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Through deep darkness and flickering hope, joys of love and sorrows in loss, sacred encounters, shared humanity and the discovery of self, On Wisdom's Wings tells the story of a poet learning to fly.
978 1 74027 834 8, 188pp, $27.50

Sarah Agnew / On Wisdom's Wings

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One thing we can be sure of in life is that nothing will stay the same. But is that all we can count on? Featuring poems from an intense period of change, this collection explores what remains the same when everything is different.
978 1 76041 114 5, 84pp, $20.00

* Sarah Agnew / Only Constants

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‘Everyone has a button story, but plunging into this collection of button poems is full of surprises; amazing fictions lie scattered amongst poignant memories and the everyday made strange. Far from being buttoned-up, these poems reveal life in all its guises: familiar, heartbreaking, erotic, funny, enigmatic… Whatever did happen to Bob Ellis’s top button?’ - Kay Lawrence
978 1 74027 733 4, 74pp, $20.00

* Jude Aquilina & Joan Fenney / Thread Me a Button

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Chat, kato, neko, kitska, meo, kedi, cat… No matter where in the world cats have settled, they are cherished by those who adopt them. How amazing it is to have this wild little furry beast, tamed, clean-living, inside your home and obviously enjoying your company (and food). In Furry Tales, Jude Aquilina shares her poetic musings on moggies. She has never lived in a house without cats; between these pages, she celebrates the cats in her life, and other cats with all their glorious, quirky traits. Illustrations by Angelee Theodoros, well-known cat portrait artist, complement the poetry and bring to life Furry Tales - best read with a cat on your lap.
978 174027 923 9, 54pp, $18.00

* Jude Aquilina / Furry Tales

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'The beautifully quirky title of Karen Armstrong’s first collection of poetry maps the final journey of a friend who is dying of cancer. These poems capture the warmth of unselfish love; of a relationship despite trying circumstances. A pact between two friends where one shares the burden vicariously as the other faces debilitating illness and inevitable death.' Peter F. Pike, Managing Editor, FreeXpresSion
'With unpretentious simplicity and directness, Karen Armstrong conveys the tangled emotions - defiance, confusion, anger, black humour and acquiescence - experienced by two friends confronting one’s imminent death. These poems, unified by images of feathers and flight, convey the fragility and lightness of being mortal. They build slowly, without sentimentality, through past memories and present moments towards the inexorable moment of parting when the future must be faced alone. These poems will strike a chord with anyone who has tackled the stony stages of loss.' - Janet Upcher
'This collection of poetry will move you and linger in you long after the vigil is over. It will bring you out from the little black box we keep ourselves tucked into. Armstrong presents the harrowing circumstances as they are with acute sensitivity. The poems are quietly terrifying as they draw us to the bright light of death. They are a potent mix of sorrow and need, an ongoing state of mourning for the poet’s friend. This is a book necessary for life. Enjoy this book. It insists.' - Karen Knight
978 1 76041 108 4, 78pp, $18.00

* Karen Armstrong / If We Could Fly

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‘The poems in The Journey to Here are wise and often whimsical; some are dark as obsidian, others crystal clear with the joy of life. Jo Baker is a born storyteller, a lover of language and a strong woman who’s not afraid to confront and write about life’s challenges. Baker combines rich details, sharp observations and a wild imagination with rhythm and rhyme in this memorable collection of poems.’ – Jude Aquilina
‘Joanne Baker’s life changed dramatically after a car accident deprived her of her mobility. However, the enforced leisure allowed her to give voice to her experiences; this is the voice she has allowed us to hear in The Journey to Here. This, her first book of poetry, is the story of her journey through life: through the dark times, the lighter times, until the present. Her struggles and observations have enabled her to become more assured in her approach to living, to find the ‘lighter’ side of her present times. Many readers will identify with the insights and decisions made on each stage of her journey. This may be Joanne’s first anthology; I doubt it will be her last.’ – Maureen Mitson
‘A collection of poems with something for everyone – witty, warm and wise.’ – Sharon Kernot
‘With a blend of seriousness, humour and grace, Joanne Baker chronicles her life’s experiences, challenges and triumphs. Her poetry gives voice to her emotions and observations, and reveals her life’s journey through dark times and light.’ – Connie Berg
978 1 74027 808 9, 88pp, $20.00

* Jo Baker / The Journey to Here

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The Edge of Winter is a remarkable achievement by one of our oldest living poets. The poems reveal an inquisitive mind fascinated by the physical world, including particularly the ocean and the Merri Merri Creek, in Melbourne’s north. Connie Barber interrogates herself and the world through which she moves with a clean-edged honesty leavened often by humour and self-deprecation. In “Time on the Merri Merri Creek” - a deeply moving poem, central to the collection as a whole - when she writes, “She has lived / through the loss of everything but her need to live”, she could well be writing of herself. These are clear and lucid poems on the surface, but they are remarkable for the depth of thought, and sometimes of anguish, that informs them. It is a book in which “words fall / beyond sound and sing”.’ - Ron Pretty
‘Poets often celebrate, interrogate or deplore time, the intransigent medium in which we all live. With this quadripartite book of her lyric understandings, Connie Barber lives under these terms and “could mourn the past, but cannot”. Frequently too, she inveigles the reader subtly into the changing seasons of Merri Merri Creek, through her moving versions of pastoral recovery.’ - Chris Wallace-Crabbe
‘Connie Barber’s unpretentious poetry sounds the depths: here is the precarious difficulty and delicacy of human relationships; here are the poet’s various and surprising insights on wordcraft; and here too her assurance and joy in the close observation of nature. Readers will find the testing points in their own lives, touched by these poems.’ - Judith Rodriguez
978 1 74027 995 6, 78pp, $18.00

