August 2019, issue no. 413

Chris Wallace-Crabbe reviews 'New Selected Poems' by Peter Goldsworthy

Chris Wallace-Crabbe
16 August 2019

Peter Goldsworthy, doctor and poet, is a writer of significant style and concision. This new selection of his lyric poetry lives up More

Chris Wallace-Crabbe reviews 'Arabesques: A tale of double lives' by Robert Dessaix

Chris Wallace-Crabbe
10 July 2019

Who is, or rather who was, André Gide? I ask this because a distinguished editor More

Chris Wallace-Crabbe reviews 'Dark Palace' by Frank Moorhouse

Chris Wallace-Crabbe
10 July 2019

Relations between the public arena and the private are what the novel is all about. This loose, generous prose form was developed i More

'Demurely' by Chris Wallace-Crabbe

Chris Wallace-Crabbe
06 June 2018
Brunette or shocking white, these wallabies
have their own special nook nearby,
under that blackwood.
                                          Why ... More

'At Table' by Chris Wallace-Crabbe

Chris Wallace-Crabbe
06 June 2018

In memory of Graham Little

I scribble in cafes, which inspire
                  The forms in which I’m able:
Although invited, I‘ve declined
                  A pizza at ... More

'Heidi-Ho' by Chris Wallace-Crabbe

Chris Wallace-Crabbe
06 June 2018
Below great ears like galleon sails
hangs an off-grey trunk – odd word –
more than the puny dangling tail
marking this leatherjacket.
So much overcoat in our tropics, then?
But why is any creature as it is?
The ark’s gangplank must have been sturdy,
shipping creatures from those Turkish hil ... More

'Creature' by Chris Wallace-Crabbe

Chris Wallace-Crabbe
06 June 2018
All those hominids stood around to watch,
scratching their heads and hairy armpits.
So like them it was,
                                     well, sort of
but ever so ... More

'Nuages' by Chris Wallace-Crabbe

Chris Wallace-Crabbe
06 June 2018
Ah, the ever-lyrical, even if
stared into from a cabin up above:
snowy cloud-sonata which then
recedes into softness
with its airy iceberg flocks
can be the stuff of verse or
counterpoint, say, but can’t
feed serious fiction for
the yarnspinner has to eat
the heavy middle of our sand ... More

About Chris Wallace-Crabbe

Chris Wallace-Crabbe
06 June 2018

Chris Wallace-Crabbe AM is the author of more than twenty collections of poetry. His most recent books of verse include The Universe Looks Down (2005), and Telling a Hawk from a Handsaw (2008). He is Professor Emeritus in Culture and Communication at Melbourne University. Also a public speaker and commentator on the visual arts, he specialises in ... More

Chris Wallace-Crabbe reviews 'Dylan Thomas' by William Christie

Chris Wallace-Crabbe
02 March 2015

The legendary Dylan has now been dead for a century and his fumy glitter has probably faded a little. But then, how far do any poets these days really have glamour to show for themselves, no matter how hard they drink? Very few, in the Anglophone world at least: there’s nobody around like Wales’s roaring boy.

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