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  • CAPTAINS VERSES : LOVE POEMS
    CAPTAINS VERSES : LOVE POEMS
    NERUDA PABLO
    ISBN: 9780811218214
    Title: CAPTAINS VERSES : LOVE POEMS
    Author: NERUDA PABLO
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Pablo Neruda, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, finished writing The Captain's Verses in 1952 while in exile on the island of Capri-the paradisal setting for the blockbuster film Il Postino (The Postman). Surrounded by sea, sun, and Capri's natural splendors, Neruda addressed these poems to his lover Matilde Urrutia before they were married, but didn't publish them publicly until 1963. This complete, bilingual collection has become a classic for love-struck readers around the world-passionately sensuous, and exploding with all the erotic energy of a new love.

    Imprint: NORTON
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • CAPTIVE AND TEMPORAL
    CAPTIVE AND TEMPORAL
    HOANG NGUYEN TIEN
    ISBN: 9781922181411
    Title: CAPTIVE AND TEMPORAL
    Author: HOANG NGUYEN TIEN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Nguyen Tiên Hoàng is a Melbourne-based poet, translator and poetry editor. His poems appeared in the Saturday Age, HEAT, Cordite, Peril, Black Inc Publishing anthologies of Best Australian Poems, Poetry International website and Contemporary Asian-Australian Poets anthology [Puncher & Wattmann, 2013]. With Vagabond Press he has published Years, Elegy - a chapbook in the Rare Objects series and edited the fourth volume in the Asia Pacific Poetry series. Nguy?n Tiên Hoàng under the pen name Thu?ng Quán over thirty has published a wide range of essays, poems and short stories on major Vietnamese literary journals inside and outside Vietnam including Van, Van Hoc, Hop Luu, tienve, damau; a collection of poems Ngoai Giac Ngu (Beyond Sleeps) by Van Nghe Publishing, California; and Watermarks on talawas. He was poetry editor of Hop Luu (Confluence) and is currently on the editorial panel of damau.org. Born in 1956 in Danang, Vietnam. Arrived in Australia in 1974 under the Colombo Plan scholarship. Worked as broadcaster for Radio Australia and an Information Technology business system analyst in Telstra and IBM.

    Imprint: VAGABOND PRESS
    RRP: $25.00

    Price: $25.00
  • CARRYING
    CARRYING
    LIMON ADA
    ISBN: 9781472154552
    Title: CARRYING
    Author: LIMON ADA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award finalist Ada Limon comes THE CARRYING - her most powerful collection yet.

    Vulnerable, tender, acute, these are serious poems, brave poems, exploring with honesty the ambiguous moment between the rapture of youth and the grace of acceptance. A daughter tends to aging parents. A woman struggles with infertility - 'What if, instead of carrying / a child, I am supposed to carry grief?' - and a body seized by pain and vertigo as well as ecstasy. A nation convulses: 'Every song of this country / has an unsung third stanza, something brutal.' And still Limon shows us, as ever, the persistence of hunger, love, and joy, the dizzying fullness of our too-short lives. 'Fine then, / I'll take it,' she writes. 'I'll take it all.'

    THE CARRYING leads us deeper towards the hard-won truth of what it means to live in an imperfect world.

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • 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
  • CARTE BLANCHE
    CARTE BLANCHE
    SULLIVAN THOM
    ISBN: 9781925735031
    Title: CARTE BLANCHE
    Author: SULLIVAN THOM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Winner of the Noel Rowe Poetry Award 2017-8.

    Thom Sullivan’s debut collection of poems, Carte Blanche, traverses the exactitudes of place and time – from a distinctively Australian suburbia, to farming landscapes in South Australia’s Mount Lofty Ranges, to Australia’s renowned Great Ocean Road, and the interior terrains of consciousness and perception. The poems are memorable, succinct in their expression, precise in their effect, and notable for their innovative use of syntax and punctuation. Carte Blanche is a collection of poems that’s finely realised and keenly felt.

    'Sullivan presents a sharp collection of quietly spoken poems dealing with the complexities of human relationships in a vanishing world. The manuscript has considerable formal variety from spoken interior monologues and reflections to a series of imagistic notations. It also demonstrates a thoughtful and exciting use of punctuation and syntax.' (From the NRPA Judges' report)

    Thom Sullivan was born in 1982. He grew up on a farm in Wistow/Bugle Ranges in the Adelaide Hills in South Australia and studied Arts and Law at the University of Adelaide, and Social Science at Swinburne University, Melbourne. He had a short collection of poems, Airborne, published in New Poets 14 (Wakefield, 2009). Since then he has edited or co-edited seven published books of poetry. His poems have appeared in a range of books and journals, including The Best Australian Poems (Black Inc, 2014 & 2015), Australian Love Poems (Inkerman & Blunt), Cordite, Transnational Literature, Otoliths, Tincture, The Independent Weekly, Eureka Street and Australian Book Review (the 2016 South Australian 'States of Poetry' anthology). He lives in Adelaide, where he works in public policy.

    Imprint: VAGABOND PRESS
    RRP: $25.00

    Price: $25.00
  • 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
  • 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: $24.95

    Price: $24.95
  • 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: FOURTH ESTATE
    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
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