* Connie Barber / The Edge of Winter

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In this diverse collection of poems, Ron Barton explores the various aspects of his world that make him who he is. Regardless of the seriousness of tone, which is often tongue-in-cheek, each poem contains some element of his life - whether it be a reaction to childhood and fatherhood, or a reflection of his love of teaching and football. If God is a Poet encourages readers to question their values regarding Australian identity and gender roles without aggressively promoting a specific agenda. Here we see the professional writer experimenting with form, imagery and theme while remaining highly accessible and readable.
978 1 74027 792 1, 76pp, $18.50

* Ron Barton / If God is a Poet

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Kathleen Bleakley was born before breakfast. She was delivered by her Grandad - Dr John Martin - in a room awash with Moroccan light. The first sentence she uttered was 'more sish singers'. Her fish-like love of swimming can be traced to lighthouse keeper ancestry. When Kathleen moved to Wollongong, she navigated her way around town and university, keeping the big lighthouse in sight. Living in Sweden, Kathleen missed bright Australian skies yet embraced candle-lit days followed eventually by the midnight sun. According to the stars, she’s a moon child. Kathleen loves the moon’s many shades, and collaborating with ’pling, in distilling and shaping images, moments, places, memories and dreams.
’pling has been working with light for over 35 years, entering the darkroom in his university days and being drawn back into it through contemporary performance photography over the last 20 years. His photography is biased toward contemporary music, theatre and other performance, but he has been known to get distracted by anything from buildings to desert. ’pling has had close artistic collaborations with numerous contemporary performance practitioners, most notably with Janine Ayres, Joe Woodward and the late David Branson. His work has been published in Muse, artlook, The Canberra Times, Lowdown, Real Time and other publications including theatre posters, programs & exhibitions including 3 Canberra Centenary exhibitions; his images have been used by the National Film and Sound Archive.
978 1 76041 057 5, 68pp, $18.00

* Kathleen Bleakley & 'pling / Lightseekers

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City of Stars is grounded in a vision of place, one always close to home, residing just outside the front door. It is full of the presence and seasons of the city of Frankston, Victoria, where 35,000 people live their daily lives. In this unique collection, poets affirm place as their primary source of inspiration: familiar streets, stations and seascapes. The poems collected here were written over several decades, and reveal lives full of expressive detail; a world of primary experiences being constantly re-discovered. Local themes become universal too as poets engage with love, loss, caring, community, hardship, history; all springing from both personal and shared understanding. City of Stars places Frankston’s gateway city to the Mornington Peninsula firmly on the poetic map. No matter where you live, readers should make the journey.’ - John Jenkins
978 1 74027 991 8, 58pp, $18.00

* Avril Bradley (editor) / City of Stars: An anthology of love poems for Frankston

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‘Reading Hunter’s Place is a beautiful journey, an experiencing of sorts, the way life can be seen as a series of occurrences, interruptions, filled with the activity of the daily grind against a rural background filled with its own surprises and dramas. The diary form, the epistolary way it reflects with all attendant honesty a response to the world is definitely a welcome mode of address for poets and poetry readers alike. Whether it’s waking up in fog or mending fences, smelling the coffee or taking that trip up the dirt track into the closest town, every moment is captured with a startling precision. Indeed, the poet is careful and his considerations acknowledge and recognise this wonderful country we live in.’ - Richard Hillman
‘Brian’s poems have always been vigorously related to trying to comprehend the issues that are going on in contemporary societies and how you battle that and get on and make it work.’ - Syd Harrex
‘Brian Brock is the only poet I have met whose work I would describe as utterly of this world. That is why his poetry should be read.’ - Paul Depasquale
978 1 74027 785 3, 86pp, $20.00

Brian J. Brock / Hunters' Place, Smith Road, Tharwa

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'The Fortune Bird, the author's first book of poetry, is a collection of personal lyrics notable for their emotional maturity and their sparkling images. Reading these poems will take you around the world and into a deep well of feeling.' - Ron Pretty
978 1 74027 821 8, 52pp, $20.00

Diana Bell Brooks / The Fortune Bird

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‘Under a bright Australian sun, the fascinating tale of a European life comes to light. In a sequence of incisive poems, Belinda Broughton narrates the voice of Ervin Janek – Hungarian artist and poet, son of a nun and ‘a certain Jewish man’ – who makes his ‘own path’ out of abandonment and poverty, through streets where he can hold his own against cheats and bullies, and into the wider world of exotic experience. Broughton revels in the linguistic portrayal of a character whose deprived childhood, forced Hitler Youth attendance, flirtation with monastic life, horse riding for a baroness, and incarceration under Soviet control builds towards the pivotal uprising of 1956. In poems crafted with humour and sensitivity, Broughton journeys with the character of Janek across the hippie trail to bring the refugee sparrow home to the provenance of the kookaburra. All through the roller-coaster ride, this riveting story will ensnare you’ - Kate Deller-Evans
978 1 74027 989 5, 134pp, $22.50

* Belinda Broughton / Sparrow : poems of a Refugee

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A collection of poems about refugee character. The author has been a friend of the Karen people (from Burma) for several years. Their struggle for peace and freedom, rarely mentioned in the media, has been long and continues. Many Karen have been cruelly treated and displaced from their villages. Some have moved to border camps and others have recently resettled in Australia, the USA and other Western countries. These poems trace this journey, focusing on a people’s amazing inner strength, loyalty and rich culture in the face of oppression.
‘…a collection of poetry that is committed and compelling in its attention to detail and has the ability to engender compassion in any reader.’ - Zadok Perspectives
978 1 74027 709 9, 56pp, $20.00

