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  • BETTING ON THE MUSE
    BETTING ON THE MUSE
    BUKOWSKI CHARLES
    ISBN: 9781574230017
    Title: BETTING ON THE MUSE
    Author: BUKOWSKI CHARLES
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Betting on the Muse is a combination of hilarious poetry and stories. Charles Bukowski writes about the real life of a working man and all that comes with it.

    Imprint: ECCO
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • BIRTH PLAN
    BIRTH PLAN
    HOLT L K
    ISBN: 9781925735079
    Title: BIRTH PLAN
    Author: HOLT L K
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Birth Plan is LK Holt’s fourth full-length collection is a generous, sharp-edged, technically masterful and expansive collection from one of Australia’s foremost female poets. These poems are transformative, fiercely feminist, unrelenting in their clarity, and display a rare mastery of the musicality of language. Exploring the realities of mothering and loving in the late Anthropocene, Holt’s work is rigorous in its exploration and evocation of psychological truths and half-truths. Fearless and darkly humorous, these are poems that turn on a phoneme and give full life and song to the shimmering uncertainties and hard realities of selfhood.

    LK Holt lives in Melbourne, Australia. Her previous full-length collections are Man Wolf Man (2007), Patience, Mutiny (2010), and Keeps (2014). She is a recipient of the Kenneth Slessor Prize and the Grace Leven Prize, and has been longlisted for the Literature Society Gold Medal.


    Imprint: VAGABOND PRESS
    RRP: $25.00

    Price: $25.00
  • BLOODAXE BOOK OF CONTEMPORARY INDIAN POETS
    BLOODAXE BOOK OF CONTEMPORARY INDIAN POETS
    THAYIL JEET (ED)
    ISBN: 9781852248017
    Title: BLOODAXE BOOK OF CONTEMPORARY INDIAN POETS
    Author: THAYIL JEET (ED)
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Jeet Thayil’s definitive selection covers 55 years of Indian poetry in English. It is the first anthology to represent not just the major poets of the past half-century – the canonical writers who have dominated Indian poetry and publishing since the 1950s – but also the different kinds of poetry written by an extraordinary range of younger poets who live in many countries as well as in India. It is a groundbreaking global anthology of 70 poets writing in a common language responding to shared traditions, different cultures and contrasting lives in the changing modern world.

    Thayil’s starting-point is Nissim Ezekiel, the first important modern Indian poet after Tagore, who published his first collection in London in 1952. Aiming for “verticality” rather than chronology, Thayil’s anthology charts a poetry of astonishing volume and quality. It pays homage to major influences, including Ezekiel, Dom Moraes and Arun Kolatkar, who died within months of each other in 2004. It rediscovers forgotten figures such as Lawrence Bantleman and Gopal Honnalgere, and it serves as an introduction to the poets of the future.

    The book also shows that many Indian poets were mining the rich vein of ‘chutnified’ (Salman Rushdie’s word) Indian English long before novelists like Rushdie and Upamanyu Chatterjee started using it in their fiction. It explains why Pankaj Mishra and Amit Chaudhuri have said that Indian poetry in English has a longer, more distinguished tradition than Indian fiction in English.

    The Indian poet now lives and works in New York, New Delhi, London, Itanagar, Bangalore, Berkeley, Goa, Sheffield, Lonavala, Montana, Aarhus, Allahabad, Hongkong, Montreal, Melbourne, Calcutta, Connecticut, Cuttack and various other global corridors. While some may have little in common in terms of culture (a number of the poets have never lived in India), this anthology shows how they are all bound by the intimate histories of a shared English language.

    'The Bloodaxe Book of Contemporary Indian Poets, edited by Jeet Thayil, is a labour of love that gathers the Indian poets writing in English from the past and the present, from within India, from outside. While there may not be a firm geographical location to the experience of being an Indian poet, there is certainly a firm emotional one' – Kiran Desai, Guardian Books of the Year

    Imprint: BLOODAXE BOOKS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BLOOMIN NOTIONS OF OTHER AND BEAU
    BLOOMIN NOTIONS OF OTHER AND BEAU
    FITCH TOBY
    ISBN: 9781922181466
    Title: BLOOMIN NOTIONS OF OTHER AND BEAU
    Author: FITCH TOBY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Nineteenth-century French poet Arthur Rimbaud told his friends in Africa that he had “seen Australia”. But what did he mean by “seen”? Visited? Viewed on the horizon? Imagined?

