Dr Anthony Lawrence is one of Australia’s leading poets and last year won the Prime Minister’s Literary Award for poetry for his work Headwaters.
Headwaters brings together complex ideas of sources and origins from the natural world to human experiences.
Anthony told us he can find inspiration for his poetry anywhere or anytime: “while trolling lures for albacore and southern bluefin tuna out on the continental shelf, and in a fire watchtower”.
In his poem below, Loss, he shows the power of poetry to capture a moment and reflect the human mind (and its failings).
Loss, by Anthony Lawrence
When I consider what I have lost being reckless with things I own and do not own, I can put it down to being absentminded, but there is nothing I can say in my defence, when I confess to a loss between houses or states of mind, of a small cardboard box containing my father’s ashes.
World Poetry Day is an UNESCO event held every year on 21 March. It is a time to recognise the role of poetry in society and the importance of cultural and linguistic expression.
In 2012, the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards added the Poetry category to acknowledge the significant contribution this art form makes to Australian literature.
Hear from Anthony about what winning the Prime Minister’s Literary Award for poetry meant to him: