Mark Tredinnick: Fire Diary

Brendan Ryan
22 August 2011

Walking the line

Brendan Ryan


Fire Diary
by Mark Tredinnick
Puncher & Wattmann, $24 pb, 105 pp, 9781921450402


Mark Tredinnick’s much-anticipated first collection of poetry, Fire Diary, is an examination of place and how to respond to ... More

joanne burns: amphora

Rose Lucas
22 August 2011


Rose Lucas


by joanne burns
Giramondo, $24.95 pb, 136 pp, 9781920882631


joanne burns has long been a force in Australian poetry. amphora, her thirteenth collection, builds on that legacy wit ... More

Thoughts on the place of translation in recent Australian poetry

Simon West
29 June 2011

In a 1995 interview for the Paris Review, Ted Hughes was asked if the 1960s boom in translated poetry, particularly with series such as the Penguin Modern European Poets, had influenced poetry written in England. ‘Has it modified the British tradition!’ he replied. ‘Everything is now completely open, every approach, with infinite possibilities. Obviou ... More

Raymond Roussel: New Impressions of Africa

William Heyward
29 June 2011

Babushka doll

William Heyward


New Impressions of Africa: Nouvelles Impressions d’Afrique
by Raymond Roussel (translated by Mark Ford)
Princeton University Press (Footprint Books), $47.95 hb, 253 pp, 9780691144597


Like all of his earlier books, Ra ... More

Robert Adamson (ed.): The Best Australian Poems 2010

Philip Mead
04 May 2011

An absorbing report from the land of poetry

Philip Mead


The Best Australian Poems 2010
edited by Robert Adamson
Black Inc., $24.95 pb, 250 pp, 9781863954969


Anyone who hasn’t caught up with the thriving diversity of recent Australian poetry shoul ... More

Peter Craven on Porter's 'The Rest on the Flight'

Peter Craven
04 May 2011

It’s the voice, isn’t it, of a master, so unmistakably in command of a music that is inseparable from the personal modesty that is its signature, which belies all grandeur and refuses to take credit for the gift but has it nonetheless in abundance. When Craig Sherborne read the last poem in this Selected Poems, ‘After Schiller’, at the Melbourne mem ... More

Jennifer Harrison: Colombine

Martin Duwell
04 May 2011

Poet of pairs

Martin Duwell


Colombine: New & Selected Poems
by Jennifer Harrison
Black Pepper, $28.95 pb, 247 pp, 9781876044657


Colombine selects from Jennifer Harrison’s four previous collections and adds a book-l ... More

Robyn Rowland: Seasons of Doubt & Burning

Maria Takolander
04 May 2011

‘Hope in flight’

Maria Takolander



Seasons of doubt & burning: New & Selected Poems
by Robyn Rowland
Five Islands Press, $29.95 pb, 226 pp, 9789734041609


Robyn Rowland writes what could be described as a traditionally femi ... More

Toby Davidson (ed.): Collected Poems: Francis Webb

Chris Wallace-Crabbe
26 April 2011

Francis Webb the magician

Chris Wallace-Crabbe


edited and introduced by Toby Davidson
UWA Publishing, $32.95 pb, 480 pp, 9781742582689


The deeply troubled Francis Webb, a magician with language, is s ... More

Jamie Grant (ed.): 100 Australian Poems of Love and Loss

David McCooey
21 April 2011

On love and loss

David McCooey


100 Australian Poems of Love and Loss
edited by Jamie Grant
Hardie Grant Books, $39.95 hb, 215 pp, 9781740669108


100 Australian Poems of Love and Loss is the companion volume to Jamie Grant’s 100 Austra ... More

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