Australian poetry

Darlinghurst Funeral Rites

Darlinghurst Funeral Rites

Mark Mordue

Darlinghurst Funeral Rites is a collection of poems by the writer and journalist Mark Mordue. It's also a song cycle that takes the reader on a journey through Mark's experiences in the Sydney post-punk music scene of the...

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Music Our Bodies Can't Hold

Music Our Bodies Can’t Hold

Andy Jackson

Each of these poems is a portrait of someone with or reputed to have had Marfan Syndrome. Many of the poems emerge out of personal interviews, while others are portraits of public figures: Abraham Lincoln, Akhenaten, Mary Queen of...

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On Bunyah

On Bunyah

Les Murray

On Bunyah's poems and images (both full colour and black and white) depict Les Murray's rural home town and its surrounding landscape as only he knows it. Chosen from Murray's entire career, this book contains some of his...

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The Best 100 Poems Of Les Murray,

The Best 100 Poems Of Les Murray,

Les Murray

From his life's work so far, spanning more than four decades, Les Murray has selected these 100 poems, his personal best. Including classics such as 'The Broad Bean Sermon', 'An Absolutely Ordinary Rainbow' and 'The Dream of...

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Contemporary Australian Feminist Poetry

Contemporary Australian Feminist Poetry

Bonny Cassidy, Jessica L Wilkinson

Australia has a rich history of feminist poetry but there is no one kind of feminist voice. The seventy new poems commissioned for this anthology demonstrate a complexity of social, political, and cultural visions.

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Injury Time

Injury Time

Clive James

The publication of Clive James's Sentenced to Life was a major literary event. Facing the end, James looked back over his life with a clear-eyed and unflinching honesty to produce his finest work: poems of extraordinary...

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Argosy

Bella Li

This innovative first full-length collection from Australian poet Bella Li draws inspiration from the surrealist collage novels of Max Ernst, is an arresting and utterly unique assemblage of poetry, collage and photography.

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These Wild Houses

These Wild Houses

Omar Sakr

'I won't keep you long. First, I acknowledge the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, on whose land the majority of this collection was written.Now you are about to read the poetry of an Arab Australian, which is a rare...

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The Metronome

The Metronome

Jennifer Maiden

The Metronome is the third in Giramondo's series of annual poetry collections by award-winning poet Jennifer Maiden, addressing political and social issues of the moment, particularly here the tension caused by the...

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The Fremantle Press Anthology of Western Australian Poetry,

The Fremantle Press Anthology of Western Australian Poetry,

John Kinsella, Tracy Ryan

The Fremantle Press Anthology of Western Australian Poetry is a comprehensive survey of the state's poets from the 19th century to today.Featuring work from 134 poets, and including the work of many WA...

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Marionette: A Biography of Miss Marion Davies

Marionette: A Biography of Miss Marion Davies

Jessica L. Wilkinson

Marionette is a poetic biography of early cinema actress Marion Davies, who lived the prime of her life under the careful gaze of her lover of more than thirty years, William Randolph Hearst. Being involved with such a powerful...

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Wide Open

Wide Open

Amy Bodossian

Amy's intimate, personal, poignant and sometimes humourous reflections on love, lust, loneliness and letting go are unusually touching, sometimes confronting, and deeply relatable. Come with this critically...

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Contemporary Australian Poetry

Contemporary Australian Poetry

Martin Langford, Judy Johnson, Judith Beveridge

The quality of Australian poetry has never been higher, nor the number of distinctive voices greater. A landmark publication, this collection presents the astonishing achievements of Australian poetry during the last quarter of a...

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Dirty Words

Dirty Words

Natalie Harkin

Natalie Harkin is a Narungga woman from South Australia.

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The Best Australian Poems 2016,

The Best Australian Poems 2016,

Sarah Holland-Batt

'Above all, poetry - for both its readers and its writers - is a form that demands attentiveness and active intelligence. It treats language as a volatile and charged commodity, and one whose subtleties and nuances are worth...

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Knocks

Knocks

Emily Stewart

Knocks is the debut collection from one of the most exacting writers of Australian poetry's new wave. Stewart's poetry consistently surprises in its formal range, encompassing sonnets, erasures and found poetry, and...

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Writing to the Wire

Writing to the Wire

Dan Disney, Kit Kelen

Surely we are better than this?The seeking of asylum in Australia has been politicised in recent decades. Our national conversation has vilified people fleeing persecution and desensitised the Australian polity to...

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False Nostalgia

False Nostalgia

Aden Rolfe

False Nostalgia is rare among poetry collections, a work which is both lyrical and philosophical. It explores the way memory works, and the role memory plays in our sense of identity, and what we take to be the significant moments...

