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Judith Beveridge

Judith Beveridge is the author of six collections of poetry, most recently Devadatta’s Poems (Giramondo Publishing) which was short-listed for the NSW and Qld Premiers’ poetry prizes and the Prime Minister’s Poetry Award. Her next book, Sun Music: New and Selected Poems, will be published in 2018 by Giramondo Publishing.

http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/beveridge-judith

Feature Poem with Judith Beveridge: Laneway Tom

With a distant glance and nod to Alfred, Lord Noyes’s poem, ‘The Highwayman’, Paul Scully in ‘Laneway Tom’ creates a very modern tale, one that could be playing out in the lanes and backstreets of any contemporary city. The imagery …

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2014 Val Vallis Award Winner: ‘Not Fox Nor Axe’

Chloe Wilson’s poem ‘Not Fox Nor Axe’ has won the 2014 Val Vallis Award. Part-travelogue, part-mosaic of memento mori, ‘Not Fox Nor Axe’ provokes the reader with an extravaganza of multi-layered detail as it elides historical and actual Central American …

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Feature Poem with Judith Beveridge: Cocky Farming

Robert Frost once said about writing poetry, ‘You gotta get dramatic’. Caroline Ross’s poem, ‘Cocky Farming’ dramatically enacts the hardship, fight and struggle that can beset Australian farmers, the worst foes being harsh weather and unsympathetic banks. I enjoyed the …

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Feature Poem with Judith Beveridge: Calyptorhynchus funereus

I know bird poems have become almost a cliché in Australian poetry, but I have a great fondness for the topic and so I couldn’t resist Dimitra Harvey’s evocatively brocaded poem about yellow-tailed black cockatoos, Calyptorhynchus funereus. Astute observation is …

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Feature Poem with Judith Beveridge: Sunflowers

What strikes me in Andrew Stuckgold’s poem ‘Sunflowers’ are the graceful curves of the syntax, and the way he has masterfully employed sound. Reading the first sentence, which runs over three and a half lines, we hear that the ‘o’ …

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Feature Poem with Judith Beveridge: The H Word

There are many levels of identified pain in Omar Sakr’s poem: deprivation, despair, violence, oppression, shame, mortality, the brutal inevitability of loss and disenfranchisement, yet the poem’s interrogation of these issues is often playful and comic, tender and deftly alert …

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Feature Poem with Judith Beveridge: October

What strikes me as most compelling about Nadia Bailey’s poem ‘October’, is the way in which she portrays the horror of the October bushfires in the NSW Blue Mountains by telling it ‘slant’. The poem is redolent with suggestion and …

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Feature Poem with Judith Beveridge: Kalutara

For many poets, place is an enormous point of inspiration. These places may not necessarily be places where the poet physically resides or has resided in, but they may be the imaginative or spiritual places where the poet is most …

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Feature Poem with Judith Beveridge: Prawn Heads, Oil Rigs and Infidelity – Kuala Lumpur 1977

‘Prawn Shells Oil Rigs and Infidelity – Kuala Lumpur 1977’ is a highly dramatic poem full of tension and suspense. The poet builds these elements into the poem through the astute use of short, sharp phrases which also deliver their …

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Feature Poem with Judith Beveridge: a poem is not a meme

Miro Sandev’s poem ‘poetry is not a meme’ is an ironic take on poetry’s refusal to be subsumed by technological culture. In the octave of the sonnet, the poet uses web jargon and terminology in intelligent and witty ways, effectively …

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Woman in a Street Stall

She makes torn shapes above a pot; and I love to watch how the moon adds its cool, transparent edge to her lips. She tests for enough spice, enough distance, and I watch those sticks of cinnamon float among her …

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