Poetry

Ivor Indyk reviews 'Collected Poems, 1970–1998' by John Forbes

Ivor Indyk
10 July 2019

One of the benefits of a Collected is that it places individual poems within the context of the poet’s whole More

Peter Goldsworthy reviews 'The Book of My Enemy: Collected verse 1958–2003' by Clive James

Peter Goldsworthy
03 June 2019

Someone once described Clive James as ‘a great bunch of guys’, a joke worthy of James himself, although he is probably tired of hearing it. Some of those guys – the television comedi More

Peter Steele reviews 'Collected Poems 1943–1995' by Gwen Harwood

Peter Steele
03 June 2019

W.H. Auden, following Samuel Butler, thought that ‘the true test of imagination is the ability to name a cat’, and plenty of people, poets, and others have believed this: to recast a d More

Paul Kane reviews 'The Poetry of Les Murray' edited by Laurie Hergenhan and Bruce Clunies Ross, 'Les Murray' by Steven Matthews, and 'Poems the Size of Photographs' by Les Murray

Paul Kane
03 June 2019

You might expect a book of eighty-eight new poems by Les Murray to be sizeable (most of his recent single volumes run to about sixty poems each). But Poems the Size of Photographs More

Lisa Gorton reviews 'Friendly Fire' by Jennifer Maiden

Lisa Gorton
03 June 2019

When John Tranter reviewed Jennifer Maiden’s first collection, Tactics (1974), he noted its ‘brilliant yet difficult imagery’ and a style ‘so idiosyncratic and forceful in More

Geoff Page reviews The Tomb of the Unknown Artist by Andy Kissane

Geoff Page
23 May 2019

Andy Kissane, who (with Belle Ling) shared the 2019 Peter Porter Poetry Prize, is one of Australia’s most moving poets. He is unfailingly empathetic, a master of poetic narrative – and More

Darius Sepehri reviews The Shahnameh: The Persian epic as world literature by Hamid Dabashi

Darius Sepehri
22 April 2019

Not many peoples are able to read poems in their language written one thousand years ago, as Persian speakers in Iran, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan do today with Ferdowsi’s Shahnameh< More

Judith Bishop reviews Crow College: New and selected poems by Emma Lew

Judith Bishop
15 April 2019

Original voices are always slippery to describe. The familiar weighing mechanism More

Joan Fleming reviews Short Poems of New Zealand edited by Jenny Bornholdt

Joan Fleming
25 March 2019

A new anthology of bite-sized New Zealand poems is freshly out from Victoria University Press. VUP is the Wellington-based publisher closely associated with the University’s renowned cre More

Jen Webb reviews Blakwork by Alison Whittaker and Walking with Camels: The story of Bertha Strehlow by Leni Shilton

Jen Webb
25 March 2019

Alison Whittaker’s début collection, Lemons in the Chicken Wire (2015), introduced a genuinely new voice to Australian poetry: that of a Gomeroi woman, a Fulbright scholar, and More

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