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  • BEING ALIVE : THE SEQUEL TO STAYING ALIVE
    BEING ALIVE : THE SEQUEL TO STAYING ALIVE
    ASTLEY NEIL [ED]
    ISBN: 9781852246754
    Title: BEING ALIVE : THE SEQUEL TO STAYING ALIVE
    Author: ASTLEY NEIL [ED]
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'Being Alive' is the sequel to Neil Astley's 'Staying Alive', which became Britain's most popular poetry book because it gave readers hundreds of thoughtful and passionate poems about living in the modern world.

    Now he has assembled this equally lively companion anthology for all those readers who've wanted more poems that touch the heart, stir the mind and fire the spirit.
    'Being Alive' is about being human: about love and loss, fear and longing, hurt and wonder. 'Staying Alive' didn't just reach a broader readership, it introduced thousands of new readers to contemporary poetry, giving them an international gathering of poems of great personal force, poems with emotional power, intellectual edge and playful wit. It also brought many readers back to poetry, people who hadn't read poetry for years because it hadn't held their interest.
    'Being Alive' gives readers an even wider selection of vivid, brilliantly diverse contemporary poetry from around the world. A third companion anthology, 'Being Human' (2011), completes this modern poetry trilogy.

    Imprint: BLOODAXE BOOKS
    RRP: $35.99

    Price: $35.99
  • BEING HUMAN : THE COMPANION ANTHOLOGY TO STAYING ALIVE AND BEING ALIVE
    BEING HUMAN : THE COMPANION ANTHOLOGY TO STAYING ALIVE AND BEING ALIVE
    ASTLEY NEIL [ED]
    ISBN: 9781852248093
    Title: BEING HUMAN : THE COMPANION ANTHOLOGY TO STAYING ALIVE AND BEING ALIVE
    Author: ASTLEY NEIL [ED]
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    "Being Human" is the third book in the "Staying Alive" poetry trilogy. "Staying Alive" and its sequel "Being Alive" have introduced many thousands of new readers to contemporary poetry.

    "Being Human" is a companion volume to those two books - a world poetry anthology offering an even broader, international selection of 'real poems for unreal times'. The range of poetry here complements that of the first two anthologies: hundreds of thoughtful and passionate poems about living in the modern world; poems that touch the heart, stir the mind and fire the spirit; poems about being human, about love and loss, fear and longing, hurt and wonder.
    There are more great poems from the 20th century as well as many recent poems of rare imaginative power from the first decade of the 21st century. But this book is also rare in reflecting the concerns of readers from all walks of life. Such has been the appeal of "Staying Alive" and "Being Alive" that many people have written not only to express their appreciation of these books, but also to share poems which have been important in their own lives. "Being Human" draws on this highly unusual publisher's mailbag, including many talismanic personal survival poems suggested by our readers.

    Imprint: BLOODAXE BOOKS
    RRP: $35.99

    Price: $35.99
  • BEST 100 POEMS OF LES MURRAY
    BEST 100 POEMS OF LES MURRAY
    MURRAY LES
    ISBN: 9781760641870
    Title: BEST 100 POEMS OF LES MURRAY
    Author: MURRAY LES
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Including classics such as 'The Broad Bean Sermon', 'An Absolutely Ordinary Rainbow' and 'The Dream of Wearing Shorts Forever', this is guaranteed to delight Murray fans and introduce new readers to his work. This is a wonderful gift, and a treasure trove of the best poems ever written in Australia.

    Imprint: Black Inc.
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • BEST POEMS OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE : FROM CHAUCER THROUGH ROBERT FROST
    BEST POEMS OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE : FROM CHAUCER THROUGH ROBERT FROST
    BLOOM HAROLD
    ISBN: 9780060540425
    Title: BEST POEMS OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE : FROM CHAUCER THROUGH ROBERT FROST
    Author: BLOOM HAROLD
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The "colossus among critics" (New York Times Magazine) presents his personal selection, with commentary, of the finest poems in the English language. This comprehensive anthology attempts to give the common reader possession of six centuries of great British and American poetry. The book features a large introductory essay by Harold Bloom called The Art of Reading Poetry, which presents his critical reflections of more than half a century devoted to the reading, teaching, and writing about the literary achievement he loves most. In the case of all major poets in the language, this volume offers either the entire range of what is most valuable in their work, or vital selections that illuminate each figure's contribution. There are also headnotes by Harold Bloom to every poet in the volume as well as to the most important individual poems. Much more than any other anthology ever gathered, this book provides readers who desire the pleasures of a sublime art with very nearly everything they need in a single volume. It also is regarded as his final meditation upon all those who have formed his mind.

