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  • ANTHOLOGY OF AUSTRALIAN PROSE POETRY
    ANTHOLOGY OF AUSTRALIAN PROSE POETRY
    ATHERTON CASSANDRA / HETHERINGTON PAUL
    ISBN: 9780522874747
    Title: ANTHOLOGY OF AUSTRALIAN PROSE POETRY
    Author: ATHERTON CASSANDRA / HETHERINGTON PAUL
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Prose poetry is a resurgent literary form in the English-speaking world and has been rapidly gaining popularity in Australia. Cassandra Atherton and Paul Hetherington have gathered a broad and representative selection of the best Australian prose poems written over the last fifty years.



    The Anthology of Australian Prose Poetryincludes numerous distinguished prose poets—Jordie Albiston, joanne burns, Gary Catalano, Anna Couani, Alex Skovron, Samuel Wagan Watson, Ania Walwicz and many moremdash;and documents prose poetry's growing appeal over recent decades, from the poetic margins to the mainstream.


    This collection reframes our understanding not only of this dynamic poetic form, but of Australian poetry as a whole.

    Imprint: Melbourne University Press
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • ANTIEMETIC FOR HOMESICKNESS
    ANTIEMETIC FOR HOMESICKNESS
    ANTE ROMALYN
    ISBN: 9781784743000
    Title: ANTIEMETIC FOR HOMESICKNESS
    Author: ANTE ROMALYN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Born on the fiesta of San Sebastian in her hometown of Lipa Batangas, Romalyn Ante left the Philippines at 16, when her mother - a nurse in the NHS - brought the family to the UK. The poems in her debut collection, Antiemetic for Homesickness, are a bridge between these two worlds- lush with the smells and tastes of home back in the Philippines, they piercingly explore notions of identity, homeland and heritage across cultures, languages and the place one calls home.

    Soaked in a rich landscape of memory, Philippine mythology, and folklore, and studded with Tagalog, her poems speak of the ache of assimilation and the complexities of belonging, but also the healing and restoration that can be found through her work as a nurse.

    From a talented young poet already garnering prizes and praise, this is a debut alive with vitality and possibility, a feast for the senses, and one that offers a dazzlingly unique perspective on identity in an ever-expanding world.

    Imprint: Chatto & Windus Publishers
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • APPALACHIAN FALL : Poems about Poverty in Power
    APPALACHIAN FALL : Poems about Poverty in Power
    MAIDEN JENNIFER
    ISBN: 9780995418172
    Title: APPALACHIAN FALL : Poems about Poverty in Power
    Author: MAIDEN JENNIFER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: CONSIGNMENT STOCK
    RRP: $21.00
    Price: $21.00
  • APPARENTLY
    APPARENTLY
    BURNS JOANNE
    ISBN: 9781925818093
    Title: APPARENTLY
    Author: BURNS JOANNE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The poems collected in apparently appear like visions, intensely experienced but barely real. Where does a poem come from?

    Over four sections this question is considered. The first section gathers poems spring-boarding from the clues and solutions to crossword puzzles; the second recounts unsettling dreams in the form of prose poems or microfictions; ‘dial’, the longest section, acknowledges the bewildering sense of daily time and the dizzying spectacle of social and worldly matters contained within.

    Finally, from a more restful or relaxed vantage, ‘the random couch’ presents a number of drifting poems, written while the poet was lounging on the sofa.

    Imprint: GIRAMONDO
    RRP: $24.00

    Price: $24.00
  • ARCHIVAL POETICS
    ARCHIVAL POETICS
    HARKIN NATALIE
    ISBN: 9781925735215
    Title: ARCHIVAL POETICS
    Author: HARKIN NATALIE
    Format: SLIP CASE
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Archival-Poetics is an embodied reckoning with the State’s colonial archive and those traumatic, contested and buried episodes of history that inevitably return to haunt; a way of knowing and being in the world that carries us lovingly back and forward and back again toward something else restorative/ transformed/ honouring/ just. Family records at the heart of this work highlight policy measures targeting Aboriginal girls for removal into indentured domestic labour, and trigger questions on surveillance, representation and agency. This is a shared story; a decolonising project through poetic refusal, resistance and memory-making. It is our memory in the blood, and it does not always flow easily.

