourne. The seas have risen, full of accidental genetic mixtures and cloned versions of extinct favourites, while the land is dried out and lif ... More

Barry Hill: Naked Clay

Kate Middleton
10 July 2012

Brutal looking

Kate Middleton

 

Naked Clay: Drawing from Lucian Freud
by Barry Hill
Shearsman Books, $25 pb, 160 pp, 9781848611780

 

With his new volume of poetry, Barry Hill has set himself the challenge of writing a book focused on the visual art of t ... More

Michael Sharkey: Another Fine Morning in Paradise

Paul Hetherington
09 July 2012

Paul Hetherington

 

Another Fine Morning in Paradise
by Michael Sharkey
5 Islands Press, $24.95 pb, 100 pp, 9780734047458

 

The variety of Australian poetry is attested to by books such as Another Fine Morning in Paradise. Neither entirely fish nor fowl, ... More

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