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Comfort Food

Comfort Food

Ellen Van Neerven

Following on from the success of her award-winning fiction debut, Heat and Light, Ellen van Neerven announces herself as a talented poet with this intoxicating collection. Moving between places and cultures, Comfort Food...

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Carrying the World

Carrying the World

Maxine Beneba Clarke

A haunting visit to the International Museum of Slavery, in Liverpool England. A feisty young black girl pushing back against authority. The joy and despair of single parenthood. A love-hate relationship with words.

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Burnt Umber

Burnt Umber

Paul Hetherington

In this expansive and exciting collection Hetherington moves with power and grace through an impressive range of form and content. The poems burst with tense and detailed images shot through with meditations on grief absence and...

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The Apocalypse Awards

The Apocalypse Awards

Nathan Curnow

The Apocalypse Awards represents an exciting change in direction of Nathan Curnow's award winning poetic voice. Inspired by the absurdity of the modern world, this new work charts our collective obsession with the end times, the...

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Word Migrants

Word Migrants

Hazel Smith

Hazel Smith's new poetry collection engages in a direct way with contemporary political and social issues - civil war and the flight of populations, oppressive regimes and the disappearance of dissidents, the unpredictable effects...

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Lemons in the Chicken Wire

Lemons in the Chicken Wire

Alison Whittaker

Winner 2015 black&write! Indigenous Writing Fellowship - a partnership between the State Library of Queensland's black&write! Indigenous Writing and Editing Project and Magabala BooksFrom a...

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The Best Australian Poems 2015,

The Best Australian Poems 2015,

Geoff Page

In The Best Australian Poems 2015, you will find the who's who of contemporary poets and the pick of new voices. Sometimes satirical, sometimes erotic, covering family, religion, war and mortality, Geoff Page's selection...

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Crankhandle

Crankhandle

Alan Loney

Since moving from New Zealand to Australia back in 2001, Alan Loney has carried on a prolific, internationally recognised career in Melbourne. Crankhandle, Loney's latest published work, follows on from 2014's chapbook...

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The Fox Petition

The Fox Petition

Jennifer Maiden

New poems by Australia's foremost political poet, written in response to the social crises that confront us now. Jennifer Maiden's new collection deals with xenophobia and the rejection of otherness, whether immigrant or...

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Not Fox Nor Axe

Not Fox Nor Axe

Chloe Wilson

These poems present a panorama, by turns historical, mythical, and modern, of horrors and absurdities both familiar and obscure. 'Perhaps not fox nor axe, but something gives us chase' - and the only thing more difficult than...

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The Hazards,

The Hazards,

Sarah Holland-Batt

Engaging everywhere with questions of violence and loss, erasure and extinction, The Hazards inhabits unsettling terrain, unafraid to veer straight into turbulence.

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Falling and Flying: Poems on Ageing

Falling and Flying: Poems on Ageing

Judith Beveridge, Susan Ogle, Richard Wu

Falling and Flying: Poems of Ageing is the first collection of its kind to be published in Australia. The editors have selected a broad range of Australian poems which explore the universal experience and effects of...

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Fitzroy: The Biography

Fitzroy: The Biography

Pi O

Pi O grew up in 'the Narrows' of Fitzroy and, in-and-on that 'tainted corner' along that 'terrible mile' known thru-out Australia as Gertrude St. and Brunswick St. opposite the Champion and Rob Roy Hotels.

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Happiness

Happiness

Martin Harrison

Martin Harrison (1949-2014) prepared and delivered this final manuscript at the end of a prolific creative life. With the vulnerability of a lover, the poet peels back one cover of truth after another; reckless for the evidence of...

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Prayers of a Secular World

Prayers of a Secular World

Jordie Albiston, Kevin Brophy, David Tacey

Poems of faith and doubt, signs and wonders, epiphanies and longing, poems that lift you through the darkness. This exquisite blue book finished with gold foil is a collection of poems that are prayers for our time.<br...

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The Subject of Feeling

The Subject of Feeling

Peter Rose

Youth and maturity, love and infatuation, memory, music, loss, landscape, Peter Rose exposes the human experience in poems that are gorgeously lucid and often profound. The Subject of Feeling reveals a fearless wisdom, a wry wit...

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Eating My Grandmother: A Grief Cycle

Eating My Grandmother: A Grief Cycle

Krissy Kneen

Bereft after her grandmother's death, Krissy Kneen began writing these poems in an attempt to make sense of her loss. This powerful work offers a kaleidoscope of fitful dreams, tender memories and heart-struck musings that shine...

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Inside My Mother

Inside My Mother

Ali Cobby Eckermann

‘...an outstanding achievement that will, with its skill and elegance, deeply enrich Australian poetry and whoever reads it.' Judges' citation, 2013 NSW Premier's Literary Award for PoetryAli Cobby...

