States of Poetry 2016

States of Poetry 2016 Podcast | State editor Lucy Dougan introduces the Western Australian anthology

16 May 2016

In this episode of the Australian Book Review's States of Poetry Podcast, state editor Lucy Dougan introduces the 2016 Western Australian poets: Barbara Temperton, Charmaine Paper More

States of Poetry 2016 Podcast | State editor David McCooey introduces the Victorian anthology

Australian Book Review
04 March 2016
In this first episode of the Australian Book Review's States of Poetry Podcast, state editor David McCooey introduces the 2016 Victorian poets: Amy Brown, Kevin Brophy, Michael Farre More

States of Poetry 2016 Podcast | State editor Jen Webb introduces the ACT anthology

Australian Book Review
07 March 2016
In this episode of the Australian Book Review's States of Poetry Podcast, state editor Jen Webb introduces the 2016 ACT poets: Adrian Caesar, Jen Crawford, Paul Hetherington, Jeanine More

States of Poetry 2016 - Victoria | State Editor's Introduction by David McCooey

David McCooey
29 February 2016

Melbourne is home to numerous poetic institutions, including Australian Poetry Inc, Collected Works (Australia's best bookshop for poetry), and, of course, Australian Book Review. Among these institutions there are vibrant – if sometimes occult – print, audio-visual, and spoken-word scenes. Regional Victoria is far from eclipsed by the metropolitan cent ... More

'Spring Fall' by Adrian Caesar | States of Poetry ACT - Series One

Adrian Caesar
22 February 2016

I see you stand with your back to me
at the French window as you did last March
looking at early flowers
yellow and crimson, pansy and primrose
peeping from their crust of snow and
above them the steel-sculpted angel
rearing from a wooden plinth: guardian
of the courtyard. In those bleak days I knew
you were reading the cemetery metaphor
of your blig ... More

'Crafting Consolation' by Adrian Caesar | States of Poetry ACT - Series One

Adrian Caesar
22 February 2016

Your kind friend sent a condolence card
and in the envelope a small white feather
which, she said, seemed to come from nowhere.
Angel's wings obviously, I wrote in my reply.
And for days after everywhere I went
I found small replicas, as if some tiny
feathered thing had scattered its moulting
on urban pavements, in shops and unlikely
bathrooms, a ... More

'Shell Burial' by Adrian Caesar | States of Poetry ACT - Series One

Adrian Caesar
22 February 2016

Without bucket or spade we build
the sandcastle, dragging and gathering
piling and patting our little Camelot.
I excavate a moat, shape a drawbridge,
a sloping road leading to the keep,
while you look for shells to decorate
the edifice, or so I thought, the way we'd
done last holiday some months ago.
But this time you have another purpose:
instead of ... More

'A Salutation' by Adrian Caesar | States of Poetry ACT - Series One

Adrian Caesar
22 February 2016

Some months after the funeral,
checking emails from the other hemisphere,
there's one from Pauline; subject: Hell.
It's not promising. My mind traverses
the last five years, their litany of loss –
a son, two friends and mentors,
then you, lovely sister, and like some grim
comedic postscript even Frankie
the cat succumbed. Suffice to say
I ... More

'Charlotte's Grace' by Adrian Caesar | States of Poetry ACT - Series One

Adrian Caesar
22 February 2016

(For my grand-daughter)

Coming in with stones from the garden
your first impulse is to make them shine.
Washing rocks, you call it, and give them
full treatment, soap and flannel and rinse,
your three year old hands and eyes intent,
absorbed, and this not a one-off game;
it becomes a favourite as if
to establish your own ritual
y ... More

'did, have' by Jen Crawford | States of Poetry ACT - Series One

Jen Crawford
22 February 2016

my mum, being this, terribly emotional, also some part, egalitarian,
'I give him six months, then he won't be, any longer. and she
who is afraid of the mobile
telephone

under clock water when the print reverses, St Pancras, the Hardy
Tree necked in hours, of roots, of entry, oublié, headstones
clicking crabclaw
telegraphy, un
addition, s'il vous plait ... More

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