Poet of the month

Paul Hetherington is Poet of the Month

Australian Book Review
30 March 2017

Which poets have most influenced you? In the 1980s I read Emily Dickinson’s poetry intensively, and I suspect that her superbly compressed work is ingrained within me. In late adolescence I loved the musicality of W More

Bronwyn Lea is Poet of the Month

26 February 2017

Which poets have most influenced you? I first fell for the British Romantics: Keats for his sensitivity, and Byron for his humour, both qualities I try to exercise in my own work. Otherwis More

Bill Manhire is Poet of the Month

Australian Book Review
28 October 2016

Which poets have most influenced you? Before I knew about poetry it would have been the Grimms, plus Orson Welles reading ‘The Happy Prince’. Then R.A.K. Mason, Carl ...

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Sarah Holland-Batt is Poet of the Month

Australian Book Review
26 September 2016

My first poetic influences were all American, due to the fact that I spent my critical early reading years in the United States. My poetic imagination is steeped in the disjecta membra of ...

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Geoff Page is Poet of the Month

Australian Book Review
24 August 2016

Which poets have most influenced you? Important early influences included Bruce Dawe, David Campbell, and Judith Wright, along with Americans such as William ...

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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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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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Kent MacCarter is Poet of the Month

25 February 2016

WHICH POETS HAVE MOST INFLUENCED YOU?

From North America: August Kleinzahler, Frank O'Hara, Ed Dorn, Denise Levertov, and Richard Brautigan. From Australia: John Forbes, Randolph Stow, and Gig Ryan. Also, Ambrose Bierce, James Thurber, Berke Breathed ... More

Stephen Edgar is Poet of the Month

27 November 2015

WHICH POETS HAVE MOST INFLUENCED YOU?

Influence can be overt, deliberate imitation, or more subtle, an absorption one is hardly aware of. I deliberately imitated Dylan Thomas in my adolescence and learned, along with some bad habits, much about formal technique from him – as from Donne, Herbert, Milton, Keats, Yeats, Hardy, Auden, Larkin, Hecht. In ... More

David McCooey is Poet of the Month

27 April 2015

WHICH POETS HAVE MOST INFLUENCED YOU?

Countless contemporary Australian poets, Tomas Tranströmer, Weldon Kees, Elizabeth Bishop. I could go on, but it’s not just poets. I would love to write a poem as ‘poetic’ as Michelangelo Antonioni’s films. I wish I could be as funny as Pierre Étaix. And th ... More

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