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • 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
  • BLESSED AS WE WERE : Late Selected and New Poems, 2000-2018
    BLESSED AS WE WERE : Late Selected and New Poems, 2000-2018
    STERN GERALD
    ISBN: 9781324002338
    Title: BLESSED AS WE WERE : Late Selected and New Poems, 2000-2018
    Author: STERN GERALD
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: March 2020 New Release

    For over four decades, Gerald Stern has been writing his own brand of expansive, deep-down American poetry. Now in his nineties, this “sometimes comic, sometimes tragic visionary” (Edward Hirsch) engages a lifetime of memories in his poems, blending philosophical, wide-ranging intellect with boisterous wit.

    Memory unites the poems in Blessed as We Were, which reach back through seven collections written over almost two decades. Stern explores casual miracles, relationships, and the natural world in Last Blue (2002); offers a satirical and redemptive vision in Everything Is Burning (2005) and Save the Last Dance (2008); meditates on the metamorphosis of aging in In Beauty Bright (2012); and captures the sensual joys of life—even when they are far in the past—in the wistful love poems and elegies of Galaxy Love (2017). The volume concludes with over two dozen new poems that combine the metaphysical with the domestic, from the passage of time and the cost of love to the profound banality of cardboard and its uses.

    With his characteristic exuberant, oracular voice animating every line, Stern reminds us why he is one of the great American poets, one who has long “been telling us that the best way to live is not so much for poetry, but through poetry” (New York Times Book Review).

    Imprint: NORTON
    RRP: $41.99

    Price: $41.99
  • 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: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    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
  • BONE INK
    BONE INK
    CRAIG RICO
    ISBN: 9781760801090
    Title: BONE INK
    Author: CRAIG RICO
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'These vivid poems meld wild energy with meticulous crafting. They trace the tactile, the remembered and the sensuous, tracking young lives as they unfold under a 'deadpan sky'. With their exquisite music, fresh and startling images, they are variously evocative, mournful and vibrant. They witness the gritty, the violent and the intense with unflinching focus, probing atonement and resolution as their histories rise and subside. This is an exceptionally assured and original debut' Felicity Plunkett

    'Urban, decadent, dystopian; in Rico Craig's Western Suburbs there are many countries, caliphates, Terracotta warriors and Arctic shelves. With 'the taste of a derelict future', his working class songs and spells have a political consciousness that is unafraid to be mythopoetic. Bone Ink is a fine debut from a poet to watch, whose work has already crossed national borders' Michelle Cahill



    Imprint: University of WA Publishing
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • 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: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • 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
  • BOOK OF MERCY
    BOOK OF MERCY
    COHEN LEONARD
    ISBN: 9781786896865
    Title: BOOK OF MERCY
    Author: COHEN LEONARD
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The poems in Book of Mercy brim with praise, despair, anger, doubt and trust. Speaking from the heart of the modern world, yet in tones that resonate with an older devotional tradition, these verses give voice to our deepest, most powerful intuitions.

    Internationally celebrated for his writing and his music, Leonard Cohen is revered as one of the greatest writers, performers, and most consistently daring artists of the last hundred years.

    Imprint: Canongate Books
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • BOOTS
    BOOTS
    RHOOK NADIA
    ISBN: 9781760801182
    Title: BOOTS
    Author: RHOOK NADIA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The past lives in every step.


    boots are here a symbol and a tool - a heel of feminine desire and a dirt-trodden shoe that cushions feet on paths to power and property, leaving trails of violence and pain. Memories jump and jar in these poems, loosening history from the grip of archives and footnotes to nourish the imagination, freeing me to speak back to my ancestors and the European men who co-created the edifices of 19th Century colonisation. boots looks in mirrors and across seas to dream big. At its restless heart, it draws history closer to my body.

    Imprint: University of WA Publishing
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
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