    Dr Natalie Harkin is a Narungga woman and activist-poet from South Australia. She is a Research Fellow at Flinders University with an interest in decolonising state archives, currently engaging archival-poetic methods to research and document Aboriginal women’s domestic service and labour histories in SA. Her words have been installed and projected in exhibitions comprising text-object-video projection, including creative-arts research collaboration with the Unbound Collective. She has published widely, including with literary journals Overland, Westerly, Southerly, Wasafiri International Contemporary Writing, TEXT and Cordite. Her first poetry collection, Dirty Words, was published by Cordite Books in 2015.


    Imprint: VAGABOND PRESS
    RRP: $30.00

    Price: $30.00
  • ARELHEKENHE ANGKENTYE : Women's Talk: Poems of Lyapirtneme from Arrernte Women in Central Australia
    ARELHEKENHE ANGKENTYE : Women's Talk: Poems of Lyapirtneme from Arrernte Women in Central Australia
    ISBN: 9780648062936
    Title: ARELHEKENHE ANGKENTYE : Women's Talk: Poems of Lyapirtneme from Arrernte Women in Central Australia
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    There is healing in this poetry.

    These are our words.

    From our country.

    Our lands. Our spirits.

    For all the troubles we face every day, we are a passionate people.

    When we hear these poems, we know, we are lovers of life.


    This anthology of poems was written by twenty-one Arrernte women from the heart of the continent in Mparntwe Alice Springs around the theme of the NT Writers Festival 2019, Lyapirtneme.

    'Lyapirtneme is an Arrernte word that means growing back, returning. It's like if a bushfire went through the land, and all the trees burnt down, and the roots underground are still alive. When the rain comes you see little shoots growing out of the bottom of the tree, growing back again.' — Therese Perrurle Ryder, Arrernte Elder

    It is an important contribution to the growing national landscape of First Nations literature, particularly from remote Australia.

    Imprint: MAGABALA
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ARGOSY
    ARGOSY
    LI BELLA
    ISBN: 9781922181961
    Title: ARGOSY
    Author: LI BELLA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    WINNER of the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards 2018 (Poetry).

    Shortlisted for the NSW Premier's Literary Awards 2018 (Poetry).

    Commended in The Wesley Michel Wright Prize in Poetry.

    This innovative full-length collection, drawing inspiration from the surrealist collage novels of Max Ernst, is an arresting and utterly unique assemblage of poetry, collage and photography. In two parts, the book engages with themes of travel and exploration, language and loss, identity and originality, as well as the relationship between poetry and other disciplines: the visual arts, history, literature and film. Polyglot in sensibility and content, and daring in construction, Argosy defies categorisation. Grounded firmly in Australian contemporary poetic practice, the book is also outward-looking in its approach to form and content; it constitutes a landmark in both local and international poetics.

    ‘Li is a cartographer of a different kind. Her map-making is as aesthetic as it is topographic, plotting fragmented histories, horizons and the spectral lands of memory and dream.’ Tamryn Bennett, Mascara Literary Review

    Imprint: VAGABOND PRESS
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • ARIAS
    ARIAS
    OLDS SHARON
    ISBN: 9781787332157
    Title: ARIAS
    Author: OLDS SHARON
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    *SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2019 T. S. ELIOT PRIZE*

    Following her recent Odes, the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet gives us a new collection of poems that sing of a woman's intimate life and political conscience. The atom bomb, Breaking Bad, the cervix, Trayvon Martin, her mother's return from the dead- the peerless Sharon Olds once again takes up subject matter that is both difficult and ordinary, elusive and everywhere.

    Each aria is shaped by its unique melody and moral logic, as Olds stands centre stage to account for her own late romance and chance wisdom, and faces the tragic life of our nation and our planet. 'I cannot say I did not ask / to be born,' begins one aria, which considers how, with what actions, with what thirst, we each ask for a turn, and receive our portion on earth. Olds delivers these pieces with all the passion, anguish, and solo force that make a great performance, in the process enlarging the soul of her readers.

