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The West: Australian Poems 1989–2009

Written by John Mateer


The West represents twenty years of work by internationally renowned poet John Mateer.

This is the first time his Australian poems have been published together in one volume and it is a timely and rewarding retrospective. Taking its bearings from the Indian Ocean, Mateer’s poetry crisscrosses the continent inviting the reader on a journey into the psyche, culture and landscape of this country.

Introduction by Martin Harrison

‘John Mateer is one of Australia’s finest and most interesting poets.’ The West Australian

‘I can also unreservedly describe The West as one of the year’s major poetry publications.’ Cordite Poetry Review

‘Mateer is … a great travel-poet … The West carries with it the full complexity of its author’s personality and background.’ Australian Poetry Review

ISBN 9781921361869 (Paperback)
Formats B Format (198 x 130mm) (Paperback)
Categories Poetry
Pages 152
Publication Year 2010
Edition 1st
Publisher Fremantle Press
  • John mateer

    John Mateer

    John Mateer has published books of poems in Australia, Austria, Portugal and the UK, and smaller collections in South Africa, Indonesia, Japan and Macau. World Literature Today has called him ‘the most recent reincarnation of the international poet’. Mateer has been a guest speaker at writing festivals around the world. Read more