Ron Browning / Flickering Lights

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‘Jacqueline Buswell’s first collection of poems is a very solid contribution to contemporary Australian poetry. Hers is a journey with eyes wide open, a well-tuned voice and firm steps into evocations and ironic reflections. A great fusion of rhythms and forms, themes and personal experiences. Lucidity and compassion.’ – Mario Licón Cabrera
‘Jacqueline Buswell is an interpreter and translator with an intense interest in Spanish/English communication. Many of her poems are concerned with the lack of justice and insensitivity at world trouble spots. If the inequities of the world can only be lamented, we can at least attempt with our communication ‘a bridge of paper’ ‘fragile as a great-aunt’s femur’ to build strong communities, friendships and love relationships. The political and personal merge with gusto. Buswell’s poems are easy to like. Although I first heard this poem six or seven years ago, I think of it frequently.’ – Julie Chevalier
978 1 74027 818 8, 92pp, $20.00

* Jacqueline Buswell / Song of a Journey-woman

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A Man of Emails follows on from Michael Byrne’s previous collection Southbound. Again, there is the balance between his painterly imagism and his quirky use of traditional form. With technical flair and flamboyancy, Byrne explores matters relating to his history, environment and psyche. Get to know A Man of Emails.
'There is manifest intelligence in Byrne’s poetry and an emerging technical competence… Let us hope for more from him.' - Peter Pierce, The Canberra Times
A Man of Emails is persuasively, even riskily autobiographical. There are things to be learned from it.’ - Geoff Page
‘There is both a disciplined control and a soaring transcendence in his craft.’ - Bill Tully, Voice
978 1 74027 603 0, 40pp, $16.00

* Michael Byrne / A Man of Emails

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Michael Byrne's New & Selected Poems incorporates poems written from 1995 to 2010. The first poem in the collection, 'Volutions', was written when Byrne was seventeen. The latest poem, 'Theatre', was written when he was thirty-two. New & Selected Poems takes six poems from his early collection Estuary at Dusk: Poems 1995-2000 as well as twenty poems and eight poems respectively from his award-winning collections Southbound and A Man of Emails. There are a number of new poems in the collection. New & Selected Poems encompasses the full arc of Byrne's development, from promising teenage poet to an accomplished poet in his thirties.
978 1 74027 884 3, 68pp, $20.00

Michael Byrne / New & Selected Poems

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This selection of one hundred prose poems published in Australia since the 1970s demonstrates what a hip, bohemian and subversive vein the prose poem is. Prose poetry has proved a most flexible vehicle for an extraordinary range of Australian talent - from Gary Catalano to Joanne Burns, from Ania Walwicz to Alex Skovron. There have been overseas anthologies of prose poems but no Australian counterpart. The Indigo Book of Australian Prose Poems meets the needs of students, reviewers and the general literature loving public.
‘Reading this anthology will, happily, lead me back to my library and bookshop, hungry for more Australian prose poems.’ - Spineless Wonders website
Winner, Poetry, ACT Writing & Publishing Awards 2012
Indigo
978 1 74027 650 4, 152pp, $25.00

Michael Byrne (editor) / The Indigo Book of Australian Prose Poems

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Ashley Capes is a poet, novelist and teacher living in Victoria. He teaches Media and Music Production, and has played in a metal band. He has worked in an art gallery and music retail. Aside from reading and writing, Ashley loves volleyball and Studio Ghibli – and Magnum PI, easily one of the greatest television shows ever made. He is the author of five poetry collections and two novels and was poetry editor for Page Seventeen from issues 8 to 10. He also moderates online renku group Issa’s Snail. You can see more of his work at his website www.ashleycapes.com.
978 1 74027 949 9, 110pp, $20.00

* Ashley Capes / old stone & between giants

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Harsh yet delicate, these poems echo the fragile beauty of the Australian country landscapes which form the background to the writer's lifetime. Ranging from young motherhood to her seventy-fifth year, this small selection captures in vivid imagery and precise language a range of personal, universal and contemporary issues as well as her passionate love and concern for the land.
978 1 74027 601 6, 92pp, $22.00

Pam Cole / Calico Blue

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‘The country town setting of this verse novel comes to life with Collett’s narrative skills, and her characters shine with human frailty and resilience.’ - Judy Johnson
978 1 74027 942 0, 172pp, $25.00

* Margaret Collett / Finding the Place

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‘A spacious walking meditation on place by an attentive and courageously permeable writer who has come to love this island as intensely as those of us bound to it by birth and ancestry and who has allowed its presence to inhabit and inform the quietly assured cadences of her verse and prose. Journeys of the spirit, landscapes of the mind and heart, symphony and silence, bone and blood and leaf and stone of country - from Cockle Creek to Albert Road, Moonah, Montrose to Mount Wellington, Bicheno to Cradle Mountain and beyond - this carefully crafted collection of poetry and essays, earthed and numinous, bound by location and a particular lived experience but infinite in intimation, exhilarating and deeply restful, is a small jewel of a work.’ - Terry Whitebeach
978 1 74027 657 3, 70pp, $22.00

Anne Collins / My Friends This Landscape

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Dawn Colsey sees a close connection between poetry and prayer, where thoughts arise from close attention and observation in the course of daily life. Anglican worship is infused with the poetic, through the psalms and much of scripture, and the beauty of the liturgy. Her impulse to write also comes from pastoral work, love of the natural world and the joy of having six grandchildren.
‘There are many stand-out poems in this comprehensive and inspiring collection…’ - Studio
978 1 74027 916 1, 100pp, $20.00

