Anthony Lynch

Anthony Lynch writes fiction, poetry and reviews. His work has appeared in The Age, The Best Australian Poems, The Best Australian Stories, Island and Southerly, and been read on ABC Radio National. He is a frequent reviewer for Australian Book Review and The Australian. His short story collection Redfin (Arcadia) was shortlisted for the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards, and his poetry collection Night Train (Clouds of Magellan) was runner-up in the 2012 Wesley Michel Wright Poetry Prize. He works as an editor with Deakin University and is the publisher for Whitmore Press, specialising in poetry.

Review Short: Judy Johnson’s Stone Scar Air Water

Stone Scar Air WaterDriven by elemental themes and images, Stone Scar Air Water derives its title from this collection’s penultimate poem as well as from the four sections that, albeit in different order, comprise the book. For Judy Johnson, ‘scar’, or scarring, its lines drawn by history and inheritance, joins the ranks of stone, air and water.

The poet’s long-held interest in history is everywhere in evidence. As Martin Langford notes in his cover blurb, this entails, in part, a shift to poems that invoke the poet’s personal history – or at least, proffer an outwardly autobiographical, first person voice – alongside other, sometimes narrative, poems that draw on the historical archive. As with Johnson’s previous collection, Navigation, the wider world is often brought to bear on individual lives.

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