Firelick is the second collection by award winning poet Morgan Yasbincek. Taking fire — the element that has no state of rest — as its central trope, the collection restlessly explores the charged connections between language, desire and image, taking the reader on a compelling journey into a life lived and lives imagined. Read more »
In the first moment after
that visceral watching inward,
a white bird wavered towards me
like a flicker of unwilled seeing,
and I knew we only dream the
atmospheres of pleasure and pain.
In this impressive third collection, as with his last book Body-Flame, Michael Heald achieves:
‘a singular, individual feeling for the world…Read more »
by Zan Ross
It is death dropping down, staining white sheets, seeping into my skirt. In this, I am sewn to a mother who screams in the cupboard and claws at my hair. If I do not learn, what will the Shadow Man do, the long, brown Zeus eyes crack? I breathe hunched, arms crossed over hummingbird breasts, sensitive to light, touch of fabric, streaming water — nipples…Read more »
‘John Kinsella is an Orphic fountain, a prodigy of the imagination…he frequently makes me think of John Ashbery: improbable fecundity, eclecticism, and a stand that fuses populism and elitism in poetic audience…We are poised before the onset of what I prophesy will be a major art’ — Harold Bloom. Read more »
Frieda Hughes’ Waxworks are figures from mythology and fable, the Bible and annals of crime. But they are her own reinventions, sharply contemporary stories of anger and greed, love and sorrow, betrayal and jealousy. Her waxworks are new characters reborn of their old selves. She does not judge her recreations but lets them speak for themselves, or…Read more »
by Tracy Ryan
‘Sometimes Tracy Ryan reminds me a little of Sylvia Plath…sometimes she reminds me a little of the strength and savagery of Gig Ryan, but mostly she is her own self, dancing with a language forged in talent and courage, working through the methodology of precise exploration’ — Dorothy Hewett.
‘Rewarding on all levels — there is wit, beauty anRead more »
by John Mateer
‘Fierce, uncompromising…a powerful talent hammering away.’—_Weekend Australian_
‘Knowledge, insight, enthusiasm, can come to Mateer from any quarter, and his openness to receive revelation and explore its nuances lends a notable excitement to his work’ — Antipodes Read more »
A unique and thought provoking celebration of rivers by three of the most eminent voices in contemporary poetry. This collection explores the interaction of humans with waterways, the way we use and abuse them, the conscious and unconscious roles rivers play in our daily lives, and in our mental and spiritual well-beingRead more »
‘John Kinsella delights in disturbance. He writes a brilliant new Australian pastoral of superphosphates, firebreaks, emu hunts, wheat weighing, rearing tractors and paddy melons. His poems grab the traditions of the pastoral with both hands and twist them to fit a landscape where a dog is ripped open by a cornered roo, a lorry jack-knifes with its…Read more »
Frieda Hughes’ fables cast light on two worlds, giving a mythic dimension to contemporary life — depicting with an artist’s keen eye the particular nature of beast, fish and fowl. Strange creatures, fabled beings and inner voices come to life in startling poems set both in city streets and hospitals as well as in psychic landscapes and reinvented tales.
‘Her…Read more »