* Dawn Colsey / Pour a Libation

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'A teacher, a traveller, an observer and a thinker, Sue Cook’s lens is sharply focused, her words well measured. Join "the unravelling ribbon of road" that winds through suburbia and the outback, through ordinary lives and magnificent moments in nature. Cook’s vivid poetic landscapes of places like the Flinders Ranges and Murray River are richly detailed; and her poem about Balfours’ frog cakes will have every South Australian licking their lips.' - Jude Aquilina
'Sue Cook’s wry voice captures the moment with simplicity and reimages the ordinary with freshness, wit and profound sympathy. The familiar is made fresh as her characters shuffle through a landscape seeking sanctuary. This collection deserves "a tsunami of applause".' - Rory Harris
978 1 76041 086 5, 70pp, $18.00

* Sue Cook / In Focus

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Bill Cotter’s poems and stories have appeared in literary journals and magazines throughout Australia. He has won a number of literary awards, including the International Library of Poetry competition, the Maryborough Golden Wattle Festival poetry competition and the Melbourne Shakespeare Society’s sonnet competition. His work has also been recorded, published and read over the ABC. Some of his poetry, depicting issues of conservation, has also been on display in the Sale Regional Gallery and the East Gippsland Gallery in Bairnsdale. He has conducted a number of creative writing courses for adults and children. He has, in addition to the writing of poetry, an interest in the oral presentation of verse to an audience. Ginninderra Press has published eight books of his poetry, a collection of short stories and a short play for voices exploring the tragic journey of Burke and Wills.
978 1 76041 118 3, 150pp, $22.50

* William Cotter / Mirror: New & selected poems

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'In his introduction to 180 more, an anthology of which he was editor, Billy Collins spoke of a preference for poetry in which "a human voice is clearly sounded - poems with the front door left open". Judy Dally writes poetry in which the door is flung wide and the welcome mat is out. Wander inside and you feel as though you’ve come home - to the minutiae of our "little lives" made suddenly important and tender and funny by Judy’s clear-eyed and compassionate poetry. And don’t be fooled by the seeming simplicity of some poems; Judy has a deftness of touch that less nimble poets fall over themselves to achieve. To many non-poets, poetry doesn’t have a living presence at all, let alone one with a human voice. To them, poetry is just as dead now as it was inside their dusty schoolbooks. Judy Dally will convince them otherwise.' - Louise Nicholas
'Judy Dally’s delightful and delicious book of poems will be the perfect antidote to those who, angry, frustrated and confused, have given up reading contemporary poetry. The poem "Anniversary" is one of the most exquisite love poems I have ever read.' - Jeff Guess
'Judy Dally’s wit, wisdom and humour are refreshing and rare. Like a degustatlon dinner, Asleep In the Teapot contains a range of different courses and remarkable flavours. Judy deftly captures an era, its people and their common psyche, and doesn’t shy away from darkness. From the black humour of "After the Death Sentence" to the sparkling imagery in poems such as "Kiosk", where the tide/tucks its brooms and mops/and cloths/under its soapy arms/shoulders its load of dirty water/and returns to the sea, this poetry collection is full of whimsical twists and turns, rich imagery and keen observations by one of SA’s most loved poets.' - Jude Aquilina
Judy Dally’s poems have been published in various newspapers, literary magazines and anthologies as well as the last twenty-seven editions of the Friendly Street Reader. This collection brings together poems published over the last twenty-five years as well as a number of new poems. Judy retired from teaching in 2000 and now volunteers with Tutti Arts, singing in the choir and running a literacy program for young people with a disability.

* Judy Dally / Asleep in the Teapot

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Some years ago a friend who had just become a grandparent told Wilma Davidson that every other love prepared you for the love a grandparent feels for a grandchild and this love is like no other. The moment Wilma held her granddaughter for the first time; she knew this to be true, that this was indeed Grand Love. This collection of poetry journeys through Wilma’s three years of being a grandparent and the joys and sorrows of other grandparents, be they friends or strangers.
978 1 74027 585 9, 46pp, $16.00

* Wilma Davidson / Grand Love

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TC looks forward to a lazy summer at Semaphore’s beach. Only problem, her mother has taken a job in the Hills and moved TC into an academically demanding high school. Signed up for rowing, TC is plunged into the harrowing sport, where she must quickly bond with the rowing quad if they are to have any chance of beating the favoured private college team. As pressures mount at school and on the river, TC must find the courage to juggle old friends and new, and overcome unexpected challenges if she is to finish the rowing season. Kate Deller-Evans has published collections of poetry. This is her first verse novel for teens.
‘Kate’s verse shimmers like the sun setting in the west over the Gulf as she tells the story of one special summer in the life of a girl caught between two different worlds.’ - Celia Jellett
‘…a fast-moving novel in relaxed verse…an intriguing account of a sport many practise but few write about.’ - Adelaide Advertiser
978 1 74027 925 3, 200pp, $25.00

* Kate Deller-Evans / Crossed Oars

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Sue Donnelly / Heartfelt Moments
To write is to give of yourself, honestly, nakedly, with a twist of imagination. Heartfelt Moments is a collection of writings about feelings, images of captured moments to the extremes of love and loss. Lose yourself in these moments. Pause, laugh, cry... I have.
'Heartfelt Moments are the threads of life. They weave hope and awakening with longing and loss; dreams and anticipation with joy and spirituality. They bind us to those we love. In this collection of heartfelt moments, Sue Donnelly has captured the essence of the everyday. This poignant collection will touch your senses, rekindle your memories and refresh your spirit. You will savour these Heartfelt Moments.' - Leigh Hay
‘There are some charming observations here, presented in many instances with a tightness and clarity of diction that delights.’ - Australian Poetry Journal
978 174027 865 2, 78pp, $20.00

