Poetry

Maria Takolander reviews 'Young Poets: An Australian Anthology' edited by John Leonard

Maria Takolander
21 March 2012

John Leonard’s anthology of young Australian poets, showcasing the work of an exclusive septet, comes hot on the heels of Felicity Plunkett’s more accommodating Thirty Australian P More

Martin Duwell reviews 'The Welfare of My Enemy' by Anthony Lawrence

Martin Duwell
21 March 2012

The Welfare of My Enemy is an unusual experiment in narrative poetry. Taking as its theme ‘the disappeared’, it is a set of narratives, a kind of anthology that imaginatively More

Mark Treddinick reviews 'Vishvarūpa' by Michelle Cahill

Mark Treddinick
21 March 2012

Vishvarūpa, Michelle Cahill’s second collection, is a convocation of untouchables and deities – unbelieving, irreverent, and sardonic – each a proxy for an aspect of the po More

Paul Kane reviews 'The Penguin Anthology of 20th Century American Poetry' edited by Rita Dove

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 nicel More

John Fuller: Who is Ozymandias?

Chris Wallace-Crabbe
22 February 2012

Shadowland

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

 

Outside
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 first discovered Australian literature in Argentina. While I was there studying Argentinian literature at the University of Buenos Aires in 2009–10, I spent many nights hunched over th More

Kate Middleton reviews 'The Best Australian Poems 2011' edited by John Tranter

Kate Middleton
20 January 2012

With the recent focus on new anthologies in the Australian poetry community firmly placed on UNSW Press’s Australian Poetry Since 1788 (edited by Geoffrey Lehmann and Robert Gra 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

 

Knuckled
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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