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  • WHERE ONLY THE SKY HAD HUNG BEFORE
    WHERE ONLY THE SKY HAD HUNG BEFORE
    FITCH TOBY
    ISBN: 9781925735321
    Title: WHERE ONLY THE SKY HAD HUNG BEFORE
    Author: FITCH TOBY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Where Only the Sky had Hung Before disassembles and reassembles language found in the textual wastelands of the internet and the literary canon. Across many spectrums, from slippery lists of factoids to indices of figurative language, from a pantoum of #staywoke tweets to deep cuts and collage treatments of The Waste Land, The Argonauts, and The Left Hand of Darkness, these poems mobilise tensions and continuities between form and fluidity, gender and genre, literature and spam, childhood and adulthood, the virtual and the real.

    Imprint: VAGABOND PRESS
    RRP: $25.00

    Price: $25.00
  • WHISTLED BIT OF BOP
    WHISTLED BIT OF BOP
    BOLTON KEN
    ISBN: 9780980511352
    Title: WHISTLED BIT OF BOP
    Author: BOLTON KEN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Ken Bolton’s A Whistled Bit of Bop begins and ends with poems that embrace the abstract through collage — working with pre-existing materials, the initial selection often arbitrary. ‘Double Trouble’ deals with time and timing, art, friendship; closing the collection, ‘Triumvirate’ works with similar elements but in a context that is political and historical. Bolton acknowledges parts of a particular pantheon (F.T. Prince, Tony Towle, Peter Schjeldahl, Ashbery, Berrigan, John Forbes) in the sequence ‘Late Night Reading’, which tips from satire to elegy and out again, while ‘Some Photos for Gabe’ takes the form of a letter, wondering at the recipient’s life in London and meditating on two images of domestic life in Australia. In a different register, ‘Australian Suburban Garden’ is spun out of the ‘everyday’ — art, time, Europe. Some poems are amusing tours de force, others are like spells. “The light changed? Must have.”

    Imprint: VAGABOND PRESS
    RRP: $25.00

    Price: $25.00
  • WHY I WAKE EARLY
    WHY I WAKE EARLY
    OLIVER MARY
    ISBN: 9780807068793
    Title: WHY I WAKE EARLY
    Author: OLIVER MARY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The forty-seven new works in this volume include poems on crickets, toads, trout lilies, black snakes, goldenrod, bears, greeting the morning, watching the deer, and, finally, lingering in happiness. Each poem is imbued with the extraordinary perceptions of a poet who considers the everyday in our lives and the natural world around us and finds a multitude of reasons to wake early.


    Imprint: BEACON PRESS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • WILD KIND OF TUNE
    WILD KIND OF TUNE
    LENORE MIRIEL
    ISBN: 9781743053706
    Title: WILD KIND OF TUNE
    Author: LENORE MIRIEL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The title of this poetry narrative - 'A Wild Kind of Tune' - captures perfectly the imaginative journey into the poignant psycho-geography of Miriel Lenore's maternal great-grandmother, Caroline. In a wild tale arcing from 1845 to the present, in poetry underpinned by meticulous research, we inhabit settler society with all its attendant joys, hardship and grief as we careen with Caroline through her journey of love, loss and horror into madness. The use of the actual medical records from late nineteenth century Asylums for the Insane (Gladesville and Kenmore) is chilling in the extreme; the rendering of these facts into a narrative of sensitive family history a partial redemption, a heartfelt honouring, of Caroline's bitter life.