Sue Donnelly / Heartfelt Moments

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D.J. Dowsett was born in Taree NSW in 1951. He was educated in sciences at Sydney, Macquarie and Cambridge universities and worked as a physicist and mathematical programmer until retiring in 2011. He moved from Glebe in Sydney to the NSW Southern Highlands in 1989 and has had poetry published in various small magazines over the last two decades.
978 1 76041 112 1, 62pp, $18.00

* D.J. Dowsett / From Butter To Ice

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Focuses on art, the natural world, the intimacy of love, human caprice. These poems will stop you in your tracks with the force of their emotional intensity.
'...a highly intelligent, inventive and gifted poet...' - Les Murray
'Sincere, intimate and straightforward...' - Canberra Times
Highly commended, Poetry, ACT Writing & Publishing Awards 2007
Indigo
978 1 74027 398 5, 100pp, $20.00

Suzanne Edgar / The Painted Lady

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In The Love Procession Suzanne Edgar again focuses on art, the natural world and the intimacy of love and loss. Her poems deliver emotional intelligence and humour with unobtrusive skill that blends form and content in beguiling ways. George Thomas has praised the book’s ‘impressive clarity, concision, pungency and musicality’.
‘Edgar continues to astound with the daring discoveries and explorations of her poetry.’ - Les Murray
‘…an intense, melodious, carefully crafted, rewarding performance.’ - Canberra Times
‘…a meticulous concern with structure, an assured control of diction, and an admirable feeling for tone.’ - Antipodes
'Deceptively everyday poems about strangers, neighbours and family sometimes reflect joy, sometimes love's painful other side of a loved one lost.' - InDaily
Highly commended, Poetry, ACT Writing & Publishing Awards 2013
978 1 74027 775 4, 108pp, $20.00

Suzanne Edgar / The Love Procession

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‘While science can hold a magnifying glass over the world, poetry can hold a magnifying glass over our deepest emotions. If we are to tackle climate change, we must not just understand the world, but understand ourselves, and it is to that end that this volume is directed. These poems take us from the deeply personal impact of climate change on a woman forced to sell the family farm to the process of negotiations of global agreements. They take us on a journey across the landscape of flood, fire and drought.’ - Richard Denniss, CEO, Australia Institute
978 1 74027 929 1, 82pp, $20.00

Suzanne Edgar, Kathy Kituai, Sandra Renew & Hazel Hall (editors) / Flood, Fire & Drought

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‘John Egan’s poems are finely crafted, revealing a deep perception of his surroundings and resonating with a richness of experience. He is an eloquent word-weaver, and he writes with a sensitivity that draws the reader into a world that is at times evocative, nostalgic, humorous and beautiful. John’s poetry is a pleasure to read, and an enjoyable foray in to contemporary Australian literature.’ – Vicki Harrold
‘John Egan is an eloquent poet. His walks through the city’s streets take him to everyday places, to the ordinary and the mundane, where his poet’s eye shines light on the places, things and objects most of us fail to see. John writes honest, clean, crisp poems that will enlighten the reader.’ – Ken Setter
'John Egan's poetry is crisp and eloquent and bristles with insights.' - Polestar
978 1 74027 875 1, 80pp, $18.00

* John Egan / Lines Continue Forever

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‘Another delightful collection of poems from John Egan. What graphic pictures he draws – one has a sense of actually being there. He is able to lead the reader into realms of imagination where the poem itself materialises into reality. I am always delighted with the Australian flavours that John can so easily summon up. He seems able to harness the atmosphere of his poetry and to grasp and record poignant events so accurately. One can feel the heat of summer, smell the wattle and see the sunlight sparkle on the waters.’ - Mary Bramston
‘John Egan is an acute observer. His imagery is richly imaginative, but clear and precise, reflecting a compelling view of the world around us. His poetry blends an acute awareness of the nuances of language with an underlying sense of the significance of the personal view in reflecting our experience of life. He has a particularly happy knack of conveying the idea that things matter, without labouring the point. His poems offer us new ways of seeing familiar things, with beauty, sensibility and. at times, a sharp wit. They form a substantial contribution to contemporary Australian poetry.’ - Robert Dickins
978 1 76041 059 9, 116pp, $22.50

* John Egan / The Long Way Home

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Brenda Eldridge says, 'We cannot always control what touches our lives. We do all have the gift of choice. We can choose how we are going to allow ourselves to be affected. Bitterness seeps in unnoticed if we are not vigilant and sours everything we do, think and say. There is much to be learned from watching how Mother Nature heals the wounds inflicted by uncaring, thoughtless mankind. By watching others, we can use them as an example of how we do, or don’t, want to be.'
‘...the voice of this poet is warm, simple without being simplistic, true to life and melodious.’ - Tamba
978 1 74027 538 5, 84pp, $18.00

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* Brenda Eldridge / The Silver Cord

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In her first collection, The Silver Cord, the author shared her journey of rebuilding a life shattered by tragedy and broken dreams. It's All Good further explores that journey, revealing that the balance between the dark and the light is not always precarious and that it is the combination of wisdom and youthful persistence that teaches us to find the positive in every experience.
‘Every piece is a poem with the perception only poetry can deliver.’ - Studio
978 1 74027 570 5, 88pp, $20.00

Brenda Eldridge

Brenda Eldridge / It's All Good

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We were enjoying a blissful life, making the most of every day. I, the poet, was still rather bemused by the freedoms of retirement and Stephen was doing what he loves – publishing. Our idyll was rudely interrupted when we were told that Stephen had cancer. We were suddenly thrust into an unaccustomed world. This is not a horror story. Stephen relied on stoicism and determination to get through. The poet wrote her way through a harsh reality and the story of a new love that was tested – and not found wanting. The unfailing love and support of family, friends and caring dedicated medical professionals was lavishly laced with black humour. Homemade soup with love in every spoonful has to be the best remedy for healing. Once again the poet found comfort in the gift of words in a time of dire need and the ongoing struggle between darkness and light.
978 1 74027 661 0, 92pp, $20.00