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Parang

Parang

Omar Musa

Parang is the second collection of poetry from former Australian Poetry Slam winner Omar Musa. Written over four years, the collection explores Malaysian jungles, dark Australian streets, and dreams. Dealing with the issues of...

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The Guardians

The Guardians

Lucy Dougan

Many poems in this collection explore the intrusions of 'the wild' into daily life, through memories, in illness, and in places that you've lost or left behind. Dougan is interested in the ways in which the past re-enters the...

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Cocky's Joy

Cocky’s Joy

Michael Farrell

Michael Farrell has a reputation as the most adventurous and experimental of contemporary Australian poets, since he continually pushes the boundaries of what our poetry can...

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Waiting For The Past

Waiting For The Past

Les A. Murray

New collection from award-winning Australian poet.

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Beds For All Who Come

Beds For All Who Come

Susan Bradley Smith

Three mothers, three daughters, a girl on fire. Female butchers and bloody poets. Flight after flight into history. Dressing, all dressing for the end of the world. An astonishing volume. - John Schad

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 Read reviewThe Best 100 Poems Of Gwen Harwood,

The Best 100 Poems Of Gwen Harwood,

Gwen Harwood

Described by Peter Porter as the 'outstanding Australian poet of the twentieth century', Gwen Harwood's work is defined by a moving sensuality, a twinkling irreverence, and a sly wit. Harwood published over 420 works in her...

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 Read reviewThe Best 100 Poems Of Dorothy Porter,

The Best 100 Poems Of Dorothy Porter,

Porter Dorothy

The Best 100 Poems of Dorothy Porter draws from her life's work to present the many facets of Porter the poet, from stretching the fabric of ancient mythology to delving into the beauty of the natural world, or inking an intimate...

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The Beautiful Anxiety

The Beautiful Anxiety

Jill Jones

The Beautiful Anxiety continually breaks across boundaries of the intimate and the global in an invigorating and unsettling mix of materialist and speculative writing on the interconnectedness of life amidst the environmental and...

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Poetry Notebook: 2006-2014

Poetry Notebook: 2006-2014

Clive James

Renowned critic and bestselling writer Clive James sets down his thoughts on the art form which matters to him most: poetry

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Drones and Phantoms

Drones and Phantoms

Jennifer Maiden

Winner of the Australian Literature Society (ALS) Gold Medal 2015 Drones and Phantoms is a powerful successor to Maiden's prize-winning collection Liquid Nitrogen, and again features...

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Love Poems And Death Threats

Love Poems And Death Threats

Samuel Wagan Watson

Love Poems and Death Threats breaks new ground for Indigenous Australian writing and adds to Samuel Wagan Watson's reputation as one of our most exciting poets.

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Gap

Rebecca Jessen

From the winner of the 2013 Queensland Literary Awards - Best Emerging Author category, Gap combines a gripping crime thriller with a style evocative of Dorothy Porter's cult classic, The Monkey's Mask.

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Final Theory

Final Theory

Bonny Cassidy

Final Theory is a long poem told in episodes, combining two fragmentary story lines - the one following a couple as they travel through landscapes which are at different times pristine and ravaged by progress; the other...

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Earth Hour

David Malouf

In his first full volume of poetry since Typewriter Music in 2007, David Malouf once again shows us why he is one of Australia's most enduring and respected writers.  

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Liquid Nitrogen

Liquid Nitrogen

Jennifer Maiden

In the cool medium of Maiden's poetry Julia Gillard confronts her mentor Nye Bevan, Kevin Rudd shares a flight with Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Eleanor Roosevelt plays Woody Guthrie for Hillary Clinton. The poems focus on the terrorist...

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The Sunlit Zone

The Sunlit Zone

Lisa Jacobson

The Sunlit Zone is a moving elegy of love and loss, admirable for its narrative sweep and the family dynamic that drives it. A risk-taking work of rare, imaginative power.

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Hotel Hyperion

Hotel Hyperion

Lisa Gorton

By turns intimate and grand in scale, Gorton's new collection of poems features snow domes, storm glasses, museum display cases, an ancestral home and the air-locked rooms of a mythical space hotel: all images which contains...

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The Darwin Poems

The Darwin Poems

Emily Ballou

In 1836, a twenty-six year old Charles Darwin stopped at Wentworth Falls en route to Bathurst, during the Beagle's short stay in Australia. The walk Darwin took through the bush, along the creek to the falls, is the same one the...

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When They Came for You: Elegies of resistance

When They Came for You: Elegies of resistance

Christopher Barnett

In this solemn act of remembering, the poet pulls onto his shoulders the weight of 'this world gone wrong'. In the tradition of Mayakovsky and Hikmet to read publicly 'to confront people more than to console them', this is a...

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