John Tranter

John Tranter has published over twenty collections of verse. His collection Urban Myths: 210 Poems won a number of major prizes. His latest book is Heart Starter (Puncher and Wattmann, Sydney, and BlazeVox, Buffalo, 2015). He is the founding editor of Jacket and of JPR.


Glow White and the Three Dwarfs Remaining — Sneezy, Sleazy and Greasy: we were just guys together, once, digging up diamonds, pals — then this whirlwind of womanhood descended on us out of the forest with her perfume, her mystery …

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NO THEME IV Editorial

Sometimes people become irritated when I am once again asked to compile another collection of poems. Why him? they ask. Why him again? Well, there’s a reason. I am good at it.

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Johns Forbes & Tranter: Reading and Discussion at Forbes Street Studios

John Tranter and John Forbes, Forbes Street Studios, 1980.

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Submission to Cordite 50: NO THEME IV Open!

John Tranter, Sydney, 2009, photo by Anders Hallengren. Poetry for Cordite 50: NO THEME IV is guest-edited by John Tranter Zounds! We’ve made it to issue 50 in the year that Cordite Poetry Review turns 18. Bust out the Passion …

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Et in California Ego

Last week, I knew it was time to leave the city. The way the sun glinted off window-panes, a warning arriving on my front lawn with the morning newspaper, and the shape of that funny cloud… and those kids breaking …

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Five Egyptian Pieces

Alexandria Think of the village baby. A scene of adventure – the dream of Europe. The eyes of marching armies fostered perplexity that marred all its books and intellectuals and opened their minds to the encyclopaedia of algebra and carmine …

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Coffee at the Palace of the Great Hoon

hoon |huːn| Austral./NZ informal; noun: a lout or hooligan, especially a young man who drives recklessly. the whole family was wiped out because some drunken hoon had to drive his car. ORIGIN 1930s: of unknown origin. His beard tangled around …

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John Tranter Reviews The Open Door: One Hundred Poems, One Hundred Years of Poetry Magazine

The blurb tells us that Poetry magazine was founded in Chicago by Harriet Monroe in 1912, and that is it ‘the oldest monthly devoted to verse in the English-speaking world. The magazine established its reputation early by publishing the first important poems of T.S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, Marianne Moore, Wallace Stevens, H.D., William Carlos Williams, Carl Sandburg and other now-classic authors.

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Laissez Faire

They were acting crazy around the card table. She was trying to teach the guys how to deal poker hands, the way it ought to be done — she was bluffing, they were too stoned, in this motel room like …

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Serial Numbers

And tell the truth – the tumult of various expendable business plans, and the evening blinked in like a landing jet, apparently graceful, in fact screaming nuts and bolts – shaking metal plus desire equals travel industry bond finance downturn …

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