    The Bloomin’ Notions of Other & Beau is a book of antipodes—inversions—of the prose poems collected in Rimbaud’s Les Illuminations, which Toby Fitch turns upside down, hijacking and re-versing their content. Here you will find collages, redactions, homophonic and metonymic mistranslations, pattern poems, concrete poems and other systematic derangements, some curiously child-like, others warped by the virtual world. Rimbaud’s prose proves fertile ground in which to grow Bloomin’ Notions—poems that see the land Down Under in an other light.

    Imprint: VAGABOND PRESS
    RRP: $25.00

    Price: $25.00
  • BLUE HORSES
    BLUE HORSES
    OLIVER MARY
    ISBN: 9781472153746
    Title: BLUE HORSES
    Author: OLIVER MARY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

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

    Maybe our world will grow kinder eventually.
    Maybe the desire to make something beautiful
    is the piece of God that is inside each of us.


    In this stunning collection, Mary Oliver returns to the imagery that has defined her life's work.

    Herons, sparrows, owls and kingfishers flit across the page in meditations on love, artistry and impermanence. Whether considering a bird's nest, the seeming patience of oak trees or the paintings of Franz Marc, Mary Oliver reminds us of the transformative power of attention and how much can be contained within the smallest moments.

    Blue Horses asks what it truly means to belong to this world and to live in it attuned to all its changes. 'To be human,' she shows us, 'is to sing your own song'.

    Imprint: CORSAIR
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • BOOK OF ETHEL
    BOOK OF ETHEL
    ALBISTON JORDIE
    ISBN: 9781922186263
    Title: BOOK OF ETHEL
    Author: ALBISTON JORDIE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The subject of this work is the author's maternal great grandmother. Born in 1872, in St Just, Cornwall, Ethel emigrated to Australia at the age of fifteen. Beginning married life in a one-room tin shack outside Mildura, she published articles and her own collection of short stories, moving house frequently and raising six children along the way. These poems are compact and precise micro-portraits in verse.

    With characteristic adherence to formal, almost claustrophobic strictures set against an animate sense of buoyancy and breath, Albiston explores the tension between high poetic artifice and the small moments of an ordinary life

    Imprint: PUNCHER AND WATTMANN PUBL
    RRP: $25.00

    Price: $25.00
  • BOOK OF LONGING
    BOOK OF LONGING
    COHEN LEONARD
    ISBN: 9780141027562
    Title: BOOK OF LONGING
    Author: COHEN LEONARD
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    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.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $24.95

    Price: $24.95
  • BOOK OF LUMINOUS THINGS : AN INTERNATIONAL ANTHOLOGY OF POETRY
    BOOK OF LUMINOUS THINGS : AN INTERNATIONAL ANTHOLOGY OF POETRY
    MILOSZ CZESLAW [ED]
    ISBN: 9780156005746
    Title: BOOK OF LUMINOUS THINGS : AN INTERNATIONAL ANTHOLOGY OF POETRY
    Author: MILOSZ CZESLAW [ED]
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    For A Book of Luminous Things Nobel laureate poet Czeslaw Milosz has selected 300 of the world's greatest poems written throughout the ages, poems memorable for how they render the realities of the world palpable and immediate.

    They are organized under eleven headings - including "Epiphany, " "Nature, " "The Secret of a Thing, " "Travel, " "Places, " and "The Moment." In addition to his introduction, Milosz contributes brief, penetrating commentary on each poet.

    Among the poets included are Elizabeth Bishop William Blake, Joseph Brodsky, Constantinos Cavafy, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, Allen Ginsberg, Linda Gregg, Seamus Heaney, Zbigniew Herbert, Jane Hirshfield, Robinson Jeffers, D. H. Lawrence, Denise Levertov, Philip Levine, Li Po, Antonio Machado, Thomas Merton, W. S. Merwin, Sharon Olds, Mary Oliver, Po Chu-I, Rainer Maria Rilke, Theodore Roethke, Charles Simic, Gary Snyder, Wallace Stevens, May Swenson, Anna Swir, Wislawa Szymborska, Tu Fu, Wang Wei, Walt Whitman, and William Carlos Williams.

