David Malouf

Peter Rose reviews On David Malouf by Nam Le

Peter Rose
30 April 2019

For more than a decade the world has waited, patiently or disbelievingly, for a second book from Nam Le, author of The Boat (2008), a collection of seven tales that won the young More

Judith Bishop reviews 'An Open Book' by David Malouf

Judith Bishop
23 November 2018

It is a curious thing, and not a little moving, to see writers celebrated for their work in other genres turn in later life with renewed vigour to poetry. David Malouf, like Clive James, h More

Letters to the Editor - June–July 2019

Arnold Zable et al., Roger Levi
24 May 2019

Letters to the Editor: Reflections on Nam Le, David Malouf, J.M. Coetzee, and the true origin of the curate's egg ...

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David McCooey reviews 'David Malouf and the Poetic: His earlier writings' by Yvonne Smith

David McCooey
19 December 2017

Plenty of novelists begin life as poets. Few, though, have managed to maintain their status as poet–novelists quite so impressively as David Malouf. But even Malouf, in his ‘middle per More

News from the Editor's Desk - August 2016

26 July 2016

News from the the Editor's Desk in the August issue of Australian Book Review.

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News from the Editor's Desk - April 2016

01 April 2016

Porter Prize winner

Amanda Joy, from Western Australia, was named overall winner of the Peter Porter Poetry Prize at a Boyd ceremony on 9 March. Her poem is entitled 'Tailings'. All five shortlisted poets introduced and read their poems – two of them disembodiedly (More

States of Poetry 2016 - New South Wales | 'From the Balcony: Sunday Afternoon' by David Malouf

David Malouf
03 May 2016

Today in Sunday weather grevillia leaves
in turmoil, no evident breeze. A sugar hit. A honey
-eater, upside down at tilt and tumble.

The body also in Sunday mode. The mind
idling on automatic with no need
to be occupied or coloured, having come at last

to the end of a long apprenticeship in learning to leave
well alone. No empire to account to. No
a ... More

States of Poetry 2016 - New South Wales | 'Late Poem' by David Malouf

David Malouf
03 May 2016

A soft October morning,
adagio sostenuto. Some part
of me is still delayed

in sleep. It is one with
night, with daylight
stars, moths that fumble

at a window pane, bewildered
that this tract of sky,
like no other, will not yield.

The coffee cup, double espresso,
is deeper than it looks.
Each sip I take

a dark reaffirmation. ... More

States of Poetry 2016 - New South Wales | 'Pyrra' by David Malouf

David Malouf
03 May 2016

after Horace, Odes I, v

 

What slim-hipped beachboy dripping
with musk is riding you
now on a bed of roses
in your snug den, Pyrra? Is it

for him you have braided
those honey-gold locks
in a knot so neat, so
homely? One day

soon, black moods, black
looks, he'll be cursing
you and the fickle
gods who have ... More

States of Poetry 2016 - New South Wales | 'Terms of Endearment' by David Malouf

David Malouf
03 May 2016

Sweet nothings in our ear
   cherub   pumpkin   dearest chuck
but to the heart   which is the better
     listener   the password
to a tongue that only two in their comings
         and goings have access to

     A blessed mouthfu ... More

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