    'Olds is a supreme poet of the body; I'll be reading her till I die' Fiona Benson

    Imprint: Jonathan Cape Publishers
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ARIEL
    ARIEL
    PLATH SYLVIA
    ISBN: 9780571322725
    Title: ARIEL
    Author: PLATH SYLVIA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Ariel, first published in 1965, contains many of Sylvia Plath's best-known poems, written in an extraordinary burst of creativity just before her death in 1963. Including poems such as 'Lady Lazarus', 'Edge', 'Daddy' and 'Paralytic', it was the first of four collections to be published by Faber & Faber. Ariel is the volume on which Sylvia Plath's reputation as one of the most original, daring and gifted poets of the twentieth century rests...'Since she died my mother has been dissected, analysed, reinterpreted, reinvented, fictionalized, and in some cases completely fabricated. It comes down to this: her own words describe her best, her ever-changing moods defining the way she viewed her world and the manner in which she pinned down her subjects with a merciless eye.' - from Frieda Hughes's introduction to Ariel

    Imprint: Faber and Faber
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ARIEL
    ARIEL
    PLATH SYLVIA
    ISBN: 9780571351169
    Title: ARIEL
    Author: PLATH SYLVIA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The poems in Sylvia Plath's Ariel, including many of her best-known such as 'Lady Lazarus', 'Daddy', 'Edge' and 'Paralytic', were all written between the publication in 1960 of Plath's first book, The Colossus, and her death in 1963.

    'If the poems are despairing, vengeful and destructive, they are at the same time tender, open to things, and also unusually clever, sardonic, hardminded ... They are works of great artistic purity and, despite all the nihilism, great generosity ... the book is a major literary event.' - A. Alvarez in the Observer

    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
  • ARIEL : RESTORED EDITION
    ARIEL : RESTORED EDITION
    PLATH SYLVIA
    ISBN: 9780571236091
    Title: ARIEL : RESTORED EDITION
    Author: PLATH SYLVIA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Upon the publication of her posthumous volume of poetry, Ariel, in the mid-1960s, Sylvia Plath became a household name. Readers may be surprised to learn that the draft of Ariel left behind by Sylvia Plath when she died in 1963 is different from the volume of poetry eventually published to worldwide acclaim.This facsimile edition restores, for the first time, the selection and arrangement of the poems as Sylvia Plath left them at the point of her death. In addition to the facsimile pages of Sylvia Plath's manuscript, this edition also includes in facsimile the complete working drafts of the title poem 'Ariel' in order to offer a sense of Plath's creative process, as well as notes the author made for the BBC about some of the manuscript's poems.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ARMISTICE
    ARMISTICE
    DUFFY CAROL ANN
    ISBN: 9780571347087
    Title: ARMISTICE
    Author: DUFFY CAROL ANN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Armistice of 1918 brought ceasefire to the war on the Western Front, but 'the Great War' would not as hoped be 'the war to end all wars'. In this affecting selection, the Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, guides us deep into the act and root of 'armistice': its stoppage or 'stand' of arms, its search for truce and ceasefire. In 100 poems, our most cherished poets of the Great War speak alongside those from other conflicts and cultures, so that we hear some of the lesser-heard voices of war, including wives, families, those left behind. These poems of war and peace memorialise the horror and the tragedy of conflict. At the same time, in armistice, they become a record of renewal and a testimony to hope.

    Imprint: Faber and Faber
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • ART OF VOICE  : Poetic Principles and Practice
    ART OF VOICE : Poetic Principles and Practice
    HOAGLAND TONY
    ISBN: 9781324002680
    Title: ART OF VOICE : Poetic Principles and Practice
    Author: HOAGLAND TONY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    An award-winning poet, teacher, and “champion of poetry” (New York Times) demystifies the elusive element of voice.

