Poetry

It is a measure of the stature of William Wordsworth among his younger contemporaries that he would find himself subject to innumerable challenges over the early years of the nineteenth century. What upset the second generation of Romantic poets – Percy Bysshe Shelley, Lord Byron, and, to some extent ...

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Brendan Ryan reviews 'Fire Diary' by Mark Tredinnick

Brendan Ryan
Monday, 22 August 2011

Mark Tredinnick’s much-anticipated first collection of poetry, Fire Diary, is an examination of place and how to respond to it. The title provides a clue to the form of the book; many poems chart the daily exigencies of living within nature. More importantly, the collection explores the moods and aspirations of the self ...

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joanne burns: amphora

Rose Lucas
Monday, 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 ...

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 ...

Raymond Roussel: New Impressions of Africa

William Heyward
Wednesday, 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 ...

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

Philip Mead
Wednesday, 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 ...

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 ...

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Colombine selects from Jennifer Harrison’s four previous collections and adds a book-length group of new poems. In keeping with current practice, the new poems precede the selections, so that anyone wanting to consider Harrison’s twenty-year poetic career in terms of development has to begin ...

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Robyn Rowland: Seasons of Doubt & Burning

Maria Takolander
Wednesday, 04 May 2011

‘Hope in flight’

Maria Takolander

 

 

Seasons of doubt & burning: New & Selected Poems
by Robyn Rowland
Five Islands Press, $29.95 pb, 226 pp, 9789734041609

 

Robyn Rowland writes what could be described as a traditionally femi ...

The deeply troubled Francis Webb, a magician with language, is still one of the two or three most remarkable poets Australia has produced, if nation-states can be said to produce creative artists. His life proved dark and painful, wherever he was located, but he worshipped language, in parallel with his worship of the Christian trinity ... ... (read more)