Poetry

Broadly speaking, there are two types of epitaphs: those formulated by loved ones to describe the living qualities of the interred; and those that would presume to speak from the grave. Writers, ever reluctant to pass up a blank page – even if it is a tombstone – are disproportionate constituents of the latter ...

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Alan Fish: The Keeper of Fish; and M.A. Carter: Keeping Carter

Cassandra Atherton
Friday, 20 April 2012

Philip Salom as Fisher King

Cassandra Atherton

 

The Keeper of Fish
by Alan Fish (edited by Philip Salom)
Puncher & Wattmann (Inbooks), $24 pb, 90 pp, 9781921450464

 

S.K. Kelen: Island Earth

Anthony Lynch
Friday, 20 April 2012

Anthony Lynch

 

Island Earth: New and Selected Poems
by S.K. Kelen
Brandl & Schlesinger, $29.95 pb, 335 pp, 9781876454173

 

‘Dark satanic mills won the day’, S.K. Kelen tells us in one of his strongest poems ...

John Leonard’s anthology of young Australian poets, showcasing the work of an exclusive septet, comes hot on the heels of Felicity Plunkett’s more accommodating Thirty Australian Poets (reviewed by Fiona Wright in the December 2011–January 2012 issue of ABR). Young Poets: An Australian Anthology ...

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The Welfare of My Enemy is an unusual experiment in narrative poetry. Taking as its theme ‘the disappeared’, it is a set of narratives, a kind of anthology that imaginatively documents the myriad ways in which (and the different reasons for which) people go ‘off the radar’ and end up as missing persons ...

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Mark Treddinick reviews 'Vishvarūpa' by Michelle Cahill

Mark Treddinick
Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Vishvarūpa, Michelle Cahill’s second collection, is a convocation of untouchables and deities – unbelieving, irreverent, and sardonic – each a proxy for an aspect of the poet’s (post-colonial) self; each a stand-in, even, for a moment in every human life.

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‘To choose the best, among many good,’ says Dr Johnson in his ‘Life of Cowley’, ‘is one of the most hazardous attempts of criticism.’ The truth of this maxim is borne out nicely in the controversy surrounding – or perhaps emanating from – Rita Dove’s new selection of twentieth-century American poetry ...

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John Fuller: Who is Ozymandias?

Chris Wallace-Crabbe
Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Shadowland

Chris Wallace-Crabbe

 

Who is Ozymandias? And Other Puzzles in Poetry
by John Fuller
Random House, $36.95 hb, 256 pp, 9780701184575

 

Those who write about poetry these days don’t go in much for lightness. More often their solemnity spring ...

David McCooey: Outside

Philip Harvey
Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Fun with flux

Philip Harvey

 

Outside
by David McCooey
Salt Publishing, £9.99 pb, 74 pp, 9781844717590

 

Philip Larkin at thirty-one asked ‘Where can we live but days?’ It shouldn’t take half a lifetime to learn that we have night and day, yet l ...

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 the table in our dingy kitchen with one of my housemates, Teresa. We would pick over the politically infused vernacular of the short stories ...

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