Poetry

Susan Sheridan reviews 'Collected' by Rosemary Dobson

Susan Sheridan
Tuesday, 10 July 2012

This volume contains all the poems that Rosemary Dobson wants to preserve. They represent a substantial portion of her output, which seems right for a poet who began with a degree of quiet confidence and poise that belied her youth. From the earliest, published when she was in her twenties ...

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Peter Kenneally reviews 'The Sunlit Zone' by Lisa Jacobson

Peter Kenneally
Tuesday, 10 July 2012

It is 2050 in Melbourne. The seas have risen, full of accidental genetic mixtures and cloned versions of extinct favourites, while the land is dried out and life is a tense combination of techno-affluence, terror, and normality ...

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Barry Hill: Naked Clay

Kate Middleton
Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Brutal looking

Kate Middleton

 

Naked Clay: Drawing from Lucian Freud
by Barry Hill
Shearsman Books, $25 pb, 160 pp, 9781848611780

 

With his new volume of poetry, Barry Hill has set himself the challenge of writing a book focused on the visual art of t ...

The variety of Australian poetry is attested to by books such as Another Fine Morning in Paradise. Neither entirely fish nor fowl, it is by turns satirical, watchful, effusive, and lyrical. Its central preoccupation is with a sharp-eyed scrutiny of what might be called the-idea-of-a-better-life ...

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The cover of Kristin Henry’s verse novel All the Way Home shows a man at the wheel of a car, looking ahead at an endless dirt road. There is even a YouTube trailer for the book on the publisher’s website, with more driving. But in Henry’s book, as in all the best road movies, nobody ever seems to get anywhere.

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Remembering Peter Steele

Kate Middleton
Wednesday, 04 July 2012

Bricks, knowledge, gravity

 

‘I just read a history of bricks.’

 

We learn about the ways our teachers have influenced us over many years. As an undergraduate student at the University of Melbourne, I took every class taught by Professor Peter Steele SJ. More than a decade after I first ...

Dan Disney: and then when the

Kate Middleton
Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Kate Middleton

 

and then when the
by Dan Disney
John Leonard Press, $24.95 pb, 46 pp, 9780980852325

 

Dan Disney’s début collection, and then when the, is a slim volume infused with irreverent outings in philosophy and place. Just as the opening poem ...

In his polemical Introduction, Les Murray notes that Quadrant was founded sixty years ago by poet James McAuley, the ‘stern formalist’ who ensured that poetry occupied a prominent place in the magazine. Poetry has continued to be central to Quadrant, its profile not waning under Murray’s stewardship as ...

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This new book of Vivian Smith’s is really quite a surprise. If it were the case of any other poet approaching his eighties you might think of it as rather a grab bag, knocked together out of odds and ends. It is made up of an imaginary biography of ‘Ern Malley’; another set of sonnets, ‘Diary Without Dates' ...

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Kate Lilley: Ladylike

Rose Lucas
Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Rose Lucas

 

Ladylike
by Kate Lilley
UWA Publishing, $19.95 pb, 86 pp, 9781742584393

 

Like all good titles, Kate Lilley’s Ladylike offers the reader a coded and evocative entrée into her new collection. These poems are concerned with exposing and cr ...