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Memory Book

Memory Book

Cassandra Atherton, Jessica L. Wilkinson

Memory Book: Portraits of Older Australians in Poetry and Watercolours shares and celebrates the fascinating life stories of everyday Australians.

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 Read reviewHuman Looking

Human Looking

Andy Jackson

The poems in Human Looking speak with the voices of the disabled and the disfigured, in ways which are confronting, but also illuminating and tender

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Fishing for Lightning: The Spark of Poetry

Fishing for Lightning: The Spark of Poetry

Sarah Holland-Batt

Sarah Holland-Batt's highly acclaimed and popular poetry columns from The Australian are collected together for the first time in Fishing for Lightning - suitable for the general reader as well as poetry aficionados.

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Take Care

Take Care

Eunice Andrada

The poems in Take Care explore what it means to survive within systems not designed for tenderness

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 Read reviewHow to Make a Basket

How to Make a Basket

Jazz Money

A powerful and lyrical collection of poetry by the winner of the 2020 David Unaipon Award.

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Sweet River

Sweet River

Jack Hibberd

'In Sweet River's wash of water and words, there's an implicit message. Humanity might be the great polluter, the river's enemy, but it will all live on, preserved in language ... But there's always the sweet river, pristine and...

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The Inheritors

The Inheritors

Amanda Anastasi

The inheritors are those who will suffer the ravages of climate change be they human, creature or plant. Compassion, anger and prophecy regarding the fate of our planet. These poems are reportage from the precipice.

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 Read reviewBeneath the Tree Line

Beneath the Tree Line

Jane Gibian

Jane Gibian's poetry is remarkable for its clarity of perception and its sensitivity to the details and rhythms of life - whether in nature or in social routines

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Vociferate

Vociferate

Emily Sun

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A Fire in My Head

A Fire in My Head

Ben Okri

A collection of new and recently completed poems by Ben Okri covering topics of the day, such as the refugee crisis, racism, Obama, the Grenfell Tower fire, and the Corona outbreak.

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Dog Songs: Poems

Dog Songs: Poems

Mary Oliver

In her collection Dog Songs, Pulitzer prize-winning poet Mary Oliver celebrates of the unique bond between human and dog. Published for the first time in the UK, this is an essential gift for dog lovers of all ages.

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 Read reviewWhisper Songs

Whisper Songs

Tony Birch

In this stunning collection Tony Birch invites the reader into a tender conversation with those he loves - and has loved - the most

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 Read reviewDropbear

Dropbear

Evelyn Araluen

This fierce debut from award-winning writer Evelyn Araluen confronts the tropes and iconography of an unreconciled nation with biting satire and lyrical fury.  

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I Said the Sea was Folded: Poems

I Said the Sea was Folded: Poems

Erik Jensen

Erik Jensen is an award-winning journalist, biographer and screenwriter. These poems announce a new phase in his work. They are startling in their simplicity and their honesty

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The Hill We Climb: An Inaugural Poem

The Hill We Climb: An Inaugural Poem

Amanda Gorman, Oprah Winfrey

Amanda Gorman's powerful and historic poem 'The Hill We Climb,' read at President Joe Biden's inauguration, is now available as a collectible gift edition.

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Labour and Other Poems

Labour and Other Poems

Astrid Lorange, Justin Clemens

This book is about relations and their ambiguous intimacies

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 Read reviewThe Open

The Open

Lucy Van, Merlinda Bobis

Van's poetry is an ongoing decolonial passage. Each opened space and time takes to task the one just left, then comes home to the poet, her self-reflexive though pointing to her own entanglement. She's inside and outside these...

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Homecoming

Homecoming

Elfie Shiosaki

Homecoming pieces together fragments of stories about four generations of Noongar women and explores how they navigated the changing landscapes of colonisation, protectionism, and assimilation to hold their families together. This...

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Late Murrumbidgee Poems

Late Murrumbidgee Poems

John Mukky Burke, Melissa Lucashenko

'My real life experiences are here - expressed guts and all - far more honestly than before, and hang the consequences in the open.' - John Mukky Burke

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100 Poems

100 Poems

Seamus Heaney

A singular, accessible selection of Heaney's work, for new and younger readers and for schools.

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Set Me On Fire: A Poem For Every Feeling

Set Me On Fire: A Poem For Every Feeling

Ella Risbridger

Set Me On Fire is an anthology for a new moment in poetry- a collection of fresh, vibrant voices from poets all over the globe, both living and dead. With an intuitive, accessible, feelings-first format, these are poems for the...

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Towards the End

Towards the End

Ali Alizadeh

This collection of poems presents the contemporary world as broken and dying, a world that is moving irreversibly towards collapse as well as rebirth. The collection may be described as a fusion of social satire, gothic dystopia...

