Nigel Smith: Andrew Marvell

Lisa Gorton
23 August 2011

Reserve and pity almost meet in Andrew Marvell

Lisa Gorton


Andrew Marvell: the Chameleon
by Nigel Smith
Yale University Press (Inbooks), $55.95 hb, 416 pp, 9780300112214


In 1629, Charles I of England sent Daniel Nys to Europe to buy art. Along with ... More

William Christie reviews 'The Cambridge Companion to the Sonnet' edited by A.D. Cousins and Peter Howarth

William Christie
23 August 2011

It is a measure of the stature of William Wordsworth among his younger contemporaries that he would find himself subject to innumerable challenges over the early years of the nineteenth ce More

Brendan Ryan reviews 'Fire Diary' by Mark Tredinnick

Brendan Ryan
22 August 2011

Mark Tredinnick’s much-anticipated first collection of poetry, Fire Diary, is an examination of place and how to respond to it. The title provides a clue to the form of the book 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

'Hautes Fenêtres: Thoughts on the place of translation in recent Australian poetry' by Simon West

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 reviews 'The Rest on the Flight: Selected Poems' by Peter Porter

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 More

Martin Duwell reviews 'Colombine: New & Selected Poems' by Jennifer Harrison

Martin Duwell
04 May 2011

Colombine selects from Jennifer Harrison’s four previous collections and adds a book-length group of new poems. In keeping with current practice, the new poems precede the selec 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

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