Angela Meyer reviews Alison Croggon and Lucy Holt

Ash by Alison Croggon Cusp Books, 2006 Stories of Bird by Lucy Holt Poets Union Inc., 2005 Of the two chapbooks under review, Lucy Holt's exquisitely crafted poetry in Stories of Bird pecks at single moments, both from an intimate …

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Gus Goswell reviews Barry Hill

Necessity: Poems 1996-2006 by Barry Hill papertiger media, 2007 The lines below, part of the long poem 'Canto 1: Ice', go some way towards representing the tension that exists within Barry Hill's fifth collection of poetry. Written over ten years, …

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Heather Taylor Johnson reviews Luis Gonzalez Serrano and Ali Alizadeh

Cities with Moveable Parts by Luis Gonzalez Serrano Poets Union Inc., 2005 Eyes in Times of War by Ali Alizadeh Salt Publishing, 2006 If Australian poetry is meant to reflect the lives and times of the people who inhabit this …

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Heather Taylor Johnson reviews The Best Australian Poems 2006

The Best Australian Poems 2006 edited by Dorothy Porter Black Inc., 2006 I've long been a fan of Dorothy Porter, the poet, and I can now say loudly and proudly that I am a fan of Dorothy Porter, the editor. …

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Heather Taylor Johnson reviews Ken Bolton

At the Flash & at the Baci by Ken Bolton Wakefield Press, 2006 The best way to read Ken Bolton's poetry is to sit down and read Ken Bolton's poetry. Trying to decipher or even appreciate his style can be …

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Ashley Brown reviews LeAnne Howe

Evidence of Red by LeAnne Howe Salt Publishing, 2005 Huksuba, or chaos occurs when Indians and Non-Indians bang their heads together in search of cross-cultural understanding. The sound is often a dull thud, and the lesson leaves us all with …

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Andrew Craig reviews Louise Waller and Kristin Hannaford

Swelter by Louise Waller and Kristin Hannaford Interactive Press, 2004 It was with anticipation and trepidation that I approached Swelter, an audio and text CD compilation of Louise Waller's Slipway and Kristin Hannaford's Inhale. At first I expected some type …

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Scott Thornton reviews Liam Ferney

Popular Mechanics by Liam Ferney Interactive Press, 2004 Liam Ferney's Popular Mechanics is a collection of poetry that transforms words into a quick moving train of images and syntax. The author changes tense and pace rapidly and this causes the …

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Magdalena Ball reviews Adrienne Eberhard

Jane, Lady Franklin by Adrienne Eberhard Black Pepper, 2004 Adrienne Eberhard's collection Jane, Lady Franklin can almost be described as a poetic novel. It contains a clear storyline, based partly on the real life voyage of Lady Jane Franklin, who …

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Steven Farry reviews Amy King

Antidotes for an Alibi by Amy King BlazeVOX books, 2004 Antidotes for an Alibi is at once intriguing and irritating. The surrealist poems are complex, evocative, and a danger to review: am I overlooking something? Is there an obvious reference …

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Magdalena Ball reviews Mike Ladd

Rooms and Sequences by Mike Ladd Salt Publishing, 2003 Mike Ladd's poetry works best when it traverses the line between prose and poetry, creating meaning in the face of irony. Simultaneously satiric and poignant, Rooms and Sequences takes the reader …

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Ashley Brown reviews Angela Costi

Prayers For The Wicked by Angela Costi Sunshine and Text Studio, 2005 To begin with, it should be noted that Angela Costi's Prayers For The Wicked – a CD of “spoken word, song, music and sound” – tells a tale …

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Ela Fornalska reviews Andy Jackson

aperture by Andy Jackson Self published, 2003 Andy Jackson writes with immense skill. His poetry seems effortless, yet it is haunting, requiring contemplation. That is not to say that it is inaccessible. On first reading of a Jackson poem you …

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Jess Star reviews Cate Kennedy

Joyflight by Cate Kennedy Interactive Press, 2004 Cate Kennedy's Joyflight is distilled memory. It is a manifestation of time, place and history, both intensely personal and instantly recognisable. Joyflight is a book divided. It begins with `that pure torn-open moment': …

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Michael Aiken reviews Louis Armand

malice in underland  by Louis Armand Textbase, 2003 The title of this book is an early manifestation of its endless intertextual referencing, as well as one example of the author's restrained penchant for relatively silly puns. It is also an …

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Ian MacNeill reviews John Kinsella

Peripheral Light: Selected and New Poems, Selected and Introduced by Harold Bloom by John Kinsella Fremantle Arts Centre Press, 2003 With his appearances on ABC TV's 'Critical Mass' program John Kinsella is becoming something of a public intellectual. His severe demeanour …

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Will Day: Richard Frankland’s Charcoal Club / My Deconstruction Fatigue

What came home to me during the Charcoal Club was that regardless of my tribe's on-going conscious or unconscious genocide, the generous indigenous spirit was coming to get me whether I liked it or not, was infiltrating me bit by bit because, like the indigenous Australians I too had been up-rooted, bleached and taken for a fool.

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Claire Stewart reviews Benito di Fonzo

What is particularly remarkable about this poem is Di Fonzo's successful recreation of the atmospheric scenery of the early nineties without descending into clich?�s and making the dialogue seem contrived and vacuous.

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Claire Stewart reviews Paul Mitchell

I remember once hearing that the late Sidney Nolan had said that it took him a few years to paint like an adult but that it had taken him several years to paint like a child. Mitchell also shares that ability to place himself in another perspective, particularly that of a child, so accurately and compassionately.

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Michael Brown reviews Paul Hardacre

Hardacre, it seems, is sharing the lessons of the ?´school of junk'; that is, he is using drug poetry in the same way Dransfield did to illuminate a kind of bruised humanity.

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Diana Young reviews Sean M. Whelan

Whelan dances back and forth in multiple perspectives, switching fluidly from experiencing to observing, from self to other, from ordinary to absurd, magically traversing all barriers in between. Invoking fantasy and manipulating the artifice of persona allows Whelan to populate an expanding universe with charming (and not so charming) caricatures that both impersonate and ridicule a variety of social situations and scenarios.

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Maria Christoforatos reviews Jill Jones

The striking consistency in these poems is the subtle authority of the narrator. Reading and re-reading these poems, I increasingly gained a sense of the speaker and beheld a measured, composed voice, an unwavering character amid turmoil and modern refractions. Although I personally do not subscribe to the theories of post modernism, I perceived that the speaker approaches the poeticised world in such a manner. For those who are so inclined, there will be plenty to ruminate upon and empathise with in this volume.

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John De Laine reviews John Tranter

The poet eases his reader into the collection. The first five titles unsettle, with their short snapshots of nobodies overwhelmed by the bigness and badness of the modern world. Tranter resists falling, however, into a pattern and quickly moves on to critique the weight of devoted political activism on personal wellbeing with ?´Memoirs of a Forty-Year-Old Revolutionary'. It laments loss of both cause and worth. It wounds, like a fourth term of John Howard. It scolds, in its treatment of the fading Marxist dream.

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Scott Thornton reviews John Jenkins

There is ultimately something gaudy about this collection &#151 and I quite like it. Even Jenkins' failures are only caused by his endless ambition and these are easily offset by the brilliance of his more focused works.

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