Poetry

Stephanie Guest on Finding Australian Literature at the University of Melbourne

Stephanie Guest
23 January 2012

I first discovered Australian literature in Argentina. While I was there studying Argentinian literature at the University of Buenos Aires in 2009–10, I spent many nights hunched over th More

Kate Middleton reviews 'The Best Australian Poems 2011' edited by John Tranter

Kate Middleton
20 January 2012

With the recent focus on new anthologies in the Australian poetry community firmly placed on UNSW Press’s Australian Poetry Since 1788 (edited by Geoffrey Lehmann and Robert Gra More

Fiona Morrison (ed.): Selected Prose of Dorothy Hewett

Bruce Bennett
20 January 2012

Romantic modernist

Bruce Bennett

 

Selected Prose of Dorothy Hewett
edited by Fiona Morrison
UWA Publishing, $32.95 pb, 282 pp, 9781921401626

 

Best known for her poetry and plays, Dorothy Hewett was also the author of novels, short stories and numerou ... More

Fiona Wright: Knuckled

Rose Lucas
20 January 2012

Dream. Drive. Drizzle.

Rose Lucas

 

Knuckled
by Fiona Wright
Giramondo, $24 pb, 92 pp, 9781920882754

 

Knuckled, poet and editor Fiona Wright’s highly anticipated first collection, arrives with an assuredness of style and voice that ... More

Fiona Wright reviews 'Thirty Australian Poets' edited by Felicity Plunkett

Fiona Wright
25 November 2011

Although it has been almost half a century since 1968, a year readily mythologised in Australian poetry, the so-called Generation of ’68 are still the most talked-about contemporary poet More

Australian Poetry Since 1788

Michael Hofmann
25 November 2011

Stumbling round the house absent-mindedly or in the off-hours, I wonder where the economy-sized fish tank came from; or the dictionary of some unexpectedly eloquent Oceanian language; or the errant slab of copper sulphate (did some friend or enemy leave it?). Then I remember that it’s the new Australian poetry anthology I am reviewing, the thick end of 1100 large ... More

Peter Kenneally reviews 'Australian Poetry Journal: Beginnings' edited by Bronwyn Lea

Peter Kenneally
24 November 2011

Bronwyn Lea has chosen ‘Beginnings’ as the theme for the first issue of Poetry Australia’s new journal. The Editor has some interesting things to say about a poem’s ‘beginning’ More

James Harms reviews 'New and Selected Poems' by Gig Ryan

James Harms
24 November 2011

Gig Ryan is something of a postmodern classicist, deftly balancing John Ashbery’s slippery indeterminacy and Anne Carson’s lyric innovation. She is also a complete original. It is diff More

Rose Lucas reviews 'The Wing Collection: New and Selected Poems' by Diane Fahey

Rose Lucas
24 November 2011

Over nearly thirty years and ten books, Diane Fahey has made a significant contribution to Australian poetry. The Wing Collection, from Puncher & Wattmann, showcases a wonderf More

Martin Duwell reviews 'Slo-Mo Tsunami and Other Poems' by Bruce Dawe

Martin Duwell
24 November 2011

The title of Bruce Dawe’s first collection, No Fixed Address (1962), pointed to an early working life of innumerable casual jobs. This was covered to some extent in Stephany Ste More

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