Poetry

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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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 Gray) and the publication of two anthologies dedicated to the work of younger poets (UQP’s Thirty Australian Poets and ...

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

Bruce Bennett
Friday, 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 ...

Fiona Wright: Knuckled

Rose Lucas
Friday, 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 ...

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 poets. There have been few attempts to define the next generations of poets. Forty-three years is a long definition of what might be deemed ‘contemporary’ ...

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