Libby Hart

Libby Hart Reviews Rosanna Licari

An Absence of Saints by Rosanna Licari University of Queensland Press, 2010 An Absence of Saints is one of those poetry collections you pick up and immediately sense all the effort and dedication that has gone into making it, the …

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Libby Hart Reviews Andrew Taylor

The Unhaunting by Andrew Taylor Salt Publishing, 2009 The Unhaunting is Andrew Taylor’s seventeenth book of poetry and comprises work written between 2003 and 2008. The collection is divided into five parts. The first, ‘The Importance of Waiting’, acts as …

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Libby Hart Reviews Catherine Bateson

Marriage for Beginners by Catherine Bateson John Leonard Press, 2009 Marriage for Beginners is Catherine Bateson's fifth collection of poetry. As the title suggests, marriage, or more precisely the breakdown of the poet's first marriage, is a key component of …

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Libby Hart Reviews Angela Gardner

Views of the Hudson: A New York Book of Psalms by Angela Gardner Shearsman Books, 2009 Angela Gardner's first collection of poetry, Parts of Speech, won the Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize for an unpublished manuscript in 2006 and …

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These curtains, how they fluttered like wings.

These curtains, how they fluttered like wings. The singer, however, was no ugly eagle or aeroplane egg, the camera zoomed in of its own accord It’s like a postcard holiday home. Not present. Misrepresented. Waving hello – or the silent …

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Libby Hart reviews Dorothy Porter

The Bee Hut by Dorothy Porter

Black Inc., 2009

The Bee Hut is Dorothy Porter's posthumous volume of poetry and her seventh collection to date, although her agent has indicated there are more books to come. Most poems assembled here were written in the last five years of her life and the final poem, ‘View from 417' was written only two weeks before her death from complications associated with breast cancer. In many ways The Bee Hut is a celebration of vitality and inquisitiveness. It brings us a lucid and intimate portrait of a life well lived.

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from ‘This Floating World’

These curtains, how they fluttered like wings.

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Libby Hart reviews Judith Beveridge

Storm and Honey by Judith Beveridge

Giramondo Publishing, 2009

Throughout Judith Beveridge's career we have seen her take an element from one volume of poetry and expand on it in her next book. Take for example her first collection, The Domesticity of Giraffes (1987) where she wrote of 'Hannibal on the Alps'. This theme was then redeveloped to become 'Hannibal Speaks to his Elephants' in Accidental Grace (1996). Again and again the subjects of these poems breathe new life into Beveridge's subsequent work, whether it be poems about India, birds and animals, Buddha or the water life of Sydney and beyond. With this as a guide, it is perhaps no coincidence that the three fishermen we were first introduced to in Wolf Notes (2003) reappear in Beveridge's new collection, Storm and Honey, in a series of thirty fictitious poems called 'Driftgrounds: Three Fishermen'.

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