    Imprint: HARCOURT
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • BORDER SECURITY
    BORDER SECURITY
    DAWE BRUCE
    ISBN: 9781742589138
    Title: BORDER SECURITY
    Author: DAWE BRUCE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'With each change of poetic clothes, at each moment, [Dawe] displays us ironically, satirically, good-humouredly to ourselves, with a warmth and sadness for humanity's follies.' - Thea Astley, Three Australian Writers

    'Bruce Dawe is that rare phenomenon, a natural poet with a superlative feeling for language.' - Geoffrey Lehmann, The Bulletin

    '...in him we have an individual and passionately perceptive writer whose work has already assumed its proper territory and whose terms are directed from the heart as well as the mind.' - Judith Wright, Poetry No. 4

    Imprint: UWA PUBLISHING
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • BRIGHT DEAD THINGS
    BRIGHT DEAD THINGS
    LIMON ADA
    ISBN: 9781472154569
    Title: BRIGHT DEAD THINGS
    Author: LIMON ADA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'BRIGHT DEAD THINGS buoyed me in this dismal year. I'm thankful for this collection, for its wisdom and generosity, for its insistence on holding tight to beauty even as we face disintegration and destruction.' Celeste Ng, author of EVERYTHING I NEVER TOLD YOU

    A book of bravado and introspection, of feminist swagger and harrowing loss, Bright Dead Things considers how we build our identities out of place and human contact - tracing in intimate detail the ways the speaker's sense of self both shifts and perseveres as she moves from New York City to rural Kentucky, loses a dear parent, ages past the capriciousness of youth and falls in love.

    In these extraordinary poems Ada Limon's heart becomes a 'huge beating genius machine' striving to embrace and understand the fullness of the present moment. 'I am beautiful. I am full of love. I am dying,' the poet writes. Building on the legacies of forebears such as Frank O'Hara, Sharon Olds and Mark Doty, Limon's work is consistently generous, accessible, and 'effortlessly lyrical' (New York Times) - though every observed moment feels complexly thought, felt and lived.

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • BRUTE
    BRUTE
    SKAJA EMILY
    ISBN: 9781472155238
    Title: BRUTE
    Author: SKAJA EMILY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: October 2019 New Release

    Selected by Joy Harjo as the winner of the Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets

    'Taut, ferocious . . . This is a book about survival, and a welcome, confident debut' New York Times Book Review

    Emily Skaja's debut collection is a fiery, hypnotic book that confronts the dark questions and menacing silences around gender, sexuality and violence. BRUTE arises, brave and furious, from the dissolution of a relationship, showing how such endings necessitate self-discovery and reinvention. The speaker of these poems is a sorceress, a bride, a warrior, a lover, both object and agent, ricocheting among ways of knowing and being known. Each incarnation squares itself up against ideas of feminine virtue and sin, strength and vulnerability, love and rage, as it closes in on a hard-won freedom.

    BRUTE is absolutely sure of its capacity to insist not only on the truth of what it says but on the truth of its right to say it. 'What am I supposed to say: I'm free?' the first poem asks. The rest of the poems emphatically discover new ways to answer. This is a timely winner of the Walt Whitman Award, and an introduction to an unforgettable voice.

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • BURNING IN WATER DROWNING IN FLAME - SELECTED POEMS 1955-1973
    BURNING IN WATER DROWNING IN FLAME - SELECTED POEMS 1955-1973
    BUKOWSKI CHARLES
    ISBN: 9780876851913
    Title: BURNING IN WATER DROWNING IN FLAME - SELECTED POEMS 1955-1973
    Author: BUKOWSKI CHARLES
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Burning in Water, Drowning in Flame is poetry full of gambling, drinking and women. Charles Bukowski writes realistically about the seedy underbelly of life.

    Imprint: ECCO
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • CAPTAIN IS OUT TO LUNCH AND THE SAILORS HAVE TAKEN OVER THE SHIP
    CAPTAIN IS OUT TO LUNCH AND THE SAILORS HAVE TAKEN OVER THE SHIP
    BUKOWSKI CHARLES
    ISBN: 9781574230581
    Title: CAPTAIN IS OUT TO LUNCH AND THE SAILORS HAVE TAKEN OVER THE SHIP
    Author: BUKOWSKI CHARLES
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A book length collaboration between two underground legends, Charles Bukowski and Robert Crumb.

