Shortlist year: 
2015
Shortlist category: 
Poetry
Published by: 
Giramondo Publishing

About the book

Book cover Devadattas Poems by Judith Beveridge

Devadatta's Poems complement the sequence Between the Palace and the Bodhi Tree, published in Beveridge's earlier collection Wolf Notes, which followed the travels of Siddhattha Gotama before he became the Buddha.

These poems are written from the viewpoint of Devadatta, Siddhattha's jealous and ambitious cousin, who attempted to murder him three times. They are marked by extraordinary richness of language and detail, and a dedication to sensation.