Louise Oxley

States of Poetry 2016 Tasmania Podcast | 'Graces Road' by Louise Oxley

03 March 2017

In this episode of Australian Book Review's States of Poetry podcast, Louise Oxley reads her poem 'Graces Road' which features in th ... 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

States of Poetry 2016 - TAS | 'Graces Road' by Louise Oxley

Louise Oxley
16 February 2017

Graces Road

 

Rise above it, my mother used to say,
and now she's old, she herself is something I must rise above.
Just now, to separate myself, I turned and drove,
and finding Graces Road, followed its name
upwards to paddocks that a summer of scant rain
had worked into yellow and m ... More

States of Poetry 2016 - TAS | 'Notes from the inland' by Louise Oxley

Louise Oxley
16 February 2017

Notes from the inland

 

When he goes into that country,
a man loses his thinking
                                  Patrick Mung Mung

 

A tree opens
a crack ... More

States of Poetry 2016 - TAS | 'Woman in Bath' by Louise Oxley

Louise Oxley
16 February 2017

Woman in Bath

 after Brett Whiteley’s Woman in Bath (1964)

 

There was fog on the windows,
inside and out.
She wound her hair into a bun
and eased into the shallow water.
I stood in the doorway, squinting.
                  &n ... More

States of Poetry 2016 - TAS | 'Reply from the Women of Tangier' by Louise Oxley

Louise Oxley
16 February 2017

Reply from the Women of Tangier

 

after Brett Whiteley’s The Majestic Hotel, Tangier (1967)

 

So secretly together do we wear
our separateness, we’re so complete
he gives us the white stare.

Easy to see decay and disrepair
in the spittle and hashish-ruined streets.
But secretly together we all wear

our ... More

States of Poetry 2016 - TAS | 'Green Mountain (Fiji)' by Louise Oxley

Louise Oxley
16 February 2017

Green Mountain (Fiji)

 

after Brett Whiteley’s The Green Mountain (Fiji) (1969)

 

The skyward pitch of the hill in its green glory
rising heavy and indolent as the knee of a woman
sunbathing in a sarong,
and the thigh that leads from this knee,
an emerald downswelling syncline,
end where the womb’s elasti ... More

States of Poetry 2016 - TAS | About Louise Oxley

Australian Book Review
13 February 2017
Louise Oxley lives in the D’Entrecasteaux Channel area, south of Hobart. Her second and most recent collection of poetry, Buoyancy, was shortlisted in the WA Premier’s Literary A More