These three volumes, reprints of books published in the 1970s and 1980s, appear in the Art Box Series by Picaro Press. Reasonably priced, they will give contemporary readers a sense of the seedbed of Australian poetry a few decades ago. These volumes do just that. It would be hard to imagine a ...

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Nigel Smith: Andrew Marvell

Lisa Gorton
Tuesday, 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 ...

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


Rose Lucas


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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