Poetry

Peter Steele: A Local Habitation

Philip Harvey
07 October 2011

Gravitas and levitas

Philip Harvey

 

A Local Habitation: Poems and Homilies
by Peter Steele, edited by Sean Burke
Newman College, $39.95 hb, 168 pp, 9780734041708

 

Once in a seminar long ago, I heard Peter Steele quote one of Winston Churchill’s more ... More

Gary Catalano: Fresh Linen; Roland Robinson: The Hooded Lamp; and Ken Taylor: At Valentines

Julian Croft
07 October 2011

Picaro reissues of significant poetry collections

Julian Croft

 

Fresh Linen
by Gary Catalano
Picaro Press, $15 pb, 76 pp, 9781921691010

 

The Hooded Lamp
by Roland Robinson
Picaro Press, $15 pb, 56 pp, 9781921691027

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Nigel Smith: Andrew Marvell

Lisa Gorton
23 August 2011

Reserve and pity almost meet in Andrew Marvell

Lisa Gorton

 

Andrew Marvell: the Chameleon
by Nigel Smith
Yale University Press (Inbooks), $55.95 hb, 416 pp, 9780300112214

 

In 1629, Charles I of England sent Daniel Nys to Europe to buy art. Along with ... More

A.D. Cousins and Peter Howarth (eds): The Cambridge Companion to the Sonnet

William Christie
23 August 2011

‘Scorn not the sonnet’

William Christie

 

The Cambridge Companion to the Sonnet
edited by A.D. Cousins and Peter Howarth
Cambridge University Press, $34.95 pb, 290 pp, 9780521735537

 

It is a measure of the stature of William Wordsworth among his y ... More

Mark Tredinnick: Fire Diary

Brendan Ryan
22 August 2011

Walking the line

Brendan Ryan

 

Fire Diary
by Mark Tredinnick
Puncher & Wattmann, $24 pb, 105 pp, 9781921450402

 

Mark Tredinnick’s much-anticipated first collection of poetry, Fire Diary, is an examination of place and how to respond to ... More

joanne burns: amphora

Rose Lucas
22 August 2011

Scatter

Rose Lucas

 

amphora
by joanne burns
Giramondo, $24.95 pb, 136 pp, 9781920882631

 

joanne burns has long been a force in Australian poetry. amphora, her thirteenth collection, builds on that legacy wit ... More

Thoughts on the place of translation in recent Australian poetry

Simon West
29 June 2011

In a 1995 interview for the Paris Review, Ted Hughes was asked if the 1960s boom in translated poetry, particularly with series such as the Penguin Modern European Poets, had influenced poetry written in England. ‘Has it modified the British tradition!’ he replied. ‘Everything is now completely open, every approach, with infinite possibilities. Obviou ... More

Raymond Roussel: New Impressions of Africa

William Heyward
29 June 2011

Babushka doll

William Heyward

 

New Impressions of Africa: Nouvelles Impressions d’Afrique
by Raymond Roussel (translated by Mark Ford)
Princeton University Press (Footprint Books), $47.95 hb, 253 pp, 9780691144597

 

Like all of his earlier books, Ra ... More

Robert Adamson (ed.): The Best Australian Poems 2010

Philip Mead
04 May 2011

An absorbing report from the land of poetry

Philip Mead

 

The Best Australian Poems 2010
edited by Robert Adamson
Black Inc., $24.95 pb, 250 pp, 9781863954969

 

Anyone who hasn’t caught up with the thriving diversity of recent Australian poetry shoul ... More

Peter Craven on Porter's 'The Rest on the Flight'

Peter Craven
04 May 2011

It’s the voice, isn’t it, of a master, so unmistakably in command of a music that is inseparable from the personal modesty that is its signature, which belies all grandeur and refuses to take credit for the gift but has it nonetheless in abundance. When Craig Sherborne read the last poem in this Selected Poems, ‘After Schiller’, at the Melbourne mem ... More

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