by John Mateer
‘Although this is a poetry interested in, and capable of, the ecstatic, it is kept disciplined by toughness and a sense of the reality, and the challenge, of suffering. Too restless to look for totems, the process of experience remains its vital poetic concern. The poetry is often risky and experimental, yet its experiments never seem calculated or…Read more »
by Mark Reid
Parochial, Mark Reid’s second collection of poetry, takes as its backdrop a particular urban landscape — Fremantle — and the events of daily living. Whether riding a bike into town, working in the hospital, or encountering the visits of day-trippers to the port and city streets, these are poems of exploration and connection to place, language and…Read more »
What I want
is a landscape
of such keen weather such clean lines;
language as biochemistry (speak to me)
– charged particles meet and fall in love it was ever thus –
metaphor as rogue equation of desire.
The poems in Rogue Equations…Read more »
The landscape, the people, the history, the myths and the experience of living in Australia’s wheatlands have been a dominant force in the writing of Dorothy Hewett and John Kinsella. In Wheatlands these two major writers come together to explore, in prose, poetry and photographs, the meaning of this place in their lives and in the Australian psyche.Read more »
‘Contemporary Australian poetry of the 20th Century. Landbridge is perhaps the best State-of-the-Art guide available…refreshingly different from the usual crop’ — Peter Forbes, Poetry Review, United Kingdom.
A strong introduction to the work of over forty of Australia’s leading contemporary poets. Read more »
Body-flame, Michael Heald’s first full length collection of poetry, is a work of quiet intensity and power. Concerned with the life of the body and its senses, with connections and separations of various kinds, these poems explore what it is to be human in a shifting and frequently alienating world.
‘Heald’s work ..Read more »
In this powerful collection of poetry, Caroline Caddy is in transit. Darwin, China, Japan, Africa, Finland, Sydney and her home territory of Albany, Western Australia, are all starting points in a dynamic exploration of travel, place and relationships and the practice of writing itself. Read more »
by Tracy Ryan
Tracy Ryan’s The Willing Eye is a book open to the shocks and pleasures of seeing and daily life. It is driven less by a turning away from ‘the life indoors’ (so powerfully harnessed in her previous work) than by a fascination with the shifting and precarious boundaries between self and world.
In these poems the nettle sting, the splinter, the milk…Read more »
These fable-like poems give a mythic dimension to a contemporary world of husbands and wives, hospital patients and social outcasts. The self Frieda Hughes depicts is tested by loss, danger, fear and abandonment, yet transformed through experience into a world beyond nihilism and despair: a place which makes possible truth, hope and the redemptive powers…Read more »
‘John Kinsella’s poems are a very rare feat: they are narratives of feeling. Vivid sight — of landscapes, of animals, of human forms in distant light, becomes insight. There is, often, the shock of the new. But somehow awaited, even familiar. Which is the homecoming of a true poet’ — George Steiner.
In The Hunt particular geographies are in…Read more »