John Kinsella: Activist Poetics

David McCooey
Friday, 21 October 2011

Lines in the sand

David McCooey


Activist Poetics: Anarchy in the Avon Valley
by John Kinsella, edited by Niall Lucy
Liverpool University Press (Inbooks), $170 hb, 224 pp, 9781846314698


This book of essays by the vegan-anarchist-pacifist poet John K ...

Jaya Savige: Surface to Air

Gig Ryan
Friday, 21 October 2011

Enclave of images

Gig Ryan


Surface to Air
by Jaya Savige
University of Queensland Press, $24.95 pb, 96 pp, 9780702239137


Jaya Savige’s first book, latecomers (2005), was an impressive début and won the New South Wales Kenneth Slessor Aw ...

Peter Steele: A Local Habitation

Philip Harvey
Friday, 07 October 2011

Gravitas and levitas

Philip Harvey


A Local Habitation: Poems and Homilies
by Peter Steele, edited by Sean Burke
Newman College, $39.95 hb, 168 pp, 9780734041708


Once in a seminar long ago, I heard Peter Steele quote one of Winston Churchill’s more ...

These three volumes, reprints of books published in the 1970s and 1980s, appear in the Art Box Series by Picaro Press. Reasonably priced, they will give contemporary readers a sense of the seedbed of Australian poetry a few decades ago. These volumes do just that. It would be hard to imagine a ...

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Nigel Smith: Andrew Marvell

Lisa Gorton
Tuesday, 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 ...

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 century. What upset the second generation of Romantic poets – Percy Bysshe Shelley, Lord Byron, and, to some extent ...

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Brendan Ryan reviews 'Fire Diary' by Mark Tredinnick

Brendan Ryan
Monday, 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; many poems chart the daily exigencies of living within nature. More importantly, the collection explores the moods and aspirations of the self ...

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joanne burns: amphora

Rose Lucas
Monday, 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 ...

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 ...

Raymond Roussel: New Impressions of Africa

William Heyward
Wednesday, 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 ...