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  • ARCHIVAL POETICS
    ARCHIVAL POETICS
    HARKIN NATALIE
    ISBN: 9781925735215
    Title: ARCHIVAL POETICS
    Author: HARKIN NATALIE
    Format: SLIP CASE
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Archival-Poetics is an embodied reckoning with the State’s colonial archive and those traumatic, contested and buried episodes of history that inevitably return to haunt; a way of knowing and being in the world that carries us lovingly back and forward and back again toward something else restorative/ transformed/ honouring/ just. Family records at the heart of this work highlight policy measures targeting Aboriginal girls for removal into indentured domestic labour, and trigger questions on surveillance, representation and agency. This is a shared story; a decolonising project through poetic refusal, resistance and memory-making. It is our memory in the blood, and it does not always flow easily.

    Dr Natalie Harkin is a Narungga woman and activist-poet from South Australia. She is a Research Fellow at Flinders University with an interest in decolonising state archives, currently engaging archival-poetic methods to research and document Aboriginal women’s domestic service and labour histories in SA. Her words have been installed and projected in exhibitions comprising text-object-video projection, including creative-arts research collaboration with the Unbound Collective. She has published widely, including with literary journals Overland, Westerly, Southerly, Wasafiri International Contemporary Writing, TEXT and Cordite. Her first poetry collection, Dirty Words, was published by Cordite Books in 2015.


    Imprint: VAGABOND PRESS
    RRP: $30.00

    Price: $30.00
  • ARGOSY
    ARGOSY
    LI BELLA
    ISBN: 9781922181961
    Title: ARGOSY
    Author: LI BELLA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    WINNER of the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards 2018 (Poetry).

    Shortlisted for the NSW Premier's Literary Awards 2018 (Poetry).

    Commended in The Wesley Michel Wright Prize in Poetry.

    This innovative full-length collection, drawing inspiration from the surrealist collage novels of Max Ernst, is an arresting and utterly unique assemblage of poetry, collage and photography. In two parts, the book engages with themes of travel and exploration, language and loss, identity and originality, as well as the relationship between poetry and other disciplines: the visual arts, history, literature and film. Polyglot in sensibility and content, and daring in construction, Argosy defies categorisation. Grounded firmly in Australian contemporary poetic practice, the book is also outward-looking in its approach to form and content; it constitutes a landmark in both local and international poetics.

    ‘Li is a cartographer of a different kind. Her map-making is as aesthetic as it is topographic, plotting fragmented histories, horizons and the spectral lands of memory and dream.’ Tamryn Bennett, Mascara Literary Review

    Imprint: VAGABOND PRESS
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • ARIAS
    ARIAS
    OLDS SHARON
    ISBN: 9781787332157
    Title: ARIAS
    Author: OLDS SHARON
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    *SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2019 T. S. ELIOT PRIZE*

    Following her recent Odes, the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet gives us a new collection of poems that sing of a woman's intimate life and political conscience. The atom bomb, Breaking Bad, the cervix, Trayvon Martin, her mother's return from the dead- the peerless Sharon Olds once again takes up subject matter that is both difficult and ordinary, elusive and everywhere.

    Each aria is shaped by its unique melody and moral logic, as Olds stands centre stage to account for her own late romance and chance wisdom, and faces the tragic life of our nation and our planet. 'I cannot say I did not ask / to be born,' begins one aria, which considers how, with what actions, with what thirst, we each ask for a turn, and receive our portion on earth. Olds delivers these pieces with all the passion, anguish, and solo force that make a great performance, in the process enlarging the soul of her readers.

