Peter Rose



Review Short: Peter Rose’s The Subject of Feeling

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Days and Distance

So many years ago. Cruel to dislodge them like moss in a rockery. From the plane a vasty view. First, stretched dawn like a pink elaboration. Then, on descent, sinking and buffeted (you leaning over me, whispering, closer), something called …

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The Long and Short of It and That: Some Thoughts on Book Reviews

This post is in reply to John Dale’s recent piece in The Conversation, Here they are: the rules for book reviewing, and Peter Rose’s evisceration of it In defence of book reviewers in Australia, also in The Conversation. Dale airs …

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The Victoria Markets

Storm over the old mart, closed these two hours. Slick on bitumen reflects eruptive cloud. After editorial days I go out for late beer, admire the frenzied workers. It is like a military operation, our vegetable Dunkirk. Having come from …

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Marathon

Hard to believe perhaps, but Catullus is not without magnanimity – whatever people say. Nervy Quintius sits up all night drafting an exquisite apology, one demanding new feats of masochism. Otherwise, Quintius is convinced, Catullus will trash his latest eclogues …

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David McCooey Reviews Peter Rose and Ken Bolton

Selected Poems
Roseland and Boltonia

Crimson Crop by Peter Rose
UWA Publishing, 2012

Selected Poems 1975-2010 by Ken Bolton
Shearsman, 2012


The opening poem of Peter Rose’s Crimson Crop – which recently won a Queensland Literary Award – brings together illness, noise, and madness in a powerful vision of human frailty. In that poem, ‘Prelude’, the poet relates seeing a man at the Rome Railway Station banging his head on vending machines, while his countrymen ‘rushed to their trains, / fearful, cashmered, blinkered, / avoiding this glimpse / of what their brother had become’.

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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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