October 2016, issue no. 385

Geoff Page reviews 'Selected Poems' by Evan Jones

Geoff Page

Evan Jones’s Selected Poems is more than timely: its author was born in 1931. In an introduction (or ‘Personal Appreciation’), fellow Melbourne poet Alex Skovroncomplains that ‘Evan’s work has not always received the attention it deserves, especially in recent years’. It is worth pausing a moment to consider why this should be so.

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Jennifer Strauss reviews 'The Best Australian Poems 2014' edited by Geoff Page

Jennifer Strauss

‘Lending printed eloquence to a poem’ comes from ‘Alas’, Chris Wallace-Crabbe’s elegiac tribute to Seamus Heaney. There is eloquence aplenty in this fine collection of more than a hundred and twenty poems edited by poet Geoff Page, someone who understands that eloquence speaks in many tones and in various formal structures. This variety is generously repre ... More

Geordie Williamson reviews 'Poetry Notebook 2006–2014' by Clive James

Geordie Williamson

Geordie Williamson explores the personal and wondrous world of critic and poet Clive James in his Notebook 2006–2014.


Geoffrey Lehmann reviews 'Exhibits of the Sun' by Stephen Edgar

Geoffrey Lehmann

Exhibits of the Sun is Stephen Edgar’s tenth collection of poems. Born in 1951, he is now ripe for a major Collected Poems. With careful pruning of some lesser pieces, such a book will display the full range of his work, which marries virtuosic technique with powerful emotion and intellect.

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Peter Kenneally reviews 'The Turnrow Anthology of Contemporary Australian Poetry'

Peter Kenneally

Of all the books published in the United States last year, only three per cent were of foreign origin. This year is hardly likely to be any different. So it is something of a wonder that this considerable and imaginative collection of modern Australian poetry was produced in the unlikely setting of the University of Louisiana. Professors Jack Heflin and William Ryan ... More

Ann-Marie Priest reviews 'The Best 100 Poems of Gwen Harwood'

Ann-Marie Priest

In ‘Late Works’, the last poem in Black Inc.’s new selection of Gwen Harwood’s poetry, a dying poet, determined to pen her ‘late great’ poems, calls from her hospital bed for paper. The nurse, misunderstanding, brings toilet paper, much to the poet’s chagrin. It is a typical Harwood inversion – the pretensions of the ‘great artist’ are mocked to ... More

Diana Glenn reviews 'The Divine Comedy' translated by Clive James

Diana Glenn

During a visit to Adelaide in 2013 as a keynote speaker at the Australasian Centre for Italian Studies ‘Re-imagining Italian Studies’ conference, Professor Martin McLaughlin (Agnelli-Serena Professor of Italian Studies and Fellow of Magdalen College) made the following observation about Clive James’s translation of The Divine Comedy:

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Poem of the Week - 'Man on the Moon' by Stephen Edgar (2005 ABR Poetry Prize winner)

Australian Book Review

In ABR's seventh 'Poem of the Week' Stephen Edgar discusses and reads his poem 'Man on the Moon'.


Rose Lucas reviews 'Palace of Culture' by Ania Walwicz

Rose Lucas

Reading the poetry of Ania Walwicz is a little like being drawn into a trance: the density of the prose-like lines; the disorientation of the lack of punctuation; the repetition of certain words, phrases, alliterations. It is not a poetry that can be read in short bursts. Each poem is a commitment to a vision, to a mind-space explicitly shaped by the intensity and d ... More

Sarah Holland-Batt reviews 'South in the World' by Lisa Jacobson

Sarah Holland-Batt

Lisa Jacobson’s third book, South in the World, opens with ‘Several Ways to Fall Out of The Sky’, a poem composed of imperatives instructing the reader in the strange art of descent. Jacobson’s poem deliberately invokes Auden’s famous piece of ekphrasis about Brueghel’s Landscape with the Fall of Icarus, ‘Musée des Beaux Arts’, which c ... More

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