Peter Goldsworthy

Chris Flynn reviews Minotaur by Peter Goldsworthy

Chris Flynn
12 July 2019

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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 Goldsworthy reviews 'Collected Poems' by Les Murray

Peter Goldsworthy
26 November 2018

A seven-hundred-page Collected Poems? The cover photograph of the Big Bloke himself is an embodiment of what’s inside in all its sprawling abundance. As is his surname, which can’t hel More

Peter Goldsworthy reviews 'Hitler and Film: The Führer’s hidden passion' by Bill Niven

Peter Goldsworthy
25 May 2018

History is written by the Oscar winners in our time, which makes the responsibilities of serious historical scholarship never more important. Despite its realist pretensions – it looks a More

State Editor's Introduction by Peter Goldsworthy | States of Poetry SA - Series Two

Peter Goldsworthy
16 February 2018

Steve Brock began writing in the shadow of the New York school, but in ‘dreaming with Ted Berrigan’ – ‘I can’t remember if he said anything’ – might be saying goodbye to those earlier cool dudes and already a ... More

Peter Goldsworthy reviews 'Miłosz: A biography' by Andrzej Franaszek, edited and translated by Aleksandra Parker and Michael Parker

Peter Goldsworthy
22 December 2017

About halfway through this thick biography of the Nobel Prize-winning poet Czesław Miłosz (and halfway through the century of horrors that his life experiences uncannily track and are wi More

News from the Editor's Desk - March 2017

Australian Book Review
28 February 2017

Porter Prize

We received almost 1,000 entries in this year’s Peter Porter Poetry Prize – by far our biggest field to date. Entries came from twenty-two countries. The judges – Ali Alizadeh, Jill Jones, Felicity Plunkett – have now shortlisted More

Peter Goldsworthy reviews 'Play All: A bingewatcher's notebook' by Clive James

Peter Goldsworthy
26 October 2016

‘You might ask how a man who spent his days with the major poems of Browning could wish to spend his evenings with the minor movies of Chow Yun-fat,’ Clive James asks ...

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Peter Goldsworthy reviews 'Chorale at the Crossing' by Peter Porter

Peter Goldsworthy
26 April 2016

Peter Porter's posthumous collection of poems, Chorale at the Crossing, is preoccupied, understandably, with death – but death was a central preoccupation of his work from the beginning. How could it not be? He lost his mother at the age of nine.

Porter's two Collected Poems (1983 and 1999) were – are – stupendous, exuberant treasure- ... More

Philip Harvey reviews 'The Rise of the Machines and other love poems' by Peter Goldsworthy

Philip Harvey
24 February 2016
Speaking of the un-
spoken, jokes are a smoky
subspecies

This near-haiku is not so much a final definition of jokes as one definition of poetry. It shows up in Peter Goldsworthy's sequence 'Ars Poetica'. What he means is that the wordplay of jokes we make every day is a microcosm, a type and model of the more grandiose verbal surp ... More

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