Lisa Gorton

Lisa Gorton lives in Melbourne. Her first poetry collection, Press Release, was shortlisted for the Melbourne Prize Best Writing Award and the Mary Gilmore Award, and won the Victorian Premier’s Prize for Poetry. Lisa completed a doctorate at Oxford University on John Donne’s poetry and prose, winning the John Donne Society Award for Best Publication in Donne Studies. She received the inaugural Vincent Buckley Poetry Prize. Her novel for children, Cloudland, was one of The Age Books of the Year in 2009. Gorton was the first Poet in Residence at the Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas in 2010.

NO THEME VII Editorial

Four years ago, writing an essay on David Malouf, I learned that Hawthorn Library held a copy of his first poetry collection, Bicycle and Other Poems (1970). I borrowed it, and, sadly, I returned it, too. Today, I rang the library to find the book.

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Submission to Cordite 86: NO THEME VII

No Theme VIThis project is supported by the City of Melbourne 2018 Annual Arts Grants Program.

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from Empirical

V Now I will walk again into this field of wreckage which is my starting place—On its stone heaps the tussock is dry stalks the colour of a scratch in glass and rattling fennel tendrils from the root—A single cloud …

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I A factory, the train line curving off to cross the motorway— between them this falling away of ground— two or three acres where for years the council trucks brought building rubble— mounds of shattered concrete, brick shards, bluestone and …

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The Inaugural Sydney City Poet: Lisa Gorton Interviews Kate Middleton

Kate Middleton is the author of Fire Season (Giramondo 2009), was awarded the Western Australian Premier’s Award for Poetry in 2009, and was shortlisted for The Age Book of the Year in Poetry. This year, she is the inaugural Sydney City Poet.

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