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

About the book

'Heide' by π.O.

'Heide' is an epic poem about history, painters, patrons—the people who made modern art happen in Australia, and those who opposed it. There is a particular focus on the artists gathered around Sunday and John Reed at Heide in Melbourne. The poet's extraordinary technique—his use of historical facts, quotations, numbers, and the visual form of the poem—generates both the book's encyclopaedic reach, and its Anarchist perspective. The effect is one of exuberance and lightness. 'Heide' is emphatic in asserting the centrality of art to human experience.