Poetry

Les Murray (ed.): The Quadrant Book of Poetry

Anthony Lynch
22 May 2012

Anthony Lynch

 

The Quadrant Book of Poetry
edited by Les Murray
Quadrant Books, $44.95 hb, 244 pp, 9780980677867

 

In his polemical Introduction, Les Murray notes that Quadrant was founded sixty years ago by poet James McAuley, the ‘stern formalist’ w ... More

Vivian Smith: Here, There and Elsewhere

Martin Duwell
22 May 2012

Martin Duwell

 

Here, There and Elsewhere
by Vivian Smith
Giramondo, $24 pb, 70 pp, 9781920882815

 

This new book of Vivian Smith’s is really quite a surprise. If it were the case of any other poet approaching his eighties you might think of it as rather a gr ... More

Kate Lilley: Ladylike

Rose Lucas
22 May 2012

Rose Lucas

 

Ladylike
by Kate Lilley
UWA Publishing, $19.95 pb, 86 pp, 9781742584393

 

Like all good titles, Kate Lilley’s Ladylike offers the reader a coded and evocative entrée into her new collection. These poems are concerned with exposing and cr ... More

Rhyll McMaster: Late Night Shopping

Bronwyn Lea
20 April 2012

Bronwyn Lea

 

Late Night Shopping
by Rhyll McMaster
Brandl & Schlesinger, $24.95 pb, 80 pp, 9781921556302

 

Broadly speaking, there are two types of epitaphs: those formulated by loved ones to describe the living qualities of the ... More

Alan Fish: The Keeper of Fish; and M.A. Carter: Keeping Carter

Cassandra Atherton
20 April 2012

Philip Salom as Fisher King

Cassandra Atherton

 

The Keeper of Fish
by Alan Fish (edited by Philip Salom)
Puncher & Wattmann (Inbooks), $24 pb, 90 pp, 9781921450464

 

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S.K. Kelen: Island Earth

Anthony Lynch
20 April 2012

Anthony Lynch

 

Island Earth: New and Selected Poems
by S.K. Kelen
Brandl & Schlesinger, $29.95 pb, 335 pp, 9781876454173

 

‘Dark satanic mills won the day’, S.K. Kelen tells us in one of his strongest poems ... More

John Leonard (ed.): Young Poets

Maria Takolander
21 March 2012

Audible dance

Maria Takolander

 

Young Poets: An Australian Anthology
edited by John Leonard
John Leonard Press, $27.95 pb, 170 pp, 9780980852332

 

John Leonard’s anthology of young Australian poets, showcasing the work of an exclusive septet, comes ... More

Anthony Lawrence: The Welfare of My Enemy

Martin Duwell
21 March 2012

Off the radar

Martin Duwell

 

The Welfare of My Enemy
byAnthony Lawrence
Puncher & Wattmann, $24 pb, 112 pp, 9781921450495

 

The Welfare of My Enemy is an unusual experiment in narrative poetry. Taking as its theme ‘the disappeared ... More

Michelle Cahill: Vishvarūpa

Mark Treddinick
21 March 2012

Speech music

Mark Tredinnick

 

Vishvarūpa
by Michelle Cahill
5 Islands Press, $22.95 pb, 93 pp, 9780734042057

 

Vishvarūpa, Michelle Cahill’s second collection, is a convocation of untouchables and deities – unbelieving, irreverent, ... More

Rita Dove (ed.): The Penguin Anthology of 20th Century American Poetry

Paul Kane
27 February 2012

‘To choose the best, among many good,’ says Dr Johnson in his ‘Life of Cowley’, ‘is one of the most hazardous attempts of criticism.’ The truth of this maxim is borne out nicely in the controversy surrounding – or perhaps emanating from – Rita Dove’s new selection of twentieth-century American poetry. That The Weekend Australian should hav ... More

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