From the cover of Jennifer Maiden's latest book (The Fox Petition, Giramondo, $24 pb, 96 pp, 9781922146946), a wood-cut fox stares the reader down. This foreign, seditious animal is the perfect emblem for Maiden's examination of the xenophobia, conformity, and general moral diminution that she sees around her. Giramondo have given Maiden the liberty of an a ...
The Poems of T.S. Eliot, Volume one: collected and uncollected poems edited by Christopher Ricks and Jim McCue & The Poems of T.S. Eliot, Volume two: practical cats and further verses edited by Christopher Ricks and Jim McCue
Rose Lucas reviews 'Ground' by Martin Langford, 'Eating my Grandmother' by Krissy Kneen, and 'Now You Shall Know' by Jennifer Compton
In their very different ways, these three collections attest that contemporary Australian poetry is alive, robust, and engaging.
Puncher and Wattmann have delivered a generous collection of Martin Langford's most recent poems, Ground ($25 pb, 158 pp, 9781922186751). As we have come to expect from Langford, the voice we find here is strong – passio ...
The Rise of the Machines and other love poems by Peter Goldsworthy
Prayers of a Secular World edited by Jordie Albiston and Kevin Brophy
Selected Poems from Les Fleurs du mal by Charles Baudelaire, translated by Jan Owen
With her first book, Zoetrope, in 1995, MTC Cronin announced herself as a very particular force in Australian poetry. It was not just that her début was so much more immediately arresting than most poets' first outings, but also that it had real authority. This authority, coming from force of intellect and a kind of absolutist, almost inscribed imagination ...