Paul Hetherington

Paul Hetherington reviews 'Some Things to Place in a Coffin' by Bill Manhire

Paul Hetherington
30 May 2017

Poetry books that focus on memory, recuperation, and loss are common, but it is rare to find poems that speak about such matters as sparely and eloquently as these do. Bill Manhire’s new poems are bony and sinewy, resonating with an awareness of public and personal grief. Although these works often speak by indirection, many of them pack a real punch. As Manhire p ... More

Paul Hetherington is Poet of the Month

Australian Book Review
30 March 2017

Which poets have most influenced you? In the 1980s I read Emily Dickinson’s poetry intensively, and I suspect that her superbly compressed work is ingrained within me. In late adolescence I loved the musicality of W More

'Ship' by Paul Hetherington

Paul Hetherington
28 March 2017
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Books of the Year 2016

Sheila Fitzpatrick et al.
23 November 2016

Originally published in German, Albrecht Dümling’s The Vanished Musicians: Jewish refugees in Australia More

States of Poetry 2016 ACT Podcast | 'Gap' and 'River' by Paul Hetherington

30 June 2016

In this episode of Australian Book Review's States of Poetry podcast, Paul Hetherington reads 'Gap' and 'River' which feature in the 2016 ACT anthology.

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'Black Dress' by Paul Hetherington | States of Poetry ACT - Series One

Paul Hetherington
23 February 2016

for TAW
(from 'Paintings')

This black dress
is also a painting –
it hangs on a wall
where light holds it close.
It's a doorway to places
no-one quite knows;
that bloom and rain
with extravagant vistas.

We've sometimes entered
into the painting
dipping dark hats,
watching children
riding down lanes
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'Eyes' by Paul Hetherington | States of Poetry ACT - Series One

Paul Hetherington
23 February 2016

for BL
(from 'Paintings')

 

A hundred eyes
examine me like an insect,
red and yellow like fear.
What walks about me
in dirty boots, holding my ideas
ridiculous? Whose face
visits restless nights,
threatening to blank my dreams ... More

'River' by Paul Hetherington | States of Poetry ACT - Series One

Paul Hetherington
23 February 2016

There was never an explanation
as to why he walked into the river,
took hold of a log
and floated away.
They found letters
but the love he expressed
in sometimes obsessive detail
was no explanation –
except, the coroner declared
that perhaps it indicated
'a lack of a grasp', etc.
Someone who saw him pass by
said that he was waterlogg ... More

'Dwelling' by Paul Hetherington | States of Poetry ACT - Series One

Paul Hetherington
23 February 2016

Every morning, with an authority
of clinging, earthy foundations
a house sat in air.
Inside someone was singing an aria
about how love inflects its failings
and a woman, absorbed in her toilette
considered how pained words work
the world awry, even as air fills with song.
Outside a man hammered boards
to make a dwelling; crows sat on a wire
as i ... More

'Gap' by Paul Hetherington | States of Poetry ACT - Series One

Paul Hetherington
23 February 2016

A gap opened every evening
emitting a panting – as soft as darkness,
or stray dog at exhaustion's end.
Unsettling, like a straggly bird,
it dropped dark feathers
of prickling desire into the room.
It knew the edges of solitude
like the blue glacier's encrusted ice,
and morphed into a clouded mirror
on which each searching glance stuck fast.

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