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Sight Lines

Sight Lines

Arthur Sze

Sze, in drawing connections between the pastoral and the catastrophic, speaks to a contemporary condition in which we are constantly fragmented and made whole again as we are presented with a saturation of narratives. In his...

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Rumi: Poems

Rumi: Poems

Jalalu'l-Din Rumi, Peter Washington

This volume draws on a wide variety of translations - from the early 20th century to the present - of Rumi's deeply moving, sensually vibrant poetry.

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Milk and Honey

Milk and Honey

Rupi Kaur

milk and honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. About the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss and femininity.

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A Thousand Mornings

A Thousand Mornings

Mary Oliver

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Mary Oliver celebrates morning, in a collection published for the first time in the UK, along with selected backlist.

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Love is Strong as Death: Poems chosen by Paul Kelly

Love is Strong as Death: Poems chosen by Paul Kelly

Paul Kelly

A collection of more than 300 of Paul Kelly's favourite poems.

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Inside My Mother

Inside My Mother

Ali Cobby Eckermann

In her new poetry collection, Inside My Mother, Indigenous poet Ali Cobby Eckermann explores the trauma created by family separation, felt as an interminable void in its darkest aspects, but in other ways a magical place 'beyond...

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Ariel

Ariel

Sylvia Plath

Possessing one of the most commanding voices in twentieth-century poetry, Plath published only one volume of verse and a single novel.

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Collected Poems

Collected Poems

Les Murray

Les Murray's new and updated Collected Poems displays the full range of his poetic art.    

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Hera Lindsay Bird

Hera Lindsay Bird

Bird Hera Lindsay

This impressive debut has established Hera Lindsay Bird as a good girl with many beneficial thoughts and feelings. With themes as varied as snow and tears, the poems in this collection shine with the fantastic cream of who she is,...

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The Lost Arabs

The Lost Arabs

Omar Sakr

Award-winning Arab Australian poet Omar Sakr presents a pulsating collection of poetry that interrogates the bonds and borders of family, faith, queerness, and nationality.       

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The Future Keepers

The Future Keepers

Nandi Chinna

The poems in The Future Keepers honour ecosystems and the custodians of future ecologies.

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Empirical

Empirical

Lisa Gorton

The third poetry collection by Lisa Gorton, one of a small number of Australian writers who have won major literary awards for both poetry and fiction.    

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Blakwork

Blakwork

Alison Whittaker

 Alison Whittaker's Blakwork is an original and unapologetic collection from which two things emerge; an incomprehensible loss, and the poet's fearless examination of the present.

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Evolution

Evolution

Eileen Myles

A searing new collection of Eileen Myles' acclaimed poetry.

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Sea of Strangers

Sea of Strangers

Lang Leav

Sea of Strangers by Lang Leav picks up from her previous international bestselling books, and sets sail for a grand new adventure.

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Green Shadows and other poems

Green Shadows and other poems

Gerald Murnane

Gerald Murnane turns to poetry at the end of his literary career, writing frank, disarming poems that traverse the rich span of his life.

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False Claims of Colonial Thieves

False Claims of Colonial Thieves

Charmaine Papertalk Green, John Kinsella

From well-known poets John Kinsella and Charmaine Papertalk-Green comes a tête-à-tête that is powerful, thought provoking, and challenges what we think we know about our country, colonisation, and how we...

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Knuckled

Knuckled

Fiona Wright

The first collection of poetry by award-winning young Sydney poet, poetry activist andeditor Fiona Wright, whose work satirises the pretensions and aspirations of young Australian city-dwellers

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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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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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An Open Book

An Open Book

David Malouf

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Motherland Fatherland Homelandsexuals

Motherland Fatherland Homelandsexuals

Patricia Lockwood

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Book of Longing

Book of Longing

Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen made his name as a poet before he came to worldwide attention as a singer and songwriter. This collection of his poetry was written in Montreal, Mumbai and during his retirement in Mt Baldy.

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Veinte poemas de amor y una cancion desesperada: Edicion en dos idiomas

Veinte poemas de amor y una cancion desesperada: Edicion en dos idiomas

Pablo Neruda, W. S. Merwin, Cristina Garcia

When it appeared in 1924, this work launched into the international spotlight a young, unknown poet whose writings would ignite a generation. Merwin's incomparable translation faces the original Spanish text in this volume that...

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There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce

There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce

Morgan Parker

'This is a marvelous book. See for yourself. Morgan Parker is a fearlessly forward and forward-thinking literary star.' Terrance Hayes Morgan Parker's highly anticipated, fierce new collection of poetry uses political and...

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