* Brenda Eldridge / Facing Cancer

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One of the important things I learned when my poetry was first published was that, no matter how much time and effort I put into ensuring the poems were in what I thought was the right order, my readers would more likely randomly select a piece that caught their attention. It is no different when putting together a selection of poems from several volumes except that when Jude Aquilina did the choosing, I ended up with a very different image of me the writer than I had been aware of before. No longer locked into their chronological order, there emerged in the poems a more balanced perspective. The important things don't change. Depths once touched are always evident. Courage, strength, spirituality, wonder, bewilderment, joy and sorrow are all represented. Above all else, beating within the words and images there is a very thankful heart.
‘The celebration of, and gratefulness for, love and life is rife through the pages of Tangled Roots. It is a joy to share, to contemplate, to verify.’ - Jude Aquilina
‘…she shares her reflections on life and the environment in which she lives honestly and respectfully, almost as if she is talking to a valued friend. …fluent, easily accessible yet deep writing…’ - Tamba
‘What is good about this collection is the variety of subject matter and the appropriateness of tone… Eldridge demonstrates an ability to surprise with the felicitous and the unexpected…’ - Australian Poetry Journal
978 1 74027 869 0, 128pp, $20.00

Brenda Eldridge / Tangled Roots

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In his poem ‘The Road Not Taken’, Robert Frost writes of taking the road less travelled and this making all the difference. In ‘Leisure’, W.H. Davies writes, ‘What is this life, if full of care, we have no time to stand and stare’. Both poems have strongly influenced how I have lived my life. In the past, I have said I write to make people think and with my passion I was hoping to make people more aware of their impact on others. I have written to try and understand my own choices and responses to the behaviour of others. I learned long years ago that we must fight very hard for peace and it is a continuing fight but there must also be a time to enjoy the inner peace so hard won. In my need for respite, I started to write of things that made me smile and discovered I could smile. The fights are not all fought but I believe I have a better idea about what I am fighting for. Meanwhile, I will let the opening lines of ‘Leisure’ work their magic…
978 1 74061 018 6, 64pp, $18.00

* Brenda Eldridge / Wonderment

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Twenty-eight writers reflect in fiction, non-fiction and poetry on the past, present and future of Port Adelaide.
‘Port Adelaide is not so different from many country towns whose fortunes have come and gone. For all the hype about making it into something new and glitzy, I suspect the ghosts have other ideas. It is the home of people who recognise there is more to life than material ownership and still enjoy buying their vegetables from a greengrocer and stamps from cheerful ladies in the post office.’ - Brenda Eldridge
978 1 74027 711 2, 122pp, $20.00

Brenda Eldridge

Brenda Eldridge (editor) / The Heart of Port Adelaide

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Here is a book to delight all readers - a refreshingly diverse mix of poetry, fiction and non-fiction by more than forty South Australian writers. It not only explains a lot about the evergreen allure of collecting in general but also reveals much about each individual contributor and their own collections, and about different understandings of that slippery word 'collecting'.
978 1 74027 813 3, 166pp, $25.00

Brenda Eldridge (editor) / Collecting Writers

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Memoir and celebration, meditation and exploration, sketches and simple vignette, these are some of the varied fields through which Russell Erwin takes his readers in this latest collection, which bears the hallmarks of his earlier work – an attention to the physical, sensual world, unsurprising in one who makes his living by farming in the Southern Tablelands of NSW, a muscularity of language and a fondness for the striking image. But here it seems is a more assured handling of material, a poet more reflective and celebratory without any loss of accessibility and immediacy. He ranges from a suburban childhood to delicate and joyful pieces welcoming the birth of a granddaughter, from moving elegies for parents, to songs of loss, particularly the prize-winning ‘And Still’, and of course poems which have grown from the earth of his farming life. Each poem is, in its own way, a map of a small country into which the reader is invited to enter and share.
978 1 76041 158 9, 120pp, $22.50

* Russell Erwin / Maps of Small Countries

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Some of these poems reflect the light caught in my daughter’s camera during her work in a village community in the Ethiopian Afar. Others are more random shafts of light caught in the prism of my mind and split into a rainbow of reflections about life and death and the half-world of hopes and dreams that lies between. As is the case with rainbows, they are composed both of sunshine and drops of rain. I trust that somewhere amongst them you will also find a pot of gold. At the very least, if you buy the book, you will be contributing to a pot of gold to sustain the work of Barefoot Initiative in Ethiopia (see www.barefootinitiative.org/). You may also be interested in becoming one of the growing number of people who like www.facebook.com/TonyFawcusPoet.
978 1 76041 004 9, 114pp, $22.50

* Antony Fawcus / The Ethiopian Afar & other poems

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Written in Sand embraces a wide range of poetic forms and subject matter. There is something here for everybody: humour, joy, hope, and occasional philosophy. Several of the poems reflect the close relationship between the author and his natural environment.
Antony Fawcus lives and writes poetry on a small farm behind Port Elliot, on the south coast of South Australia. He is widely travelled and has at various times been an aviator, a teacher and a tourism operator. Recent publications include The Ethiopian Afar and other poems and a chapbook called Storms
978 1 76041 102 2, 114pp, $22.50

