Poetry

David McCooey reviews 'The Hatred of Poetry' by Ben Lerner

David McCooey
25 July 2016

Do people hate poetry, as the title of Ben Lerner's terrific book-sized essay implies? In Lerner's account, poetry is associated with hatred and contempt, even by ...

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Stephen Edgar reviews 'Collected Poems' by Vikram Seth

Stephen Edgar
21 July 2016

In one of the poems in Summer Requiem, the most recent of the books in this capacious volume, Seth recalls when he decided to write, 'What even today puzzles me ...

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Jill Jones is Poet of the Month

Australian Book Review
24 May 2016

Jill Jones is Poet of the Month in the June-July issue of Australian Book Review.

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Peter Kenneally reviews '101 Poems' by John Foulcher, 'Small Town Soundtrack' by Brendan Ryan, and 'Ahead of Us' by Dennis Haskell

Peter Kenneally
24 May 2016

Reading these three books in April, it was impossible not to see in them flashes of what Ross McMullin has described in war artist Will Dyson's drawings from World War I ...

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'Mick and Bianca Jagger, Newlyweds' by David McCooey

David McCooey
24 May 2016

We are in the back of the Bentley;
the church and the Riviera crowds
are behind us. The sunroof is open ...

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'Woodwind Ode' by Sharon Olds

Sharon Olds
24 May 2016

When the temperature drops, and the wind begins
to moan, through the coils of the air conditioner,
and I wonder how the wind chooses ...

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States of Poetry 2016 Podcast | State editor Elizabeth Allen introduces the New South Wales anthology

16 May 2016

In this episode of the Australian Book Review's States of Poetry Podcast, state editor Peter Goldsworthy introduces the 2016 New South Wales poets: Aidan Coleman, Jelena Dinic, Ji More

Jordie Albiston is Poet of the Month

28 April 2016

WHICH POETS HAVE MOST INFLUENCED YOU?

Emily Dickinson, for her economy; Shakespeare, for his geometric patterning; Elizabeth Bishop, for her precision; Manley Hopkins, for his extravagant tensions; Jorie Graham, for her sustained experimentation with form; Lewis Carroll, for his rhythms; Dr Seuss, for his irrepressible sense of whimsy, and the absurd.

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Geoff Page reviews 'Jack & Mollie (& Her)' by Jordie Albiston

Geoff Page
27 April 2016

Although William Carlos Williams, with some accuracy, claimed that 'every' poem is an 'experiment', the number of successful experiments is relatively rare. Jordie Albiston's new 'long poem' or 'verse novel' (call it what you will) is triumphantly experimental in both technique and content.

In technique, Albiston has done several things which, in other hands ... More

Peter Goldsworthy reviews 'Chorale at the Crossing' by Peter Porter

Peter Goldsworthy
26 April 2016

Peter Porter's posthumous collection of poems, Chorale at the Crossing, is preoccupied, understandably, with death – but death was a central preoccupation of his work from the beginning. How could it not be? He lost his mother at the age of nine.

Porter's two Collected Poems (1983 and 1999) were – are – stupendous, exuberant treasure- ... More

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