Shortlist year: 
2020
Shortlist category: 
Poetry
Published by: 
Giramondo Poets

About the book

'Empirical' by Lisa Gorton

In the hallucinatory first sequence of 'Empirical', Lisa Gorton seeks to understand how the feeling for place originates, and how memory and landscape fold in and out of each other. The collection then opens up into poems that track through chains of influence and a phantasmagoric procession of images, the trade between empire, commodities and dreams of other places. Through this method, landscapes are mirrored and refracted in the contemporary baroque style for which Gorton is celebrated.