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The Land's Meaning

Edited by John Kinsella and written by Randolph Stow


Alternately prolific and silent, Randolph Stow won the Miles Franklin Literary Award in 1958 and the Patrick White Award in 1979.

In The Land’s Meaning, John Kinsella brings together selected works of one of Australia’s finest poets. Including previously uncollected pieces, the volume’s wide ranging introduction provides a rich context for the work of this extraordinary and important poet in the most comprehensive collection of Stow’s work to date.

‘… John Kinsella and Fremantle Press deserve commendation for bringing us Stow’s poems in the most comprehensive selection yet published.’ Australian Book Review

’Randolph Stow’s slim body of poetry weighs more than most oeuvres many times its size. It has few equals anywhere in the world. Groundbreaking, historic and essential, it is haunting, lyrical, mythical, spiritual and anchored in place.’ John Kinsella

‘This volume should convince anyone of the worth of Australia’s contribution to poetry.’ Colosoul

ISBN 9781921888090 (Paperback)
Formats B Format (198 x 130mm) (Paperback)
Categories Poetry
Pages 232
Publication Year 2012
Edition 1st
Publisher Fremantle Press
  • John kinsella

    John Kinsella

    John Kinsella's many volumes of poetry include the prize winning collections Peripheral Light: New and Selected Poems and The New Arcadia. He is an Extraordinary Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge University, and a Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia. Read more

  • Randolph stow

    Randolph Stow

    Julian Randolph Stow was born in Geraldton, Western Australia, in 1935. He majored in French and English at the University of Western Australia and lectured in English Literature at the universities of Adelaide, Western Australia and Leeds. As well as producing fiction and poetry, he wrote libretti for music theatre works by Peter Maxwell Davies. Randolph Stow died in 2010. Read more