States of Poetry 2016 - Western Australia

Welcome to States of Poetry, a major new project intended to highlight the quality and diversity of contemporary Australian poetry. Funded by Copyright Agency's Cultural Fund, this is one of the first federally arranged poetry anthologies published in this country. All states and territories will be covered with separate anthologies, each of them edited by a senior poet living in, or closely associated with, that state. The state editors will choose six local poets actively publishing new work (up to five poems per poet). The state anthologies will appear on our website with introductions from the state editor, biographies and remarks from the individual poets, recordings, and other features. The Western Australian anthology was edited by Lucy Dougan and features poems by Carolyn Abbs, Kia Groom, Graham Kershaw, Charmaine Papertalk-Green, J.P. Quinton, and Barbara Temperton.

States of Poetry 2016 - Western Australia

States of Poetry 2016 - Western Australia | State Editor's Introduction by Lucy Dougan

Lucy Dougan

'Poetry is a necessity of life ... It is a function of poetry to locate those zones inside us that would be free, and declare them so.'  C.D. Wright


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States of Poetry - Western Australia | About Carolyn Abbs

Australian Book Review
Carolyn Abbs grew up in the south of England, and now lives in Fremantle, Western Australia. More

States of Poetry 2016 - Western Australia | ‘At the house where my father was born’ by Carolyn Abbs

Carolyn Abbs

'It hurts to go through walls, it makes you sick,
but it's necessary.' − Tomas Tranströmer

I'd expected a labyrinth of small dark rooms, yet
the house was ... More

States of Poetry 2016 - Western Australia | ‘Orphan’s Boot’ by Carolyn Abbs

Carolyn Abbs

(found in rubble beneath a church — New Norcia)

Distempered walls crowd in cold at the old
schoolroom, resonant with the chant of times
tables, scrape of chalk on slate; a nun might
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