    In this accessible and distilled craft guide, acclaimed poet Tony Hoagland approaches poetry through the frame of poetic voice, that mysterious connective element that binds the speaker and reader together. A poem strong in the dimension of voice is an animate thing of shifting balances, tones, and temperatures, by turns confiding, vulgar, bossy, or cunning?but above all, alive.

    The twelve short chapters of The Art of Voice explore ways to create a distinctive poetic voice, including vernacular, authoritative statement, material imagination, speech register, tone-shifting, and using secondary voices as an enriching source of texture in the poem. A comprehensive appendix contains thirty stimulating models and exercises that will help poets cultivate their craft. Mining his personal experience as a poet and analyzing a wide range of examples from Catullus to Marie Howe, Hoagland provides a lively introduction to contemporary poetry and an invaluable guide for any practicing writer.

    Imprint: NORTON
    RRP: $35.95

    Price: $35.95
  • ARTHUR RIMBAUD : Complete Works
    ARTHUR RIMBAUD : Complete Works
    RIMBAUD ARTHUR
    ISBN: 9780061561771
    Title: ARTHUR RIMBAUD : Complete Works
    Author: RIMBAUD ARTHUR
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The complete works of the notorious Arthur Rimbaud, one of the most influential and widely read poets of all time One of the world's most influential poets, Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891) is remembered as much for his volatile personality and tumultuous life as he is for his writings, almost all of which he produced before the age of twenty.

    Paul Schmidt's acclaimed collection brings together his complete poetry, prose, and letters, including "The Drunken Boat," "The Orphans' New Year," "After the Flood," and "A Season in Hell." Complete Works is divided into eight "seasons"-Childhood, the Open Road, War, the Tormented Heart, the Visionary, the Damned Soul, a Few Belated Cowardices, and the Man with the Wind at His Heels-that reflect the facets of Rimbaud's life.

    Imprint: Harper U.S.A
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ASK ME ABOUT THE FUTURE
    ASK ME ABOUT THE FUTURE
    JESSEN REBECCA
    ISBN: 9780702262791
    Title: ASK ME ABOUT THE FUTURE
    Author: JESSEN REBECCA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Full of zest and flair, Jessen's poems map constellations of desire, loss and longing. Riffing on the future (which isn't what it used to be), dating apps, despair, Bonnie Tyler, Taylor Swift and the lesbian bachelorette, they are set in interstellar queer utopias, maternity wards and single beds. Jessen's edgy, scintillating poems urge us all to be a 'little gay' and to celebrate existence inall its multiplicity.

    These are poems of sly surprises, radical vulnerability, dark-edged humour and vast originality that gently encourage readers to acknowledge past traumas while forging ahead to embrace the future. Following Jessen's award-winning verse novel, Gap,this collection confirms her as a major talent of her generation.


    Imprint: University of Queensland Press
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ASSURANCES  -  Costa Poetry Award Winner 2018
    ASSURANCES - Costa Poetry Award Winner 2018
    MORGAN J O
    ISBN: 9781787330856
    Title: ASSURANCES - Costa Poetry Award Winner 2018
    Author: MORGAN J O
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A compelling multi-layered narrative set in the early years of the Cold War from the award-winning Scottish poet.

    A war-poem both historic and frighteningly topical, Assurances begins in the 1950s during a period of vigilance and dread in the middle of the Cold War- the long stand-off between nuclear powers, where the only defence was the threat of mutually assured destruction.Using a mix of versed and unversed passages, Morgan places moments of calm reflection alongside the tensions inherent in guarding against such a permanent threat. A work of variations and possibilities, we hear the thoughts of those involved who are trying to understand and justify their roles. We examine the lives of civilians who are not aware of the impending danger, as well as those who are. We listen to the whirring minds of machines; to the voice of the bomb itself. We spy on enemy agents- always there, always somewhere close at hand.Assurances is an intimate, dramatic work for many voices- lyrical, anxious, fragmentary and terrifying; a poem about the nuclear stalemate, the deterrent that is still in place today- how it works and how it might fail, and what will vanish if it does.

    Imprint: Jonathan Cape Publishers
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
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