Porter Prize

Lost Property

Tracy Ryan
21 November 2014

To be alone in the wide room
in the house’s crooked elbow, turning point
for extensions as the family grew
and grew – and grew – to be alone in the one room
nobody needed now, though it might be resumed
like land, for guests or blow-ins, at any moment,
without notice (and that was part of
the appeal, the very tenuous feel of the place) to play the ... More

2007 Porter Prize winner: 'Sanctum' by Alex Skovron

Alex Skovron
20 November 2014

So there he was in the library, crouched above the floor
       like a mousetrap, squinting into his rickety parallel edition
of the Satires. The paperback was from the late fifties;

its cover had long detached, released its burden, demoted itself
       to a floating flapless jacket, and some of the pages
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Domestic Emergencies

Anthony Lawrence
20 November 2014

You’re opening a packet of star anise with a knife
designed for taking the sides from fish, when
two things happen simultaneously: the muscle
below your thumb some call the mound of Venus
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2006 Porter Prize winner: 'Still Life with Cockles and Shells' by Judith Bishop

Judith Bishop
20 November 2014

(Italian, c.17th; Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna)

Life breathes in this painting like a child
pretending not to be awake,

or a skink metamorphosed to a stone
but for the flutter in its flank.

You have to lean and listen for the heart
behind the shining paint,

the lips half-open, and the glittering eye.

Velvet of the night. A ba ... More

Poem of the Week - 'Man on the Moon' by Stephen Edgar (2005 ABR Poetry Prize winner)

Australian Book Review
19 November 2014

In ABR's seventh 'Poem of the Week' Stephen Edgar discusses and reads his poem 'Man on the Moon'.

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2013 Porter Prize Winner: John A. Scott

Amy Baillieu
30 July 2014

Four Sonnets

The Drowning of Charles Kruger, Fireman
(St Valentine’s Day, 1908)

Comes a fire into Canal Street:
its rows of clapboard tenements rotting back
to marsh. He knows it too well, the ‘furniture
district’. Th ... More

Peter Porter Poetry Prize

29 July 2014

Australian Book Review is delighted to announce that Judith Beveridge has won the 2015 Peter Porter Poetry Prize for her poem ‘As Wasps Fly Upwards’. Morag Fraser named Judith as the overall winner at a ceremony at Collected Works Bookshop in Melbourne. Judith receives $5,000 for her poem, which was selected from a field of around 600 poems.

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The Peter Porter Poetry Prize

31 July 2015

The Peter Porter Poetry Prize is one of Australia's most prestigious prizes for a new poem. The Prize – now open to all poets writing in English – is named after the great Australian poet Peter Porter (1929–2010). The Prize was first awarded in 2005 (Stephen Edgar) and was renamed in 2011, following Peter Porter's death. Past winne ... More

2017 Peter Porter Poetry Prize

29 July 2016

On March 23, before a big audience at Collected Works Bookshop in Melbourne, Morag Fraser announced the two winners of the 2017 Peter Porter Poetry Prize (worth $7,500). The winners, chosen from a field of nearly 1000 entries from twenty-two countries, are Louis Klee (Vic) for his poem ‘Sentence to Lilacs’ and Damen O’Brien (Qld)More

2018 Peter Porter Poetry Prize

31 July 2017

John Hawke Morag Fraser Nicholas Wong Peter RoseJohn Hawke, Morag Fraser, Nichola ... More

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