Poetry

'Spring Idylls' by Gig Ryan

Gig Ryan
27 March 2018

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‘My new persona helped me to make money,’ says the streamer,
but cruel and petty, unhoped for ideal like a hovercraft shimmers
behind a definition of a chair ...

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Jill Jones reviews 'Interval' by Judith Bishop

Jill Jones
27 March 2018

Judith Bishop’s Interval appears just over a decade since the publication of her first book, also using a one-word title, Event (Salt, 2007). This gap seems far too lon More

2018 Porter Prize Shortlist

22 February 2018

'101, Taipei' by Nicholas Wong, 'Compass' by Eileen Chong, 'The Abstract Blue Background' by LK Holt, 'Decoding Paul Klee’s Mit Grünen Strümpfen (With Green Stockings) 1939' by Katherine Healy, and 'breat More

David McCooey reviews 'Renga: 100 poems' by John Kinsella and Paul Kane

David McCooey
22 February 2018

Poets aren’t generally known for being great collaborators. Wordsworth and Coleridge’s 'Lyrical Ballads' (1798) is a rare example of a co-authored canonical work of poetry. 'Renga: 100 More

Bruce Moore reviews 'Beowulf' translated by Stephen Mitchell

Bruce Moore
22 February 2018

The Old English Beowulf, the most important poem in English before Chaucer, was probably composed in the eighth century. The poem traces Beowulf’s three fights against the monst More

Toby Fitch reviews 'Brink' by Jill Jones and 'Passage' by Kate Middleton

Toby Fitch
22 December 2017

The poetic epigraphs that introduce all three sections in Brink, Jill Jones’s tenth full-length poetry collection, are collaged fragments from the poems proper. Moodily, they skirt the e More

David McCooey reviews 'David Malouf and the Poetic: His earlier writings' by Yvonne Smith

David McCooey
19 December 2017

Plenty of novelists begin life as poets. Few, though, have managed to maintain their status as poet–novelists quite so impressively as David Malouf. But even Malouf, in his ‘middle per More

Peter Kenneally reviews 'These Things Are Real' by Alan Wearne

Peter Kenneally
24 November 2017

Alan Wearne’s work over the past thirty years or so – dense, demanding, unique, rewarding – is like the oeuvre of a cinematic auteur: one that never quite got onto the syllabus, or b More

Gregory Day reviews 'The Best Australian Poems 2017' edited by Sarah Holland-Batt

Gregory Day
24 November 2017

When W.H. Auden took the cue for his poem ‘Musée des Beaux Arts’ from Brueghel’s Fall of Icarus, he did not presume the reader’s knowledge of the iconography of the More

Susan Sheridan reviews 'Thea Astley: Selected poems' edited by Cheryl Taylor

Susan Sheridan
27 October 2017

Thea Astley had a way with words. Her novels are studded with arresting metaphors, atrocious puns, hilarious one-liners, arcane words, technical terms from music, geometry and logic, relig More

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