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Ryan Scott Reviews New European Poets

New European Poets edited by Kevin Prufer and Wayne Miller

Graywolf Press, 2008

The editors of New European Poets have made their intentions quite clear. They aim to reinvigorate the transatlantic conversation between American and European poets. Such an ambitious task is not without compromise. In order to achieve their aim, the editors have had to set some constraints, some they admit are arbitrary. The final anthology then is one that sparkles with the brilliance of many poems, but which can only hint at the broader context from which they emerged.

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Alice Allan reviews Ten Years of Things That Didn’t Kill Us

Ten Years of Things That Didn't Kill Us edited by Daniel Watson et al Paroxysm Press, 2008 When Paroxysm Press sent out their call for submissions in March last year for an anthology titled Ten Years of Things That Didn't …

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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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Ryan Scott reviews The Best Australian Poems 2008

The Best Australian Poems 2008 edited by Peter Rose Black Inc., 2008 When an anthology purports to represent the best poetry of a time or region, it's fair to assume someone will question the validity of its publication. 'On what …

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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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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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jeltje reviews The Moosehead Anthology X

Future Welcome: The Moosehead Anthology X edited by Todd Swift DC Books, 2005 For the 2005 (and tenth) issue of the Canadian Moosehead Anthology guest editor Todd Swift has added an X ('the X-Files aspect') to the publication's title. Although …

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DJ Huppatz reviews New Singapore Poetry

��5{��������rport's arrivals hall, and you're greeted by the sound of birds, which is quite disconcerting when you arrive at 2am. This simulated birdsong is symptomatic of the city-state's attitude to nature. For Singapore, it seems, nature is dangerous and unpredictable, better replaced with more predictable, more aesthetically pleasing technologies. Former Prime Minister Lee Kwan Yew once famously asserted that the greatest invention of the 20th century was the air conditioner. Thus it is more than just an urban condition that is constructed in Singapore, it is an aesthetic condition that incorporates all aspects of life.

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