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  • CARRYING THE WORLD
    CARRYING THE WORLD
    CLARKE MAXINE BENEBA
    ISBN: 9780733636400
    Title: CARRYING THE WORLD
    Author: CLARKE MAXINE BENEBA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A haunting visit to the International Museum of Slavery, in Liverpool England. A feisty young black girl pushing back against authority. The joy and despair of single parenthood. A love-hate relationship with words.

    This collection brings the best of a decade-long international poetry career to the page.

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $26.99

    Price: $26.99
  • CASUAL PENANCE
    CASUAL PENANCE
    FOULCHER JOHN
    ISBN: 9781922080721
    Title: CASUAL PENANCE
    Author: FOULCHER JOHN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    John Foulcher’s 10th poetry collection A Casual Penance was launched at the Newcastle Writer’s Festival by Melinda Smith on Saturday 8th April 2017.

    As Smith explains, the book is divided into three sections:

    ‘First, an astonishing sequence of poems on Toulouse-Lautrec, ‘Crachis’ (named for the spattering technique used by the painter to create mists of colour on his lithographs).
    A central section containing a variety of lyrics, meditations, elegies, a love poem and a nightmare.
    The final section, a sequence of prose poems ‘The Greater Silence’ , which could be characterised as a spiritual autobiography – a re-telling, a re-appraisal of some formative spiritual moments, from 1958 to the present day.’


    Imprint: PITT STREET POETRY
    RRP: $28.00

    Price: $28.00
  • CAT POEMS : By the Worlds Greatest Poets
    CAT POEMS : By the Worlds Greatest Poets
    ISBN: 9781788161732
    Title: CAT POEMS : By the Worlds Greatest Poets
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    You Know How a Cat

    Will Bring a mouse it has
    caught and lay it at your

    feet so each morning I
    bring you a poem that

    I've written when I woke
    up in the night as my tribute

    to your beauty &
    a promise of my love.

    - James Laughlin

    Across the ages, cats have provided their adopted humans with companionship, affection, mystery, and innumerable metaphors.
    Cats raise a mirror up to their beholders; cats endlessly captivate and hypnotise, frustrate and delight. To poets, in particular, these enigmatic creatures are the most delightful and beguiling of muses, as they purr, prowl, hunt, play, meow, and nap, often oblivious to their so-called masters. Cat Poems offers a litter of odes to our beloved felines by some of the greatest poets of all time.

    Imprint: SERPENTS TAIL
    RRP: $16.99

    Price: $16.99
  • CHANGE OF WORLD : POEMS
    CHANGE OF WORLD : POEMS
    RICH ADRIENNE
    ISBN: 9780393352573
    Title: CHANGE OF WORLD : POEMS
    Author: RICH ADRIENNE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This reissue of Adrienne Rich’s first poetry collection reaffirms the author’s place as one of our most important American poets.


    A Change of World was selected by W. H. Auden for the Yale Series of Younger Poets Award. Out of print for decades, this initial collection launched the career of a poet whose work has been crucial to discussions of gender, race, and class, pushing formal boundaries and consistently examining both self and society.

    Imprint: NORTON
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • CHARLIE TWIRL
    CHARLIE TWIRL
    GOULD ALAN
    ISBN: 9781742589268
    Title: CHARLIE TWIRL
    Author: GOULD ALAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From the intrigue of his earlier poetry in fatalism and the mysteries of character, Alan Gould’s interest has moved to music. In many of the poems in this book, the folk songs or the homages to Vaughan Williams, his enquiry is one of synaesthesia: What is it we see when we hear? In meditating this the poet prefers the crisp, accessible, narrative voice to the philosophical. Here are ballads and celebrations, homages to past authors who have been his spiritual companions – Graves, Yeats, Shakespeare, and tributes to the Finnish resistance to Soviet aggression in 1939. There are some ‘equivalents’ to popular folk songs, and the volume’s title poem, a commemoration of the extraordinary George Street dancer of VJ Day 1945.

    Imprint: UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN AUS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • CLICK HERE FOR WHAT WE DO
    CLICK HERE FOR WHAT WE DO
    BROWN PAM
    ISBN: 9781922181343
    Title: CLICK HERE FOR WHAT WE DO
    Author: BROWN PAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Click here for what we do is a cluster of four loosely connected poems that are not only sceptical of the status quo's serial mendacities and hype but, in a way, they also attempt a coming to terms with the erosion of the idealistic conditions that once made non-mainstream culture, including poetry, so viable and, even, necessary. For Pam Brown writing poetry is a habit, a disorganised ritual. Her poetic inventories begin in everyday bricolage. Real things interrupt the poems the same way thoughts and phrases do. She dismantles monumental intent and then, by mixing (rather than layering), splices the remains into a melange of imagery and thoughtful lyric. Hers is a friendly intelligence that clues in connections to the 'social' as the poems make political and personal associative links. Spurning any lofty design these poems debug the absurdities of contemporary materialism with surreptitious humour. Though disquiet is present it's usually temporary. Here, thinking about the future can be 'trickgensteinian' and yet Pam Brown's poems offer a circumspect optimism.


