Simon West

Simon West is a widely published poet, translator and Italianist. His first collection of poetry First Names was short-listed for the NSW Premier’s Prize in 2007, won the William Baylebridge Memorial Prize, and was commended in the 2007 FAW Anne Elder Award. The Selected Poetry of Guido Cavalcanti: A Critical English Edition, was published by Troubador Publishing, UK in 2009. Simon completed his PhD at the University of Melbourne where it was awarded the Chancellor’s Prize in 2004. His most recent volume of poetry is The Yellow Gum’s Conversion, 2011.

These Living Walls of Jet: Visiting the Open Houses of Poetry

The purpose of poetry is to remind us how difficult it is to remain just one person, for our house is open, there are no keys in the doors, and invisible guests come in and out at will. from Czeslaw …

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Simon West is a poet and teacher in Italian Studies. He lives in Melbourne. His first collection, First Names, will be published by Puncher and Wattmann in September.

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