    'Olds is a supreme poet of the body; I'll be reading her till I die' Fiona Benson

    Imprint: Jonathan Cape Publishers
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ARIEL
    ARIEL
    PLATH SYLVIA
    ISBN: 9780571322725
    Title: ARIEL
    Author: PLATH SYLVIA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Ariel, first published in 1965, contains many of Sylvia Plath's best-known poems, written in an extraordinary burst of creativity just before her death in 1963. Including poems such as 'Lady Lazarus', 'Edge', 'Daddy' and 'Paralytic', it was the first of four collections to be published by Faber & Faber. Ariel is the volume on which Sylvia Plath's reputation as one of the most original, daring and gifted poets of the twentieth century rests...'Since she died my mother has been dissected, analysed, reinterpreted, reinvented, fictionalized, and in some cases completely fabricated. It comes down to this: her own words describe her best, her ever-changing moods defining the way she viewed her world and the manner in which she pinned down her subjects with a merciless eye.' - from Frieda Hughes's introduction to Ariel

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ARIEL
    ARIEL
    PLATH SYLVIA
    ISBN: 9780571351169
    Title: ARIEL
    Author: PLATH SYLVIA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The poems in Sylvia Plath's Ariel, including many of her best-known such as 'Lady Lazarus', 'Daddy', 'Edge' and 'Paralytic', were all written between the publication in 1960 of Plath's first book, The Colossus, and her death in 1963.

    'If the poems are despairing, vengeful and destructive, they are at the same time tender, open to things, and also unusually clever, sardonic, hardminded ... They are works of great artistic purity and, despite all the nihilism, great generosity ... the book is a major literary event.' - A. Alvarez in the Observer

    This beautifully designed edition forms part of a series of ten titles celebrating Faber's publishing over the decades.

    Imprint: Faber and Faber
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ARIEL : RESTORED EDITION
    ARIEL : RESTORED EDITION
    PLATH SYLVIA
    ISBN: 9780571236091
    Title: ARIEL : RESTORED EDITION
    Author: PLATH SYLVIA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Upon the publication of her posthumous volume of poetry, Ariel, in the mid-1960s, Sylvia Plath became a household name. Readers may be surprised to learn that the draft of Ariel left behind by Sylvia Plath when she died in 1963 is different from the volume of poetry eventually published to worldwide acclaim.This facsimile edition restores, for the first time, the selection and arrangement of the poems as Sylvia Plath left them at the point of her death. In addition to the facsimile pages of Sylvia Plath's manuscript, this edition also includes in facsimile the complete working drafts of the title poem 'Ariel' in order to offer a sense of Plath's creative process, as well as notes the author made for the BBC about some of the manuscript's poems.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ARMISTICE
    ARMISTICE
    DUFFY CAROL ANN
    ISBN: 9780571347087
    Title: ARMISTICE
    Author: DUFFY CAROL ANN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Armistice of 1918 brought ceasefire to the war on the Western Front, but 'the Great War' would not as hoped be 'the war to end all wars'. In this affecting selection, the Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, guides us deep into the act and root of 'armistice': its stoppage or 'stand' of arms, its search for truce and ceasefire. In 100 poems, our most cherished poets of the Great War speak alongside those from other conflicts and cultures, so that we hear some of the lesser-heard voices of war, including wives, families, those left behind. These poems of war and peace memorialise the horror and the tragedy of conflict. At the same time, in armistice, they become a record of renewal and a testimony to hope.

    Imprint: Faber and Faber
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • ART OF VOICE  : Poetic Principles and Practice
    ART OF VOICE : Poetic Principles and Practice
    HOAGLAND TONY
    ISBN: 9781324002680
    Title: ART OF VOICE : Poetic Principles and Practice
    Author: HOAGLAND TONY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: May 2019 New Release

    An award-winning poet, teacher, and “champion of poetry” (New York Times) demystifies the elusive element of voice.

    In this accessible and distilled craft guide, acclaimed poet Tony Hoagland approaches poetry through the frame of poetic voice, that mysterious connective element that binds the speaker and reader together. A poem strong in the dimension of voice is an animate thing of shifting balances, tones, and temperatures, by turns confiding, vulgar, bossy, or cunning?but above all, alive.

