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Claire Nashar
What a beautiful aubade this is.  Its carefully measured line breaks pace out a precise and delicate pas de deux 1 for waking lovers.  The word ‘Yet’, isolated in the poem’s centre, enacts a kind of pivot, the hinge of ... more

Victoria Innell
  In Poetry and Gender: Statements and Essays in Australian Women's Poetry and Poetics , Stewart writes, 'I am interested in displacement, hysteria and rupture within meaning. Forms which release the ironies of meaning.' 'Kitsch Postcards' is one of many ... more

John Tranter, Sydney, 2009, photo Anders Hallengren
Who would have thought the late sixties could have produced a poet as erudite as joanne burns? There are traces of Patrick White and Barry Humphries behind joanne's sly wit, and no holy image or sacred cow is safe from ... more

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Why do you write poetry? That really is a tough question. I doubt that I'll give you a very interesting ... ...more

What a beautiful aubade this is.  Its carefully measured line breaks pace out a precise and delicate pas de deux ... ...more

Why do you write poetry?  I’ve never been quite sure why. I’ve written it for as long as I can ... ...more

Why do you write poetry?  Simple question but hard to answer. The short answer is I like it better than ... ...more

Art History – the study of objects of art in their historical contexts – is only one way of thinking ... ...more

There’s no denying that on a first reading Lionel Fogarty's poetry can be an uncomfortable experience. His poems might initially ... ...more

  In Poetry and Gender: Statements and Essays in Australian Women's Poetry and Poetics , Stewart writes, 'I am interested ... ...more

Arguably one of Brennan's most complex and telling sequences from his livre composé, "Poems [1913]", the 'Lilith' poems provoke the poetic ... ...more

The anguish of unrequited love is beautifully caught in this off-beat, angular poem: the double effect of the first person ... ...more

There are all kind of tourist poems, a genre Pam Brown labelled "747 Poems". This view of Japan is through ... ...more

Lee Cataldi was born Lee Sonnino in Sydney during World War II.  Because of her Italian parentage, she was classed ... ...more

Like her friend Laurie Duggan, poet Pam Brown is alert to the larger cultural contradictions behind many of our most ... ...more

Who would have thought the late sixties could have produced a poet as erudite as joanne burns? There are traces ... ...more

Peter Porter grew up in Queensland, and left Australia as a young man, in 1951, to make a name for ... ...more

John Forbes died suddenly at his home in Melbourne in 1998. He was forty-seven. His remarkable erudition was lightly-worn, and ... ...more

Dorothy Hewett, poet, novelist and playwright, died in 2002. As a student at the University of Western Australia she won ... ...more

There was always a passionately grim side to McAuley's view of life as a struggle between the forces of light ... ...more

Lesbia Harford's poem "Why does she put me to many indignities..." holds its main point until the end. Harford, always ... ...more