    Imprint: VAGABOND PRESS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • CLOTHES PROP MAN
    CLOTHES PROP MAN
    JOHNSON MARTIN
    ISBN: 9781862545724
    Title: CLOTHES PROP MAN
    Author: JOHNSON MARTIN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $16.95
    Price: $16.95
  • COLLECTED LATER POEMS 1988 - 2000
    COLLECTED LATER POEMS 1988 - 2000
    THOMAS R S
    ISBN: 9781852246488
    Title: COLLECTED LATER POEMS 1988 - 2000
    Author: THOMAS R S
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    R.S. Thomas (1913-2000) is one of the major poets of our time, as well as one of the finest religious poets in the English language and Wales's greatest poet. This substantial gathering of his late poems shows us the final flowering of a truly great poet still writing at the height of his powers right through his 70s and 80s. It begins with his autobiographical sequence The Echoes Return Slow, which has been unavailable for many years, and goes up to Residues, written immediately before his death at the age of 87. These powerful poems - about time and history, the self, love, the machine, the Cross and prayer - cover all of his major areas of questioning. This is R.S. Thomas in a winter light, his fury concentrated on the inhumanity of man and modern technology, his gaze absorbed by the God he felt in Nature, but finding nourishment in 'waste places'. At the same time he writes with resigned feeling and immense insight, as well as grim humour and playful irony, of isolation, ageing, marriage and 'love's shining greenhouses'. For Thomas, 'Poetry is that / which arrives at the intellect /by way of the heart.'

    Imprint: BLOODAXE BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • COLLECTED LONGER POEMS
    COLLECTED LONGER POEMS
    AUDEN W H
    ISBN: 9780571283491
    Title: COLLECTED LONGER POEMS
    Author: AUDEN W H
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    First published in 1968, this companion volume to the Collected Shorter Poems was compiled by W.H. Auden to bring together six of his longer poetic works, originally published between 1930 and 1947. Auden was one of the modern masters of the extended poem, and these works are among his most enduring achievements, both for their technical virtuosity and for the emotional and intellectual precision with which they dissected the malaise and turmoil of their age. Collected Longer Poems includes Paid on Both Sides, Letter to Lord Byron, For the Time Being, The Sea and the Mirror, and The Age of Anxiety.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • COLLECTED POEMS
    COLLECTED POEMS
    WRIGHT JUDITH
    ISBN: 9781460752364
    Title: COLLECTED POEMS
    Author: WRIGHT JUDITH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This definitive collection represents the impressive poetic achievement of one of Australia's best loved and most highly respected poets.Judith Wright's Collected Poems comprises her work from 1942 to 1985 and is a fitting tribute to an outstanding poet. Demonstrating a deep love of the Australian landscape, coupled with an awareness of white history and an intense concern for Aboriginal rights, she increasingly focused on the need for wildlife preservation and conservation and was one of the first Australian environmentalists. The late Dorothy Porter referred to Judith Wright's poetry as being so lucid and so perceptive that it was 'shining with meaning'.



    Whether she is read for her rich evocation of the Australian land, for the truth, sensitivity and profundity of her meditations on the great themes of love, death and eternity, or for the beauty of her lyric style, Judith Wright is always supremely rewarding.

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • COLLECTED POEMS
    COLLECTED POEMS
    LOWELL ROBERT
    ISBN: 9780571335275
    Title: COLLECTED POEMS
    Author: LOWELL ROBERT
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: MAY 2017 NEW RELEASE

    Edmund Wilson wrote of Robert Lowell that he was the 'only recent American poet - if you don't count Eliot - who writes successfully in the language and cadence and rhyme of the resounding English tradition'. This book compiles a comprehensive selection of Lowell's poems, from the early triumph of Lord Weary's Castle onwards.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • COLLECTED POEMS
    COLLECTED POEMS
    MURRAY LES
    ISBN: 9781760640965
    Title: COLLECTED POEMS
    Author: MURRAY LES
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Les Murray's new and updated Collected Poems displays the full range of his poetic art. This magnificent hardback volume contains all the poems he wants to preserve, apart from the verse novel Fredy Neptune, from his first book The Ilex Tree (1965) to Waiting for the Past (2015). In tracing Murray's artistic development, it shows an ever-changing power, grace and humour, as well as great versatility and formal mastery.

    Imprint: BLACK INC
    RRP: $59.99

    Price: $59.99
  • COLLECTED POEMS
    COLLECTED POEMS
    AUSTER PAUL
    ISBN: 9780571349630
    Title: COLLECTED POEMS
    Author: AUSTER PAUL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The figure of the young American poet living in Paris is familiar from Paul Auster's celebrated novels; here that character is realised in Auster's own stunningly accomplished verse. His penetrating and charged poetry resembles little else in recent American literature. This collection of his poems, translations, and composition notes from early in his career furnish yet further evidence of his literary mastery.

