‘… these poems are alive in characterisation, imagery and sheer sound and they plunge on with their stories of love, madness, murder and mystery, all set in the booming sea-world of coastal south-western Western Australia and the Kimberley coast.’ — Julian Croft, Westerly v54:1
‘Verse narrative is easy to do badly and hard to do well - stories…Read more »
In this collection of three long narrative poems, Temperton conjures up the highs and lows of the coastal environment to explore the effects of nature’s “Powerful forces at work” on human existence. An impressive third collection written with flair, passion and the ability to look unpleasant realities in the eye. Read more »
by Janet Blagg
This beautiful edition has a subtle focus on the poetry scene here in WA with the poems selected by guest editor Les Murray. This collection reflects Les Murray’s love of everything rural and Australian and yet there are moments of profound intimacy and deep appreciation for family.
The opening interview by Lucy Dougan with Premier Award winning…Read more »
Shades of the Sublime & Beautiful explores issues of sublimity and beauty, contemplates the aesthetic and the transcendent, examines nature and the artificial/madeRead more »
by Tracy Ryan
‘Scar revision’ — surgically minimising the effects of scars — is the powerful central image of Tracy Ryan’s highly accomplished new collection. Both formally adventurous and movingly personal, these poems offer vivid accounts of how we survive and ‘rewrite’ literal and symbolic scars, and of regeneration through the risks of family.
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‘Caroline Caddy charts the geography of the imagination — her poems are of travellers crossing the unknown, exploring hidden images…’ — Overland.
‘… a master poet with a style and panache all her own’ — The West Australian.
Esperance is a collection of works from Caddy’s first seven books of poetry plus seventeen new poems. Read more »
‘I have rarely come across poetry of such power, empowerment and conviction as this’ — John Kinsella.
Charmaine Papertalk-Green’s poetry is intense and direct. She says what she means and is willing to take on issues that affect her community from outside and from within. She writes of Indigenous loss, but also about tensions and conflicts among…Read more »
by Graeme Miles
The poems in Phosphorescence, Graeme Miles’ first collection, focus on growth, decay and luminosity. Though concerned with the foundational events of childhood and with inner experience, they are keenly aware of place, embracing various localities in Western Australia and beyond. The central sequences, ‘Circle and Line’ and ‘Some Hours’ explore the…Read more »
by Mark Reid
Mark Reid’s poems construct a self acutely aware of itself through the play of memory, media, myth, domesticity — and poetry. They are poems of survival — through endurance, and the ordinary vital acts of faith. Combining introspection with an engaging take on the world, A Difficult Faith furthers the reputation of this prize-winning poet for spare…Read more »
by John Mateer
No one writes like John Mateer. No one makes such a singular knot of Africa, Asia and Australia, and no one combines observation and metaphysics in quite the way he does’ — Kevin Hart.
‘This, his finest book yet, is a book which can be read everywhere English is spokenRead more »
Whisky Charlie Foxtrot Reading
Annabel Smith’s Whisky Charlie Foxtrot was shortlisted for the 2013 Most Underrated Book Award (MUBA). The winner, Fish-Hair Woman was announced on Friday night. Here’s a reading Annabel prepared for her presentation at the Wheeler Centre award ceremony.