* Antony Fawcus / Written in Sand

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‘In Threading Raindrops, Michele Fermanis-Winward has fashioned an associative landscape full of the conflicts of the human heart and mind. The reader is buoyed by the honesty and integrity, the gentle ruefulness of this poet’s generous observations. The necklace is a perfect symbol for this collection of clear and lovely poems - the thread on which they’re strung a continuum of the poet’s deep noticing, of bush, garden, ocean, family, drawn inward into deep reverence.’ - Deb Westbury
978 1 74027 904 8, 54pp, $18.00

* Michele Fermanis-Winward / Threading Raindrops

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‘Well-known writer and translator Amelia Fielden is the editor of this collection of tanka by 45 different Australian poets which celebrates the love of food and drink. The voices in this book are diverse; the kinds of tanka gathered here are varied in style and tone. This is an anthology like no other: rather than merely defining a particular territory, the work of the writers gathered here in fact illuminates the way in which food and drink impinge on our lives: childhood, relationships, love, celebrations, the seasons, travels, works of art, ageing and more. Frequently inventive and painterly in their impressions, the tanka underline a musical melody in the poets’ writing that animates each line of every tanka and whose inclusiveness, imagination and play are the life of every poem. These are bright, intelligent, direct tanka that have a playful way with images. Their compression, sensibility and respect for language is a delight.’ - Patricia Prime, editor of Kokako
‘How satisfying this buffet of tanka from Down Under. The menu features distinctively Australian foods such as yabbies, Weetbix, minted lamb chops, quince paste, “melting moment” biscuits, and billy cans full of blackberries. Forty-five poets, both well-known tankaists and newcomers to the form, offer an exotic and delightful feast for the senses.’ - Margaret Chula, President, Tanka Society of America
978 1 74027 712 9, 40pp, $15.00

Amelia Fielden (editor) / Food for Thought

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‘This anthology addresses the diversity of music: the impact of its presence, or absence, in our lives. From its harmony of subject matter, solo voices rise in turn to capture our attention. We wonder with the shakuhachi player whether the music he knows he played is what the audience heard, and we muse on the individual nature of listening. Several poets remind us of ambient sounds that impinge on the totality of our engagement with what we hear; the clatter of tea cups, the wail of a siren, the concert cough. As is fitting, the music of the natural world finds its place in this collection: diverse bird calls and windsong, the rhythm of tides and the underscore of cicadas. In one imaginative tanka it is not the sound of birds but their “drift and dive”, that reminds the poet of Chopin. From Beethoven to boogie-woogie, Handel to honky-tonk, The Melody Lingers On is a celebration of music in its varied elements and tones.’ - Beverley George
978 1 74027 770 9, 52pp, $15.00

Amelia Fielden (editor) / The Melody Lingers On

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'Circa 1235, Fujiwara no Teika (Sadaie) edited the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu (100 Poems by 100 Poets) at his villa in Kyoto near Mt Ogura. Teika would surely have been both astonished and delighted were he to have been told that the Hyakunin Isshu has set out for the southern hemisphere, where one hundred talented poets have composed tanka in English for another such anthology. As a poet who happens to be witness to this special moment in history, I am deeply grateful to be given the honour of introducing this unique anthology to the world.' - Kiyoko Ogawa, co-editor of Poetry Nippon
978 1 74027 831 7, 68pp, $16.00

Amelia Fielden, Beverley George & Patricia Prime (editors) / 100 Tanka by 100 Poets of Australia & New Zealand

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‘Deceptively simple, the poems in All You Need Is Love touch the whole range of human experience: joy and sadness, pleasure and pain, enlightenment and illusion, love and loneliness. This anthology of tanka reflects the full spectrum of what it means to love, whether it be a partner, a child, a family member, friends, places or one's pet.’ - Patricia Prime, editor of Kokako, New Zealand journal of haiku and tanka
978 1 74027 918 5, 62pp, $18.00

* Amelia Fielden (editor) / All You Need Is Love

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'This collection of linked tanka between two Australian and two American poets reminds us how exciting it is to colour outside the lines. Unexpected responses enliven the series as poets from different hemispheres move through the four seasons. For example, Fielden’s final lines in ‘Hope Springs Eternal’, ‘to swim without a wet suit / weightless meditation’, is countered with Whitman's startling ‘a gap opens…rip tide/time to renew marriage vows’. In ‘Sunlight Between Dark Pools’, Jacobson’s charming ‘Bogong moth/fluttering on the floor/beside me… / we move together / when the music starts’, is rejoined by Nakano’s humorous ‘quite a plain girl / wearing muted colours / they dance all night / as I watch, wondering / what's she got that I haven’t?’ Playful, revelatory, hopeful and nostalgic, the tanka in Colouring In remind us of what it is like to be human.' - Margaret Chula, President, Tanka Society of America
'Colouring In is a collection of responsive tanka that comes alive as we journey through the seasons in the hands of four accomplished poets: two from Australia, Amelia Fielden and Gerry Jacobson; and two from the USA, Genie Nakano and Neal Whitman. Their four voices remain distinct while these poets link and shift, exploring spring, summer, autumn and winter in separate chapters. Each season is given a colour, following the Japanese tradition, as explained by Sonja Arntzen in her interesting introduction. This collection, composed by international friends writing together, is so much more than a series of responsive tanka on a theme. Reading through it, we can share both glimpses of the authors’ lives, and the rhythms of their changing inner and outer landscapes. They daub from a palette of unfolding emotions and experiences to paint superbly crafted and memorable canvases for us to enjoy.' - Marilyn Humbert, leader of the Bottlebrush Tanka Group, Australia
978 1 76041 099 5, 62pp, $18.00

* Amelia Fielden (editor) / Colouring In: The Four Seasons of Four Poets

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Who would you choose: your lover or your sister? This is the dilemma Jen confronts in this intriguing verse novel, which lyrically and unpredictably interweaves storytelling and poetry.
'Saving Ginia tests and extends the boundaries of the novel in verse in ways that are original, ambiguous, elliptical. The surface shimmers and tantalises with secrets fleetingly glimpsed, possibilities obliquely revealed.' - Jena Woodhouse
978 174027 873 7, 174pp, $25.00

* Tracey-Anne Forbes / Saving Ginia

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Welcome to Live Poets @ Don Bank (née Live Poets’ Society) at 25. Concentrating on the years 2005 to 2015, this book is as much about the venue and how it operates as it is about the poems or the poets. We hope you enjoy the secrets within…
978 1 76041 051 3, 362pp, $37.50

* Danny Gardner (editor) / Can I Tell You a Secret?

