Shortlist year: 
2016
Shortlist category: 
Poetry
Published by: 
Giramondo

About the book

Cocky’s Joy

Michael Farrell was born and raised in rural NSW and as the title Cocky’s Joy suggests, many of the poems in this collection are rooted in the bush, which they present as connected to the rest of the world in magical and often hilarious ways. Farrell’s experimentalism doesn’t prevent him from offering moving tributes, to women and lovers, and to scenes recalled from the past. In fact, it is precisely his eye for metaphor and the unexpected combination, for punning and the letter—in both its verbal and visual aspects—that gives his poetry its humour and energy.