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  • VERTIGO : A CANTATA
    VERTIGO : A CANTATA
    ALBISTON JORDIE
    ISBN: 9780977578757
    Title: VERTIGO : A CANTATA
    Author: ALBISTON JORDIE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Jordie Albiston's poetry is known for its rhythmic power, buoying a sharp and often dark intelligence. Vertigo invokes her background in music, using elastically spaced bar-lines to punctuate its energetic cadences. And, modelled like a cantata, it lays out something of music's paradox - emotional intensity flashing from formal composure.

    Its poems tell the progress of grief for a lost love. This comes as intricately personal, yet the discernment hits as universal.

    Open-voiced arias are interleaved with recitatives that play into unexpected corners of emotion and imagining, with irony and ?lan. The individual story then disappears into a series of orphic choruses, spoken by a barely determinate 'we' - descants upon displacement as human experience, and the mystery of recovery.

    Each chorus is a vertiginous tale, made of shards of myth, allegory and idea. Among these, a key motif is powerfully engaged: the sea coast - as respite, meeting place and solvent.

    Imprint: JOHN LEONARD PRESS
    RRP: $23.99

    Price: $23.99
  • VICTIMS OF LIGHTNING
    VICTIMS OF LIGHTNING
    MANHIRE BILL
    ISBN: 9780864736222
    Title: VICTIMS OF LIGHTNING
    Author: MANHIRE BILL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Bill Manhire's first new book since Lifted shows him building on the themes and expanding the techniques of that prize-winning collection. Here are finely crafted lyrics, found poems, and even a bracket of songs. The Victims of Lightning is Bill Manhire at the height of his powers.

    Imprint: VICTORIA UNI PRESS [NZEAL
    RRP: $32.95

    Price: $32.95
  • VIVA THE REAL
    VIVA THE REAL
    JONES JILL
    ISBN: 9780702260100
    Title: VIVA THE REAL
    Author: JONES JILL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The poems in this distinctive new volume query the assumed and unquestioned, and are concerned with ethical questions of social justice. They balance wit and wisdom, quip and play and the lyrical and experimental. Viva the Real will be one of the most talked-about volumes of Australian poetry in 2018.

    Imprint: University of Queensland Press
    RRP: $24.95

    Price: $24.95
  • WAIT TILL IM DEAD : POEMS UNCOLLECTED
    WAIT TILL IM DEAD : POEMS UNCOLLECTED
    GINSBERG ALLEN
    ISBN: 9780141399027
    Title: WAIT TILL IM DEAD : POEMS UNCOLLECTED
    Author: GINSBERG ALLEN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Rainy night on Union Square, full moon. Want more poems? Wait till I'm dead.'

    Allen Ginsberg wrote incessantly for more than fifty years, often scribbling poems to friends and students or sending them to small publications, with many lost or forgotten. This new volume brings together over 100 previously uncollected poems, including several never published before.

    Spanning his entire career, from an early political satire in 1942 to his final thoughts on mortality in 1996, Wait Till I'm Dead forms an alternative autobiography of Ginsberg and is the major contribution to his life's work.



    Imprint: Penguin Modern Classics
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • WAITING FOR THE PAST
    WAITING FOR THE PAST
    MURRAY LES
    ISBN: 9781863957137
    Title: WAITING FOR THE PAST
    Author: MURRAY LES
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Les Murray's new volume of poems - his first in five years - continues his use of molten language. From 'The Black Beaches' to 'Radiant Pleats, Mulgoa', from 'High Speed Trap Space' to 'The Electric, 1960', this is verse that renews and transforms our sense of the world.

    'No poet has ever travelled like this, whether in reality or simply in mind ...... Seeing the shape or hearing the sound of one thing in another, he finds forms' - Clive James, The Monthly



    Imprint: BLACK INC
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • WAR POEMS OF WILFRED OWEN
    WAR POEMS OF WILFRED OWEN
    OWEN WILFRED
    ISBN: 9781784874407
    Title: WAR POEMS OF WILFRED OWEN
    Author: OWEN WILFRED
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'Orpheus, the pagan saint of poets, went through hell and came back singing. In twentieth-century mythology, the singer wears a steel helmet and makes his descent "down some profound dull tunnel" in the stinking mud of the Western Front. For most readers of English poetry, the face under that helmet is that of Wilfred Owen.' Professor Jon Stallworthy, from his Introduction.