    Taut, densely lyrical and everywhere informed by a powerful and subtle music, this selection begins with the compact verse fragments of Spokes (written when Auster was in his early twenties) and Unearth, continues on through the more ample meditations of Wall Writing, Disappearances, Effigies, Fragments From the Cold, Facing the Music, and White Spaces, then moves further back in time to include Auster's revealing translations of many of the French poets who influenced his own writing - including Paul Eluard, Andre Breton, Tristan Tzara, Philippe Soupault, Robert Desnos and Rene Char - as well as the provocative and previously unpublished 'Notes From A Composition Book' (1967). An introduction by Norman Finkelstein connects biographical elements to a consideration of the work, and takes in Auster's early literary and philosophical influences. For those interested in Paul Auster's novels - the now-classic New York Trilogy or The Brooklyn Follies - this book is an invaluable opportunity to witness his early development.

    Powerful, sometimes haunting, cool, precise and limpid, this view from the past to the present will appeal to those unfamiliar with this aspect of Auster's work, as well as those already acquainted with his poetry. Readers will agree that Auster's grasp on language and the world around him is not only questioning, but mysterious and very human, perceptive, and deeply compelling

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • COLLECTED POEMS
    COLLECTED POEMS
    DUFFY CAROL ANN
    ISBN: 9781447231752
    Title: COLLECTED POEMS
    Author: DUFFY CAROL ANN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Carol Ann Duffy has been a bold and original voice in British poetry since the publication of Standing Female Nude in 1985. Since then she has won every major poetry prize in the United Kingdom and sold over one million copies of her books around the world. She was appointed Poet Laureate in 2009.

    Her first Collected Poems includes all of the poems from her nine acclaimed volumes of adult poetry - from Standing Female Nude to Ritual Lighting (2014) - as well as her much-loved Christmas poems, which celebrate aspects of Christmas: from the charity of King Wenceslas to the famous truce between the Allies and the Germans in the trenches in 1914.

    Endlessly varied, wonderfully inventive, and emotionally powerful, the poems in this book showcase Duffy's full poetic range: there are poems written in celebration and in protest; public poems and deeply personal ones; poems that are funny, sexy, heartbroken, wise. Taken together they affirm her belief that 'poetry is the music of being human'.


    Collected Poems is both the perfect single-volume introduction for new readers and a glorious opportunity for old friends to celebrate thirty years' work by one of the country's greatest literary talents. It confirms indisputably that 'Carol Ann Duffy is the most humane and accessible poet of our time' (Rose Tremain, Guardian).

    Imprint: PICADOR
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • COLLECTED POEMS  /  WITH PARALLEL GREEK TEXT
    COLLECTED POEMS / WITH PARALLEL GREEK TEXT
    CAVAFY C P
    ISBN: 9780199555956
    Title: COLLECTED POEMS / WITH PARALLEL GREEK TEXT
    Author: CAVAFY C P
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'a Greek gentleman in a straw hat, standing absolutely motionless at a slight angle to the universe' E. M. Forster E. M. Forster's description of C. P. Cavafy (1863-1933) perfectly encapsulates the unique perspective Cavafy brought to bear on history and geography, sexuality and language in his poems. Cavafy writes about people on the periphery, whose religious, ethnic and cultural identities are blurred, and he was one of the pioneers in expressing a specifically homosexual sensibility. His poems present brief and vivid evocations of historical scenes and sensual moments, often infused with his distinctive sense of irony. They have established him as one of the most important poets of the twentieth century. This volume presents the most authentic Greek text of the 154 authorized poems ever published, together with a new English translation that conveys the accent and rhythm of Cavafy's individual tone of voice.

    Imprint: OXFORD
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • COLLECTED POEMS - GWEN HARWOOD - 1943-1995
    COLLECTED POEMS - GWEN HARWOOD - 1943-1995
    HARWOOD GWEN
    ISBN: 9780702233524
    Title: COLLECTED POEMS - GWEN HARWOOD - 1943-1995
    Author: HARWOOD GWEN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    This generous-sized collection contains all six published volumes, as well as most of Gwen Harwood's uncollected poems. It is the outcome of several years of collecting and research by editors who have specialised in Harwood's work. With an incisive Introduction and extensive notes providing background to particular poems or obscure references, their treatment allows several entry levels into the work of this provocative and multi-talented writer. Harwood's own biographical notes on the pseudonymous selves she adopted in her poems of the 1960s and 1970s add further value. Readers knew them as Walter Lehmann, the Tasmanian farmer and author of the Bulletin hoax acrostic sonnets of 1961; Francis Geyer, the young Hungarian refugee; Miriam Stone, the frustrated housewife; and Timothy Kline, the Vietnam protester.

    Imprint: UNI OF QUEENSLAND PRESS
    RRP: $34.95

    Price: $34.95
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