Shortlist year: 
2021
Shortlist category: 
Poetry
Published by: 
Puncher & Wattmann

About the book

Shorter Lives by John A. Scott.

John A. Scott's Shorter Lives burrows below the received biographies of seven Modernist artists/writers to disinter the various secrets that arguably underpin, explain and give force to their work. Employing a blend of innovative sonnet-sequences and prose poems these new 'histories' break from existing biographies, offering alternative facts and believable untruths, to become a probing of Modernity itself. 'While brilliant throughout, Scott is at his best when considering the depravities and excesses of the male artistic ego, and the corresponding traumas it inflicts on the lives of the female artists, writers and muses within its orbit.' (Sarah Holland-Batt, Weekend Australian).