Transparencies

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Stephen Edgar's nimble-footed Transparencies extends his exploration of the world's visual aspect, both in itself and as a screen for the mind's projections. He questions whether reality coincides always with its appearances. The transparencies of the title are both the day lit images of the natural world and the occasions they offer us to look through them, or into the world within this one. Edgar's poems look out and reach in. They probe yet have an exquisite ear. As well as moving poems on his late mother, Transparencies has many pleasures like waiting for the delayed rhyme on 'David...

Domestic Interior

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Anxiety lurks in domestic spaces, inhabiting the most ordinary objects, like a drillbit or a phone charger, drawing our attention to the bruised body and its projecting parts. The elements of language take on new intensity in a series of 'overheard' poems fraught with their speakers' vulnerability and their attempts at resolution. Wright walks us through the places where this drama unfolds, in shopping centres, cafes, hospitals and bedrooms, in the inner-city and south-west suburbs of Sydney, presenting them as sites of love as well as sadness, and succour and strength as well as unease.

Chatelaine

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Chatelaine is a collection of poems whose personae, like a family portrait, resemble one another in foxed, latent ways. Its voices stalk across time and space, inhabiting genres of riddle, fragment, confession, lyric and ekphrasis, returning to images of metamorphosis and possession. A chatelaine is the mistress of a castle or ancestral household, but in this collection's elegant but unruly house mysterious transformations occur, dreams project strange apparitions and landscapes, words twist and turn, references to tradition go hand-in-hand with sci-fi special effects and cinematic staging....

Blindness and Rage: A Phantasmagoria

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Suffering from a fatal disease, Lucien Gracq travels to Paris to complete the epic poem he is writing. He joins a secret writers' society, le club des fugitifs, that guarantees to publish the work of its members anonymously, thus relieving them of the burdens of life and the disappointments of authorship. Gracq finds himself crossing paths with a parade of masters of identity, connoisseurs of eroticism and theorists of game. He flees from the deathly allure of the Fugitives—but it may be too late. Blindness and Rage throws down a challenge to the limits of the novel form.

Archipelago

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His most personal poetry to date, Adam Aitken's Archipelago is entirely preoccupied with the experience of living and marrying in France. Much of it written while resident at the Keesing Studio in Paris, and then in the south during a seriously cold spring, many of the poems deal with art, romantic and modernist writing and writers, and concepts of nostalgia, spirituality, revolution and resistance.

Liquid Nitrogen

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Jennifer Maiden’s ‘weaving’ poems are like verse essays or conversations, in which the political issues of our time and the figures who dominate them are presented with the same clear intelligence and eye for detail, as the most personal aspects of the poet’s experience. This is the quality of liquid nitrogen which gives the book its title – ‘the frozen suspension which is risky/ but also fecund and has beauty’ – a substance which permits intense and heated interactions, and at the same time the survival of delicate organisms. In the cool medium of Maiden’s poetry Julia Gillard is...

The Sunlit Zone

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Set on the east coast of Australia between 2020 and 2050, this surprising verse novel imagines a futuristic world in which technology has changed the daily texture of human life but life itself hasn’t changed much at all. Jacobson uses a casual-seeming voice that belies the craft and care in the writing. In a world radically different from ours in some ways, in others it is disconcertingly the same. Designer babies and hybrid pets abound. Yet the love stories and family tragedies depicted have the same qualities as those we know, as do the experiences of loss and recovery.

Burning Rice

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These poems were written while Eileen Chong was an Australian Poetry Fellow in 2011-2012, mentored by Anthony Lawrence....

Crimson Crop

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This volume has at its core a series of elegies, several about his late father Bob Rose (a respected Australian Rules footballer and coach), thus continuing the themes of his bestselling memoir Rose Boys (2001). The volume also contains new ‘Catullan’ poems, imitations of Catullus that Rose has been writing and publishing since the 1980s. Crimson Crop is elegant, poignant and, at times, wickedly droll.

Jam Tree Gully

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In this daring new collection, Australia's preeminent environmental poet confronts the legacy of Thoreau's Walden. With Walden as his inspiration, John Kinsella moved with his family back to rural Australia, where he wrote the poems in this original collection exploring the nature of our responsibility and connection to the land. One of the most original and poignantly authentic poets writing in English."—Harold Bloom
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