    The twelve short chapters of The Art of Voice explore ways to create a distinctive poetic voice, including vernacular, authoritative statement, material imagination, speech register, tone-shifting, and using secondary voices as an enriching source of texture in the poem. A comprehensive appendix contains thirty stimulating models and exercises that will help poets cultivate their craft. Mining his personal experience as a poet and analyzing a wide range of examples from Catullus to Marie Howe, Hoagland provides a lively introduction to contemporary poetry and an invaluable guide for any practicing writer.

    Imprint: NORTON
    RRP: $35.95

    Price: $35.95
  • ARTHUR RIMBAUD : Complete Works
    ARTHUR RIMBAUD : Complete Works
    RIMBAUD ARTHUR
    ISBN: 9780061561771
    Title: ARTHUR RIMBAUD : Complete Works
    Author: RIMBAUD ARTHUR
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The complete works of the notorious Arthur Rimbaud, one of the most influential and widely read poets of all time One of the world's most influential poets, Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891) is remembered as much for his volatile personality and tumultuous life as he is for his writings, almost all of which he produced before the age of twenty.

    Paul Schmidt's acclaimed collection brings together his complete poetry, prose, and letters, including "The Drunken Boat," "The Orphans' New Year," "After the Flood," and "A Season in Hell." Complete Works is divided into eight "seasons"-Childhood, the Open Road, War, the Tormented Heart, the Visionary, the Damned Soul, a Few Belated Cowardices, and the Man with the Wind at His Heels-that reflect the facets of Rimbaud's life.

    Imprint: Harper U.S.A
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ASK ME ABOUT THE FUTURE
    ASK ME ABOUT THE FUTURE
    JESSEN REBECCA
    ISBN: 9780702262791
    Title: ASK ME ABOUT THE FUTURE
    Author: JESSEN REBECCA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: April 2020 New Release

    Full of zest and flair, Jessen's poems map constellations of desire, loss and longing. Riffing on the future (which isn't what it used to be), dating apps, despair, Bonnie Tyler, Taylor Swift and the lesbian bachelorette, they are set in interstellar queer utopias, maternity wards and single beds. Jessen's edgy, scintillating poems urge us all to be a 'little gay' and to celebrate existence inall its multiplicity.

    These are poems of sly surprises, radical vulnerability, dark-edged humour and vast originality that gently encourage readers to acknowledge past traumas while forging ahead to embrace the future. Following Jessen's award-winning verse novel, Gap,this collection confirms her as a major talent of her generation.


    Imprint: University of Queensland Press
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • ASSURANCES  -  Costa Poetry Award Winner 2018
    ASSURANCES - Costa Poetry Award Winner 2018
    MORGAN J O
    ISBN: 9781787330856
    Title: ASSURANCES - Costa Poetry Award Winner 2018
    Author: MORGAN J O
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A compelling multi-layered narrative set in the early years of the Cold War from the award-winning Scottish poet.

    A war-poem both historic and frighteningly topical, Assurances begins in the 1950s during a period of vigilance and dread in the middle of the Cold War- the long stand-off between nuclear powers, where the only defence was the threat of mutually assured destruction.Using a mix of versed and unversed passages, Morgan places moments of calm reflection alongside the tensions inherent in guarding against such a permanent threat. A work of variations and possibilities, we hear the thoughts of those involved who are trying to understand and justify their roles. We examine the lives of civilians who are not aware of the impending danger, as well as those who are. We listen to the whirring minds of machines; to the voice of the bomb itself. We spy on enemy agents- always there, always somewhere close at hand.Assurances is an intimate, dramatic work for many voices- lyrical, anxious, fragmentary and terrifying; a poem about the nuclear stalemate, the deterrent that is still in place today- how it works and how it might fail, and what will vanish if it does.