    Bukowski's last journals candidly and humorously reveal the events in the writer's life as death draws inexorably nearer, thereby illuminating our own lives and natures, and to give new meaning to what was once only familiar.

    Imprint: ECCO
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • CAPTAINS TOWER : SEVENTY POETS CELEBRATE BOB DYLAN AT SEVENTY
    CAPTAINS TOWER : SEVENTY POETS CELEBRATE BOB DYLAN AT SEVENTY
    BOWN PHIL ET AL
    ISBN: 9781854115607
    Title: CAPTAINS TOWER : SEVENTY POETS CELEBRATE BOB DYLAN AT SEVENTY
    Author: BOWN PHIL ET AL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Captain's Tower is a birthday present anthology of poems concerned with Dylan's life, his work, and his cultural impact. One of the most distinguished lyricists of the poets-war period, Dylan has entertained and inspired poets, writers generally and millions of ordinary fans with the imagery, wit and technique of his writing, be it in songs of love, protest, faith or pure Dylan-ness. In this book the poets answer back in a response to Dylan's creativity, capacity to inspire and his enormous influence on culture and writing.

    Here are poems by Allen Ginsberg, Lachlan Mackinnon, Glyn Maxwell, Matthew Sweeney, Jermey Reed, Linda Chase, Chris McCabe, Helen Kitson, Sophie Hannah, Wendy Cope, Linda France, Mark Ford, Andrew Motion, Owen Sheers, Paul Henry, Roger McGough, Roddy Lumsden, Peter Finch, Paul Batchelor, Paul Muldoon, Hugo Williams and Ian McMillan

    Imprint: WOODSLANE
    RRP: $32.95

    Price: $32.95
  • CAPTAINS VERSES : LOVE POEMS
    CAPTAINS VERSES : LOVE POEMS
    NERUDA PABLO
    ISBN: 9780811218214
    Title: CAPTAINS VERSES : LOVE POEMS
    Author: NERUDA PABLO
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Pablo Neruda, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, finished writing The Captain's Verses in 1952 while in exile on the island of Capri-the paradisal setting for the blockbuster film Il Postino (The Postman). Surrounded by sea, sun, and Capri's natural splendors, Neruda addressed these poems to his lover Matilde Urrutia before they were married, but didn't publish them publicly until 1963. This complete, bilingual collection has become a classic for love-struck readers around the world-passionately sensuous, and exploding with all the erotic energy of a new love.

    Imprint: NORTON
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • CAPTIVE AND TEMPORAL
    CAPTIVE AND TEMPORAL
    HOANG NGUYEN TIEN
    ISBN: 9781922181411
    Title: CAPTIVE AND TEMPORAL
    Author: HOANG NGUYEN TIEN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Nguyen Tiên Hoàng is a Melbourne-based poet, translator and poetry editor. His poems appeared in the Saturday Age, HEAT, Cordite, Peril, Black Inc Publishing anthologies of Best Australian Poems, Poetry International website and Contemporary Asian-Australian Poets anthology [Puncher & Wattmann, 2013]. With Vagabond Press he has published Years, Elegy - a chapbook in the Rare Objects series and edited the fourth volume in the Asia Pacific Poetry series. Nguy?n Tiên Hoàng under the pen name Thu?ng Quán over thirty has published a wide range of essays, poems and short stories on major Vietnamese literary journals inside and outside Vietnam including Van, Van Hoc, Hop Luu, tienve, damau; a collection of poems Ngoai Giac Ngu (Beyond Sleeps) by Van Nghe Publishing, California; and Watermarks on talawas. He was poetry editor of Hop Luu (Confluence) and is currently on the editorial panel of damau.org. Born in 1956 in Danang, Vietnam. Arrived in Australia in 1974 under the Colombo Plan scholarship. Worked as broadcaster for Radio Australia and an Information Technology business system analyst in Telstra and IBM.

    Imprint: VAGABOND PRESS
    RRP: $25.00

    Price: $25.00
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