    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • WILDLIFE OF BERLIN
    WILDLIFE OF BERLIN
    NEILSEN PHILIP
    ISBN: 9781742589619
    Title: WILDLIFE OF BERLIN
    Author: NEILSEN PHILIP
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Praise for Wildlife of Berlin

    Neilsen’s intelligent, searching, and relentlessly contemporary poems in Wildlife of Berlin reveal a poet whose chief interest is transforming and challenging the way we see our human position in a world under ecological and ideological threat. At once philosophical and conversational, deadly serious and unerringly wry, these poems offer us forensically clear-eyed perspectives on subjects ranging from environmental degradation and the impending collapse of fragile ecosystems in the anthropocene, to unconventional and irreverent portraits of figures drawn from literature and politics and beyond. Neilsen’s poems are miraculously both deeply ethical and deeply comic; they surprise and delight with the irreverence of their critiques, while always keeping an eye on the tragic consequences of human folly. Above all, they ask us to sit still, to pay attention, to re-examine our basic precepts with equal measures of reason, wit, imagination and empathy. Wildlife of Berlin is a superbly crafted, incisive and urgent collection of new work from one of Australia’s most original poets, and deserving of the wide audience I am sure it will find. These are necessary poems for incendiary times.

    SARAH HOLLAND-BATT


    Imprint: UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN AUS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • WITCH DOESNT BURN IN THIS ONE
    WITCH DOESNT BURN IN THIS ONE
    LOVELACE AMANDA
    ISBN: 9781449489427
    Title: WITCH DOESNT BURN IN THIS ONE
    Author: LOVELACE AMANDA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Amanda Lovelace returns in the witch doesn't burn in this one — the bold second book in her "women are some kind of magic" series.

    The witch: supernaturally powerful, inscrutably independent, and now – indestructible. These moving, relatable poems encourage resilience and embolden women to take control of their own stories. Enemies try to judge, oppress, and marginalise her, but the witch doesn't burn in this one.

    Imprint: Andrews McMeel Publishing
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • WORDS FROM THE WALL
    WORDS FROM THE WALL
    THORPE ADAM
    ISBN: 9781787330993
    Title: WORDS FROM THE WALL
    Author: THORPE ADAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    These remarkable poems are despatches from the edges of experience: from the remote coast of northern Iceland where tree-trunks and dead whales lie beached, to the furthest outposts of the Roman empire in the title poem – ‘From the very limit of the world,/Flavius sends you greetings, my lord.’ The collection is concerned with borders and brinks – the liminal spaces where distinctions blur between outer and inner, known and unknown, between what is familiar and what is other. This is the terrain of the displaced and deracinated but also the shimmering space where all is volatile, mutable, in flux – and it is also, of course, the thin, transparent veil between waking and sleep, between life and death.

    Shadowed by mortality, lit by lyrical grace, Words from the Wall includes poems about the killing fields of Agincourt, Flanders, Vietnam and a memorial poem to the victims of the 2015 Bataclan attack where the dead are ‘stations of flame’, and it begins and ends at the boundaries of the Roman territory, at the edge of life: ‘The girls I laughed with once/in the baths’ atrium/are withered and wattle-necked./I love them still…’

    Imprint: RANDOM HOUSE
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • WORKS AND DAYS
    WORKS AND DAYS
    HESIOD
    ISBN: 9780141197524
    Title: WORKS AND DAYS
    Author: HESIOD
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A new verse translation of one of the foundational ancient Greek works by the award-winning poet Alicia Stallings.

    The ancient Greeks revered Hesiod, believing he had beaten Homer in a singing contest and that after his dead body was thrown to sea, it was brought back by dolphins. His Works and Days is one of the most important early works of Greek poetry. Ostensibly written by the poet to chide his lazy brother, it recounts the story of Pandora's box and humanity's decline since the Golden Age, and can be read as a celebration of rural life and a hymn to work.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • WORLD ENDING FIRE : The Essential Wendell Berry
    WORLD ENDING FIRE : The Essential Wendell Berry
    BERRY WENDELL
    ISBN: 9780141984131
    Title: WORLD ENDING FIRE : The Essential Wendell Berry
    Author: BERRY WENDELL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Life-changing writings by the visionary farmer, essayist and poet Wendell Berry.

