Poetry

Lisa Gorton reviews 'Friendly Fire' by Jennifer Maiden

Lisa Gorton
03 June 2019

When John Tranter reviewed Jennifer Maiden’s first collection, Tactics (1974), he noted its ‘brilliant yet difficult imagery’ and a style ‘so idiosyncratic and forceful in More

Geoff Page reviews The Tomb of the Unknown Artist by Andy Kissane

Geoff Page
23 May 2019

Andy Kissane, who (with Belle Ling) shared the 2019 Peter Porter Poetry Prize, is one of Australia’s most moving poets. He is unfailingly empathetic, a master of poetic narrative – and More

Geoff Page reviews The Tomb of the Unknown Artist by Andy Kissane

Geoff Page
01 July 2009

Andy Kissane, who (with Belle Ling) shared the 2019 Peter Porter Poetry Prize, is one of Australia’s most moving poets. He is unfailingly empathetic, a master of poetic narrative – and More

Darius Sepehri reviews The Shahnameh: The Persian epic as world literature by Hamid Dabashi

Darius Sepehri
22 April 2019

Not many peoples are able to read poems in their language written one thousand years ago, as Persian speakers in Iran, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan do today with Ferdowsi’s Shahnameh< More

Judith Bishop reviews Crow College: New and selected poems by Emma Lew

Judith Bishop
15 April 2019

Original voices are always slippery to describe. The familiar weighing mechanism More

Joan Fleming reviews Short Poems of New Zealand edited by Jenny Bornholdt

Joan Fleming
25 March 2019

A new anthology of bite-sized New Zealand poems is freshly out from Victoria University Press. VUP is the Wellington-based publisher closely associated with the University’s renowned cre More

Jen Webb reviews Blakwork by Alison Whittaker and Walking with Camels: The story of Bertha Strehlow by Leni Shilton

Jen Webb
25 March 2019

Alison Whittaker’s début collection, Lemons in the Chicken Wire (2015), introduced a genuinely new voice to Australian poetry: that of a Gomeroi woman, a Fulbright scholar, and More

Geoff Page reviews Green Shadows and Other Poems by Gerald Murnane

Geoff Page
25 February 2019

There has been a long and often troubled history of poets writing novels and novelists writing poetry. The skills needed are very different and equally hard to learn. Few writers have made More

Jennifer Strauss reviews The Feather Boy & Other Poems by Judith Rodriguez

Jennifer Strauss
25 February 2019

Judith Rodriguez, who died in November 2018, was a champion of other people’s causes: the right to be heard, the right to freedom from persecution, the right to refuge when such freedom More

John Hawke reviews 'Feeding the Ghost 1: Criticism on contemporary Australian poetry' edited by Andy Kissane, David Musgrave, and Carolyn Rickett

John Hawke
20 December 2018

Perhaps the most encouraging sign in this Puncher & Wattmann collection of critical essays on contemporary Australian poets is the prominent ‘1’ on its front cover, promising that More

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