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Angela Costi reviews Poetry Without Borders

Poetry Without Borders edited by Michelle Cahill Picaro Press, 2008 There is a deep sigh of relief when we come across Poetry Without Borders, an anthology willing to cross unknown terrain to bring us the voices of poets rarely heard. …

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Jill Bamforth reviews John Jenkins

Growing Up with Mr Menzies by John Jenkins John Leonard Press, 2008 John Jenkins' narrative verse, Growing Up with Mr Menzies, begins with an imagined visit by the Prime Minister, Sir Robert Menzies, to the Elwood home of the infant …

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Heather Taylor Johnson reviews Ouyang Yu

Reality Dreams by Ouyang Yu Picaro Press, 2008 The Kingsbury Tales by Ouyang Yu Brandl & Schlesinger, 2008 While we awaited the arrival of Ouyang Yu's The Kingsbury Tales, a small treat came in the form of Reality Dreams. It …

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Bridie McCarthy reviews Yvette Holt, Javant Biarujia and Martin Harrison

Anonymous Premonition by Yvette Holt University of Queensland Press, 2008 pointcounterpoint: New and Selected Poems by Javant Biarujia Salt Publishing, 2007 Wild Bees: New and Selected Poems by Martin Harrison University of Western Australia Press, 2008 To read these three …

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Lisa Bower reviews Kerry Scuffins

Litmus by Kerry Scuffins Five Islands Press, 2006 Litmus measures the world's volatile climate and shows the reader the cracks beneath the surface of society. The tongue-in-cheek title of this poetry collection acknowledges the binaries of society and then smashes …

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Peter Mitchell reviews Connie Barber

Between Headlands by Connie Barber Five Islands Press, 2006 According to AUSTLIT: The Australian Literature Resource, Connie Barber's fourth collection of poetry, Between Headlands, has only been reviewed on one occasion by any print or on-line journal in this country …

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Heather Taylor Johnson reviews Mike Ladd

Transit by Mike Ladd Five Islands Press, 2007 I find it a rare and lovely treat when a poet can become androgynous, or cross over discretely from a masculine voice to one that is feminine. While some of my favourite …

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Briohny Doyle reviews Five Islands New Poets 12

Five Islands Press New Poets Series 12 by Ella Holcombe, Angela Costi, Sarah French, Craig Billingham, Nandi Chinna and Adrian Robinson Five Islands Press, 2007 There are about 75 poets in Australia today whose first collection was published as part …

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Heather Taylor Johnson reviews Jordie Albiston

Vertigo: a cantata by Jordie Albiston John Leonard Press, 2007 One might think a collection devoted entirely to a break-up could become tedious or lamentably repetitive, but Jordie Albiston ensures that each poem in Vertigo: a cantata has a unique …

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Moses Iten reviews Paul Hardacre, Terry Jaensch and Cyril Wong

Love in the place of rats by Paul Hardacre transit lounge, 2007 Excess Baggage and Claim by Terry Jaensch and Cyril Wong transit lounge, 2007 Although Love in the place of rats and Excess Baggage and Claim – both published …

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Nicholas Manning reviews Eileen Tabios

The Light Sang As It Left Your Eyes by Eileen Tabios Marsh Hawk Press, 2007 In this new century, the writing and rewritings of the poetic self seem to be at the crux of a burgeoning genre; a genre in …

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Heather Taylor Johnson reviews The Best Australian Poetry 2007

The Best Australian Poetry 2007 edited by John Tranter University of Queensland Press, 2007 Anthologies which wrap up the year's 'best' are always greatly anticipated. We want to be reacquainted with our favourite poets, see what sort of spin they've …

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