Anthony Lynch

Anthony Lynch lives most of the time on Gadabanud country in Cape Otway, Victoria, and writes fiction, poetry and reviews. His work has appeared in various journals and anthologies and been read on ABC Radio National. His books are a short story collection, Redfin, and a poetry collection, Night Train. A new short story collection is forthcoming.


Always having to look like a pop star is exhausting Here, people shake our hands in the street Vulnerable boys are drawn in But I hate my ageing body Why do I look at myself with disgust? How do you …

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Review Short: Judy Johnson’s Stone Scar Air Water

Driven 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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