    Imprint: JONATHAN CAPE
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • AXIS BOOK 2
    AXIS BOOK 2
    CARRUTHERS A J
    ISBN: 9781925735222
    Title: AXIS BOOK 2
    Author: CARRUTHERS A J
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The facts: AXIS Book 2 follows from AXIS Book 1: Areal as the second installment of my lifelong long poem. Written mostly on an ACER Aspire S 13 computer between 2015 and 2019, Book 2 is made of 3 microbooks – Blazar, Chorastics, Disk – & comprises 30 poems in total. Blazars; black hole objects with jet axes pointing towards earth. Chorastics; a chorus, a human cluster. Disk; the shape of some galaxies but also a compact storage device. Each microbook; equal number of lines for each register. Blazar in 3 registers (258 lines), Chorastics in 4 (680 lines), Disk in 5 (360). Ends with music.

    ‘AXIS forges an architecture of meaning, pattern and sound that functions like the mind of the poet in process. Brilliant, rigorous and enigmatic.’ ? Rochelle Owens


    a.j. carruthers is an Australian-born experimental poet and critic.

    Imprint: VAGABOND PRESS
    RRP: $25.00

    Price: $25.00
  • BAFFLING GRAVITY
    BAFFLING GRAVITY
    SANT ANDREW
    ISBN: 9781925780239
    Title: BAFFLING GRAVITY
    Author: SANT ANDREW
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Gravity as a physical influence, the weight of gravity, and gravity of thought and action are central to Andrew Sant’s new collection of poems — and so too is the means of baffling gravity, not the least by the deployment of wit. Gravity here is also baffling in the alternative sense, as a force or as a theory, which summons perplexity. These poems, wide ranging in time and place, are richly textured investigations of the world, its terrain and its people, by an alert, often restless, informed observer.

    Imprint: Puncher and Wattmann
    RRP: $25.00

    Price: $25.00
  • BEE HUT : POEMS 2001-2008
    BEE HUT : POEMS 2001-2008
    PORTER DOROTHY
    ISBN: 9781863954464
    Title: BEE HUT : POEMS 2001-2008
    Author: PORTER DOROTHY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK


    Imprint: BLACK INC
    RRP: $24.95
    Price: $24.95
  • BEES
    BEES
    DUFFY CAROL ANN
    ISBN: 9780330442459
    Title: BEES
    Author: DUFFY CAROL ANN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The critically acclaimed new collection from the Poet Laureate.

    ‘Beautiful and moving poetry for the real world’ Jeanette Winterson, Guardian

    ‘Wonderful . . . a poet alert to every sound and shape of language’ Sunday Telegraph

    The Bees is Carol Ann Duffy’s first collection of poems as Poet Laureate. In it she uses her full poetic range: there are drinking songs, love poems, poems of political anger; there are elegies, too, for beloved friends, and – most movingly – the poet’s own mother.

    Woven and weaving through the book is its presiding spirit: the bee. Sometimes the bee is Duffy’s subject, sometimes it strays into the poem, or hovers at its edge. In the end, Duffy’s point is clear: the bee symbolizes what we have left of grace in the world, and what is most precious and necessary for us to protect. The Bees, at once intimate and public, is a work of great power from one of our most cherished poets.

    Imprint: PICADOR
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • BEES
    BEES
    DUFFY CAROL ANN
    ISBN: 9781509852925
    Title: BEES
    Author: DUFFY CAROL ANN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Bees is Carol Ann Duffy’s first collection of poems as Poet Laureate. In it she uses her full poetic range: there are drinking songs, love poems, poems of political anger; there are elegies, too, for beloved friends, and – most movingly – the poet’s own mother.

    Woven and weaving through the book is its presiding spirit: the bee. Sometimes the bee is Duffy’s subject, sometimes it strays into the poem, or hovers at its edge. In the end, Duffy’s point is clear: the bee symbolizes what we have left of grace in the world, and what is most precious and necessary for us to protect. The Bees, at once intimate and public, is a work of great power from one of our most cherished poets.

    Imprint: PICADOR
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
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