Felicity Plunkett (ed.): Thirty Australian Poets

Fiona Wright
25 November 2011

Beyond ’68

Fiona Wright


Thirty Australian Poets
edited by Felicity Plunkett
University of Queensland Press, $27.95 pb, 304 pp, 9780702239144


Although it has been almost half a century since 1968, a year readily mythologised in Australian poetry, ... More

Australian Poetry Since 1788

Michael Hofmann
25 November 2011

Stumbling round the house absent-mindedly or in the off-hours, I wonder where the economy-sized fish tank came from; or the dictionary of some unexpectedly eloquent Oceanian language; or the errant slab of copper sulphate (did some friend or enemy leave it?). Then I remember that it’s the new Australian poetry anthology I am reviewing, the thick end of 1100 large ... More

Bronwyn Lea (ed.): Australian Poetry Journal

Peter Kenneally
24 November 2011

A subdued genesis

Peter Kenneally


edited by Bronwyn Lea
Australian Poetry, $25 pb, 121 pp, 9780987176547


Bronwyn Lea has chosen ‘Beginnings’ as the theme for the first issue of Poetry Australia’s new jour ... More

Gig Ryan: New and Selected Poems

James Harms
24 November 2011

Tonic and rebuke

James Harms


New and Selected Poems
by Gig Ryan
Giramondo, $26.95 pb, 224 pp, 9781920882662


Gig Ryan is something of a postmodern classicist, deftly balancing John Ashbery’s slippery indeterminacy and Anne Carson’s lyric innovat ... More

Diane Fahey: The Wing Collection

Rose Lucas
24 November 2011

Flight path

Rose Lucas


The Wing Collection: New and Selected Poems
by Diane Fahey
Puncher & Wattmann, $28 pb, 248 pp, 9781921450259


Over nearly thirty years and ten books, Diane Fahey has made a significant contribution to Australian poetry. More

Bruce Dawe: Slo-Mo Tsunami and Other Poems

Martin Duwell
24 November 2011

Memory pieces

Martin Duwell


Slo-Mo Tsunami and Other Poems
by Bruce Dawe
Puncher & Wattmann, $24.95 pb, 82 pp, 9781921450433


The title of Bruce Dawe’s first collection, No Fixed Address (1962), pointed to an early working life of inn ... More

The Blind Minotaur

Judith Bishop
15 November 2011


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Geoffrey Lehmann on the making of a poetic anthology

Geoffrey Lehmann
25 October 2011

With 1086 pages of poems and critical biographies, Australian Poetry Since 1788 – the third anthology co-edited by Robert Gray and myself – is by far the largest anthology of Australian poetry to date, and at least twice the size of its predecessors. Perhaps controversially, it has fewer poets than many earlier anthologies, with only 174 named poets. Bu ... More

John Kinsella: Activist Poetics

David McCooey
21 October 2011

Lines in the sand

David McCooey


Activist Poetics: Anarchy in the Avon Valley
by John Kinsella, edited by Niall Lucy
Liverpool University Press (Inbooks), $170 hb, 224 pp, 9781846314698


This book of essays by the vegan-anarchist-pacifist poet John K ... More

Jaya Savige: Surface to Air

Gig Ryan
21 October 2011

Enclave of images

Gig Ryan


Surface to Air
by Jaya Savige
University of Queensland Press, $24.95 pb, 96 pp, 9780702239137


Jaya Savige’s first book, latecomers (2005), was an impressive début and won the New South Wales Kenneth Slessor Aw ... More

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