    Wendell Berry is 'something of an anachronism'. He began his life as the old times and the last of the old-time people were dying out, and continues to this day in the old ways- a team of work horses and a pencil are his preferred working tools. The writings gathered in The World-Ending Fire are the unique product of a life spent farming the fields of rural Kentucky with mules and horses, and of the rich, intimate knowledge of the land cultivated by this work. These are essays written in defiance of the false call to progress, and in defence of the local landscapes that provide our cultural heritage, our history, our home.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • WORLDS WIFE
    WORLDS WIFE
    DUFFY CAROL ANN
    ISBN: 9781509852666
    Title: WORLDS WIFE
    Author: DUFFY CAROL ANN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    This unique collection of poems from the Poet Laureate, filled with her characteristic wit, is a feminist classic and a modern take on age-old mythology.

    Who? Him. The Husband. Hero. Hunk.
    The Boy Next Door. The Paramour. The Je t'adore.


    Behind every famous man is a great woman - and from the quick-tongued Mrs Darwin to the lascivious Frau Freud, from the adoring Queen Kong to the long-suffering wife of the Devil himself, each one steps from her counterpart's shadow to tell her side of the story in this irresistible collection.

    Original, subversive, full of imagination and quicksilver wit, The World's Wife is Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy at her beguiling best.

    Imprint: PICADOR
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • YEAR OF READING ALOUD : 52 Poems to Learn and Love
    YEAR OF READING ALOUD : 52 Poems to Learn and Love
    RODGERS GEORGINA
    ISBN: 9781473670891
    Title: YEAR OF READING ALOUD : 52 Poems to Learn and Love
    Author: RODGERS GEORGINA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Enjoy the magic of reading aloud and switch off from the distractions of life through the contemplation of poetry.

    Reciting poetry is a tradition as old as time. Ancient Greeks used it for awakening the mind and shaping character. Memorising poetry exercises the brain and gives it strength to learn and remember other information. It is also innately mindful as it calls us back to focus on where we are right now. It makes us pay attention and helps us inhabit the moment. This is a gift book that celebrates the power of spoken word. With 52 short poems, week by week, you will be taken on a very special journey. Each poem will be accompanied by an explanation of its key messages along with some insight about the poet. You will then have the opportunity to learn it. Drawing both on familiar favourites and new voices, this is a book to capture your creative imagination through verse. In addition to that, it honours our rich oral tradition and inspires the gift of reading aloud.

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $32.99
    Price: $32.99
  • YOU GET SO ALONE AT TIMES THAT IT JUST MAKES SENSE
    YOU GET SO ALONE AT TIMES THAT IT JUST MAKES SENSE
    BUKOWSKI CHARLES
    ISBN: 9780876856833
    Title: YOU GET SO ALONE AT TIMES THAT IT JUST MAKES SENSE
    Author: BUKOWSKI CHARLES
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Charles Bukowski examines cats and his childhood in You Get So Alone at Times, a book of poetry that reveals his tender side. He delves into his youth to analyze its repercussions.

    Imprint: ECCO
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • ZANZIBAR LIGHT
    ZANZIBAR LIGHT
    MEAD PHILIP
    ISBN: 9781922181701
    Title: ZANZIBAR LIGHT
    Author: MEAD PHILIP
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    These poems play with the endlessly malleable form of the sonnet, across a spectrum of tone and register, from traditional to terminals. They are in the innovative traditions of contemporary poetry that are willing to explore and remediate any of the conventions of the poetic archive. In the longer form poems shifting states of consciousness are tagged to scraps of language and mysteriously resonant scenes of contemporary life. The emphasis is always on the ephemeral, the intersections of dreamscapes with the barely noticeable strata of everyday life. The sentences are always close to ordinary, but unafraid to follow the runs of association and blockage generated by language itself.

    ‘This is a book of cross-talking voices coming from the same source. Meditative poems about landscape necessarily collide and upend the tangents of modernity, the ironies of the “civilized.” The sonnets in the book work individually and collectively, and there's an underlying journey in search of equanimity and knowledge but constantly being confronted and re-routed by the insensitivities, opportunisms and commercial bru

    Imprint: VAGABOND PRESS
    RRP: $25.00

    Price: $25.00
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