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  • BORDER SECURITY
    BORDER SECURITY
    DAWE BRUCE
    ISBN: 9781742589138
    Title: BORDER SECURITY
    Author: DAWE BRUCE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    'With each change of poetic clothes, at each moment, [Dawe] displays us ironically, satirically, good-humouredly to ourselves, with a warmth and sadness for humanity's follies.' - Thea Astley, Three Australian Writers

    'Bruce Dawe is that rare phenomenon, a natural poet with a superlative feeling for language.' - Geoffrey Lehmann, The Bulletin

    '...in him we have an individual and passionately perceptive writer whose work has already assumed its proper territory and whose terms are directed from the heart as well as the mind.' - Judith Wright, Poetry No. 4

    Imprint: University of WA Publishing
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • BREAK YOUR GLASS SLIPPERS
    BREAK YOUR GLASS SLIPPERS
    LOVELACE AMANDA
    ISBN: 9781524851897
    Title: BREAK YOUR GLASS SLIPPERS
    Author: LOVELACE AMANDA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: April 2020 New Release

    amanda lovelace, the bestselling & award-winning author of the “women are some kind of magic” poetry series, presents a new companion series, “you are your own fairy tale” the first installment, break your glass slippers, is about overcoming those who don’t see your worth, even if that person is sometimes yourself. in the epic tale of your life, you are the most important character while everyone is but a forgotten footnote. even the prince.

    Imprint: Andrews McMeel Publishing
    RRP: $26.99

    Price: $26.99
  • BRIGHT DEAD THINGS
    BRIGHT DEAD THINGS
    LIMON ADA
    ISBN: 9781472154569
    Title: BRIGHT DEAD THINGS
    Author: LIMON ADA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'BRIGHT DEAD THINGS buoyed me in this dismal year. I'm thankful for this collection, for its wisdom and generosity, for its insistence on holding tight to beauty even as we face disintegration and destruction.' Celeste Ng, author of EVERYTHING I NEVER TOLD YOU

    A book of bravado and introspection, of feminist swagger and harrowing loss, Bright Dead Things considers how we build our identities out of place and human contact - tracing in intimate detail the ways the speaker's sense of self both shifts and perseveres as she moves from New York City to rural Kentucky, loses a dear parent, ages past the capriciousness of youth and falls in love.

    In these extraordinary poems Ada Limon's heart becomes a 'huge beating genius machine' striving to embrace and understand the fullness of the present moment. 'I am beautiful. I am full of love. I am dying,' the poet writes. Building on the legacies of forebears such as Frank O'Hara, Sharon Olds and Mark Doty, Limon's work is consistently generous, accessible, and 'effortlessly lyrical' (New York Times) - though every observed moment feels complexly thought, felt and lived.

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • BRUTE
    BRUTE
    SKAJA EMILY
    ISBN: 9781472155238
    Title: BRUTE
    Author: SKAJA EMILY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Selected by Joy Harjo as the winner of the Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets

    'Taut, ferocious . . . This is a book about survival, and a welcome, confident debut' New York Times Book Review

    Emily Skaja's debut collection is a fiery, hypnotic book that confronts the dark questions and menacing silences around gender, sexuality and violence. BRUTE arises, brave and furious, from the dissolution of a relationship, showing how such endings necessitate self-discovery and reinvention. The speaker of these poems is a sorceress, a bride, a warrior, a lover, both object and agent, ricocheting among ways of knowing and being known. Each incarnation squares itself up against ideas of feminine virtue and sin, strength and vulnerability, love and rage, as it closes in on a hard-won freedom.

    BRUTE is absolutely sure of its capacity to insist not only on the truth of what it says but on the truth of its right to say it. 'What am I supposed to say: I'm free?' the first poem asks. The rest of the poems emphatically discover new ways to answer. This is a timely winner of the Walt Whitman Award, and an introduction to an unforgettable voice.

