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


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

John Fuller: Who is Ozymandias?

Chris Wallace-Crabbe
22 February 2012


Chris Wallace-Crabbe


Who is Ozymandias? And Other Puzzles in Poetry
by John Fuller
Random House, $36.95 hb, 256 pp, 9780701184575


Those who write about poetry these days don’t go in much for lightness. More often their solemnity spring ... More

David McCooey: Outside

Philip Harvey
22 February 2012

Fun with flux

Philip Harvey


by David McCooey
Salt Publishing, £9.99 pb, 74 pp, 9781844717590


Philip Larkin at thirty-one asked ‘Where can we live but days?’ It shouldn’t take half a lifetime to learn that we have night and day, yet l ... More

Stephanie Guest on Finding Australian Literature at the University of Melbourne

Stephanie Guest
23 January 2012
I can name many Australian creators of literature. Let not our historians depress them with proofs that they are merely creators of Australian literature.
(W.A. Amiet, Meanjin Papers)

I first discovered Australian literature in Argentina. While I was there studying Argentinian literature at ... More

John Tranter (ed.): The Best Australian Poems 2011

Kate Middleton
20 January 2012

Real treasures in a generous anthology of the ‘best’

Kate Middleton


edited by John Tranter
Black Inc., $24.95 pb, 206 pp, 9781863955492


With the recent focus on new anthologies in the Australian poetry community f ... More

Fiona Morrison (ed.): Selected Prose of Dorothy Hewett

Bruce Bennett
20 January 2012

Romantic modernist

Bruce Bennett


Selected Prose of Dorothy Hewett
edited by Fiona Morrison
UWA Publishing, $32.95 pb, 282 pp, 9781921401626


Best known for her poetry and plays, Dorothy Hewett was also the author of novels, short stories and numerou ... More

Fiona Wright: Knuckled

Rose Lucas
20 January 2012

Dream. Drive. Drizzle.

Rose Lucas


by Fiona Wright
Giramondo, $24 pb, 92 pp, 9781920882754


Knuckled, poet and editor Fiona Wright’s highly anticipated first collection, arrives with an assuredness of style and voice that ... More

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