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States of Poetry 2016 NSW Podcast | 'Crisis Poem' by Fiona Wright

20 May 2016

In this episode of Australian Book Review's States of Poetry podcast, Fiona Wright reads her poem 'Crisis Poem' which features in the 2016 New South Wales anthology.

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States of Poetry 2016 NSW Podcast | 'Potts Point' by Fiona Wright

23 May 2016

In this episode of Australian Book Review's States of Poetry podcast, Fiona Wright reads her poem 'Potts Point' which features in the 2016 New South Wales anthology.

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States of Poetry 2016 NSW Podcast | 'Set Piece' by Fiona Wright

23 May 2016

In this episode of Australian Book Review's States of Poetry podcast, Fiona Wright reads her poem 'Set Piece' which features in the 2016 New South Wales anthology.

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States of Poetry 2016 NSW Podcast | 'Smith's Lake' by Fiona Wright

23 May 2016

In this episode of Australian Book Review's States of Poetry podcast, Fiona Wright reads her poem 'Smith's Lake' which features in the 2016 New South Wales anthology.

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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

News from the Editor's Desk - March 2016

26 February 2016

Porter Prize

Five poems have been shortlisted in the 2016 Peter Porter Poetry Prize. The poets are Dan Disney, Anne Elvey, Amanda Joy, Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet, and Campbell Thomson; their poems can be read 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

'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

'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

Extracts from 'abandoned house music' by Jen Crawford | States of Poetry ACT - Series One

Jen Crawford
23 February 2016

messenger

 

I mother a scorching fence
I mother a child against a fence

and the cry

here come the shellshocked to arm the day
here come collectors for the shells

amber cry

nest-thief

seed-eye

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