    Imprint: CORSAIR
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • BURNING IN WATER DROWNING IN FLAME - SELECTED POEMS 1955-1973
    BURNING IN WATER DROWNING IN FLAME - SELECTED POEMS 1955-1973
    BUKOWSKI CHARLES
    ISBN: 9780876851913
    Title: BURNING IN WATER DROWNING IN FLAME - SELECTED POEMS 1955-1973
    Author: BUKOWSKI CHARLES
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Burning in Water, Drowning in Flame is poetry full of gambling, drinking and women. Charles Bukowski writes realistically about the seedy underbelly of life.

    Imprint: ECCO
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • CAPTAIN IS OUT TO LUNCH AND THE SAILORS HAVE TAKEN OVER THE SHIP
    CAPTAIN IS OUT TO LUNCH AND THE SAILORS HAVE TAKEN OVER THE SHIP
    BUKOWSKI CHARLES
    ISBN: 9781574230581
    Title: CAPTAIN IS OUT TO LUNCH AND THE SAILORS HAVE TAKEN OVER THE SHIP
    Author: BUKOWSKI CHARLES
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A book length collaboration between two underground legends, Charles Bukowski and Robert Crumb.

    Bukowski's last journals candidly and humorously reveal the events in the writer's life as death draws inexorably nearer, thereby illuminating our own lives and natures, and to give new meaning to what was once only familiar.

    Imprint: ECCO
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • CAPTAINS TOWER : SEVENTY POETS CELEBRATE BOB DYLAN AT SEVENTY
    CAPTAINS TOWER : SEVENTY POETS CELEBRATE BOB DYLAN AT SEVENTY
    BOWN PHIL ET AL
    ISBN: 9781854115607
    Title: CAPTAINS TOWER : SEVENTY POETS CELEBRATE BOB DYLAN AT SEVENTY
    Author: BOWN PHIL ET AL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Captain's Tower is a birthday present anthology of poems concerned with Dylan's life, his work, and his cultural impact. One of the most distinguished lyricists of the poets-war period, Dylan has entertained and inspired poets, writers generally and millions of ordinary fans with the imagery, wit and technique of his writing, be it in songs of love, protest, faith or pure Dylan-ness. In this book the poets answer back in a response to Dylan's creativity, capacity to inspire and his enormous influence on culture and writing.

    Here are poems by Allen Ginsberg, Lachlan Mackinnon, Glyn Maxwell, Matthew Sweeney, Jermey Reed, Linda Chase, Chris McCabe, Helen Kitson, Sophie Hannah, Wendy Cope, Linda France, Mark Ford, Andrew Motion, Owen Sheers, Paul Henry, Roger McGough, Roddy Lumsden, Peter Finch, Paul Batchelor, Paul Muldoon, Hugo Williams and Ian McMillan

    Imprint: WOODSLANE
    RRP: $32.95

    Price: $32.95
  • 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 THE WORLD
    CARRYING THE WORLD
    CLARKE MAXINE BENEBA
    ISBN: 9780733636400
    Title: CARRYING THE WORLD
    Author: CLARKE MAXINE BENEBA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    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
  • CASE NOTES
    CASE NOTES
    STAVANGER DAVID
    ISBN: 9781760801199
    Title: CASE NOTES
    Author: STAVANGER DAVID
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The highly anticipated follow up to the award-winning collection The Special, this electric new body of work by poet David Stavanger is a mix tape of free verse, lyric poetry, found text and flash fiction documenting lived mental health experience.


    Utilising his renowned observational humour and playing with the absurdist nature of institutional language, Stavanger interrogates the unreliable narration of diagnosis: in private, in public and in surrealist spaces where it becomes increasingly unclear who is under the microscope. In short character studies, informal experiments and longer sequenced poems this collection unpacks toxic masculinity and fatherhood, online and domestic tensions, the truth of confessional poetry, myths of 'madness' inherited by blood, and the canine as both avatar and familiar of the black dog.


    This is a poetic memoir for those who don't believe the hype.

    Imprint: University of WA Publishing
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • 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: ACTIVE TITLE

    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: $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
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