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  • 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: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    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 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
  • WEAVE
    WEAVE
    MOORE THURSTON / KINSELLA JOHN
    ISBN: 9781760801359
    Title: WEAVE
    Author: MOORE THURSTON / KINSELLA JOHN
    Format: A FORMAT PAPERBACKS
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'The Weave is the second book collaboration between Thurston Moore and John Kinsella – 'dubbed a work in progress by the two poets, the book guides readers through a world in decay, crafting an invigo rating language of spontaneity and survival out of the destruction. Moore and Kinsella aren't just observing – they implicate us all in the harms of global capitalism and environmental disaster, charting a back and forth between the individual and the crowd.' — Rosie Long Decter

    'These poems start in Dolphy's key + end with a quarryman's dream. In between secrets are stored. See how many you can find.' — Clark Coolidge

    Imprint: MAGABALA
    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: ACTIVE TITLE

    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: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • 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: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    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 WA Publishing
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • WING
    WING
    FRANCIS MATTHEW
    ISBN: 9780571358618
    Title: WING
    Author: FRANCIS MATTHEW
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Matthew Francis's latest collection celebrates the richness of nature and of our responses to it. The pleasures of summer are emblazoned in the colourful wings and evocative names of butterflies, while a nocturnal encounter with an earwig becomes a joyous incantation to the 'witchy-beetle, forkin-robin' of dialect. His love of history, embodied in his acclaimed Mandeville and The Mabinogi, gives rise to a sequence based on Robert Hooke's microscopic observations. There are tributes to the poets Basho, Dafydd ap Gwilym and W. S. Graham, to fireworks, apple varieties, and hot toddies. And, in a moving elegy for a friend killed in a parachute accident, Francis shows us a vertiginous vision of a world where even the dead 'sleep on the wing'.

    Imprint: Faber and Faber
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • 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: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    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: Jonathan Cape Publishers
    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
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