    When Wilfred Owen was killed in the days before the Armistice in 1918, he left behind a shattering, truthful and indelible record of a soldier's experience of the First World War. His greatest war poetry has been collected, edited and introduced here by Professor Jon Stallworthy. This special edition is published to commemorate the end of the hellish war that Owen, though the hard-won truth and terrible beauty of his poetry, has taught us never to forget.

    Imprint: VINTAGE CLASSICS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • WASTE LAND
    WASTE LAND
    ELIOT T S
    ISBN: 9780571325740
    Title: WASTE LAND
    Author: ELIOT T S
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Published in 1922, The Waste Land was the most revolutionary poem of its time, offering a devastating vision of modern civilization between the two World Wars.

    Imprint: Faber and Faber
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • WASTE LAND
    WASTE LAND
    ELIOT T S
    ISBN: 9780571351138
    Title: WASTE LAND
    Author: ELIOT T S
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Published in 1922, The Waste Land was the most revolutionary poem of its time, offering a devastating vision of modern civilisation between the two World Wars.

    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
  • WASTE LAND AND OTHER POEMS
    WASTE LAND AND OTHER POEMS
    ELIOT T S
    ISBN: 9780571097128
    Title: WASTE LAND AND OTHER POEMS
    Author: ELIOT T S
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    April is the cruellest month, breeding Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing Memory and desire, stirring Dull roots with spring rain ...

    Published in 1922, The Waste Land was the most revolutionary poem of its time, offering a devastating vision of modern civilisation which has lost none of its power as we enter a new century.

    Imprint: Faber and Faber
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • WHAT DO WE KNOW : POEMS AND PROSE POEMS
    WHAT DO WE KNOW : POEMS AND PROSE POEMS
    OLIVER MARY
    ISBN: 9780306812064
    Title: WHAT DO WE KNOW : POEMS AND PROSE POEMS
    Author: OLIVER MARY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    "Mary Oliver's poetry is fine and deep; it reads like a blessing," wrote Stanley Kunitz many years ago; and recently, Rita Dove described her last volume, The Leaf and the Cloud, as "a brilliant meditation." For the many admirers of Mary Oliver's dazzling poetry and luminous vision, as well as for those who may be coming to her work for the first time, What Do We Know will be a revelation. These forty poems-of observing, of searching, of pausing, of astonishment, of giving thanks-embrace in every sense the natural world, its unrepeatable moments and its ceaseless cycles. Mary Oliver evokes unforgettable images-from one hundred white-sided dolphins on a summer day to bees that have memorized every stalk and leaf in a field-even as she reminds us, after Emerson, that "the invisible and imponderable is the sole fact.

    Imprint: DACAPO
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • WHAT MATTERS MOST IS HOW WELL YOU WALK THROUGH FIRE
    WHAT MATTERS MOST IS HOW WELL YOU WALK THROUGH FIRE
    BUKOWSKI CHARLES
    ISBN: 9781574231052
    Title: WHAT MATTERS MOST IS HOW WELL YOU WALK THROUGH FIRE
    Author: BUKOWSKI CHARLES
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    This second posthumous collection from Charles Bukowski takes readers deep into the raw, wild vein of writing that extends from the early 70s to the 1990s. This second posthumous collection from Charles Bukowski takes readers deep into the raw, wild vein of writing that extends from the early 70s to the 1990s.

    Imprint: ECCO
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • WHEN GOD IS A TRAVELLER
    WHEN GOD IS A TRAVELLER
    SUBRAMANIAM ARUNDHATHI
    ISBN: 9781780371160
    Title: WHEN GOD IS A TRAVELLER
    Author: SUBRAMANIAM ARUNDHATHI
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    These are poems of wonder and precarious elation, about learning to embrace the seemingly disparate landscapes of hermitage and court, the seemingly diverse addresses of mystery and clarity, disruption and stillness - all the roadblocks and rewards on the long dangerous route to recovering what it is to be alive and human. Wandering, digging, falling, coming to terms with unsettlement and uncertainty, finiteness and fallibility, exploring intersections between the sacred and the sensual, searching for ways to step in and out of stories, cycles and frames - these are some of the recurrent themes. These poems explore various ambivalences - around human intimacy with its bottlenecks and surprises, life in a Third World megapolis, myth, the politics of culture and gender, and the persistent trope of the existential journey (which intensifies in the new poems). Arundhathi Subramaniam's previous book from Bloodaxe, Where I Live: Selected Poems (2009), drew on her first two books published in India plus a whole new collection. When God is a Traveller is her fourth collection of poetry.

    Imprint: BLOODAXE BOOKS
    RRP: $29.99
    Price: $14.99
  • 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: $31.99

    Price: $31.99
  • 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
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