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‘Enjoy a rewarding trip to India with Jen Gibson. In poems exotic yet familiar, women sweep, peaks rise, spider webs quiver with a footfall, birds call and children chant. But in evoking the full sweep of her Indian experience, we hear of greedy cities, lethal childbirth and child brides. Jen Gibson’s eye is keen. Her voice is clear. The poems are beautifully rendered to offer a reading of India that draws us in. Well worth the journey.’ – Jan Colvill
‘Jen Gibson lived and travelled in various parts of India for four years in the 1990s. Her experiences there affect her life and work profoundly to this day. In Made in India: travels in poetry, Jen Gibson casts her wondering, humorous, compassionate gaze on all she meets and sees. These poems have the immediacy of vivid journal entries – some are snapshots, others reflective as well. All convey the sights, sounds, tastes and smells of India. Read these poems and Jen will take you there.’ – Robyn Mathison
‘These poems cover all that is extraordinary about India. From life’s minutiae to the grand vistas of the Himalayas, Jen’s words fill me with a longing to return. Sensuous and deeply personal, juxtaposed images breathe life into a magical subcontinent experience.’ – Chris Gallagher, Tasmanian Writers Centre
978 1 74027 986 4, 56pp, $18.00

* Jen Gibson / Made in India: travels in poetry

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In this collection of poems, observations of the Australian landscape and memories of times past are complemented by portraits of people and visions of the cosmos. Explorations of the inner world of the spirit are balanced by observations and feelings evoked by the colours and textures of the land and sea. The details and emotions of our heritage are captured in the stories and struggles of our forebears. From his own experiences, Geoff Graetz paints rich, poetic pictures of life in city and country Australia, past and present, and gives reflections on a life well spent.
'His style is readable and immediately accessible. …diverse and pleasurable…' - Studio
978 1 74027 881 2, 84pp, $20.00

Geoff Graetz / Magical Sputnik

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Fran Graham is a Tasmanian poet now living in WA. She completed a Bachelor of Arts from Griffith University in 2009 and spent much of 2010 volunteering with the Activ Foundation providing recreation and travel programs for adults with an intellectual disability. She has raised four children, taught English in China, sung at weddings and funerals, driven across Australia in her Kombi van and plans more adventures as she travels through her sixties. She now resides in Mandurah, where she walks to cafés and concerts, goes swimming, rides her bike and feels blessed to have six beautiful grandchildren, a loving partner and a wonderful life. On a Hook Behind the Door is her first collection of poetry. 
978 1 74027 713 6, 70pp, $18.50

* Fran Graham / On a Hook Behind the Door

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Firmly rooted in the past, these poems branch out from Old English and traditional ballads to the language of televised archeology and the travel guide, twisting from folk song to fairy tale to café gossip. In a tangled conversation between past and present, the voices of Vikings, poets, lovers, talking skulls, shipwrecked sailors, house painters, disgruntled middle managers, migrants and others jostle each other on their intricate journey from Rough Spun to Close Weave.
Praise for Lady Godiva and Me -
‘Guilar has brought together a cast of characters that speak out of history and from the present time, real people who live and breathe with engaging frankness. They are varied in personality, held here in small jewels of poetry that sparkle with wit and strength. These are people worth meeting.’ – Joanna M. Weston, Poetryreview Ca
‘I am impressed by the writing, which demands full and careful attention. To read these poems, the reader must inhabit the world, or the voices, of the writing; must engage with the rhythms, and the spare poetic structures. The poems are conversational, in the sense that they are made to be read aloud as well as on the page; but their sometimes declaratory structures are tight and taut without being confining.’ - Bronwyn Levy, Text
978 1 74027 777 8, 80pp, $18.00

* Liam Guilar / Rough Spun to Close Weave

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Footprints of a Stranger is a collection of emotions – tiptoeing between the experiences of the author and the sentiments of others. Barbara Gurney’s poetry passionately explores attitudes, observes nature and reminisces. Nature compels us to take heed – ‘stand up, bring the world your courage’. Contemplations express the shadows lurking within us all – ‘my dark forbidden place’. Joy comes from family, friends and life itself – ‘A glance, a smile, pass it on to me’.
978 1 74027 767 9, 60pp, $18.00

* Barbara Gurney / Footprints of a Stranger

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Life’s Shadows continues the melancholy journey begun in Footprints of a Stranger. Barbara Gurney’s poetry expresses others’ hurt with a caring voice and a message of hope. Grieve with ‘The Ticket Home’, overcome fear with ‘Conquering’ and finally, ‘Sing Loudly’.
978 1 74027 940 6, 60pp, $18.00

* Barbara Gurney / Life's Shadows

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'Molly Guy's writing is unique. She is an acrid commentator on the human condition and a left-field philosopher. Her characters are at once ghastly and endearing and her descriptive powers quite frightening.' - Geoffrey Dean
'Molly Guy is a true original. She is always alive to the possibilities of the quirky and the eccentric. The world of her poetry is one of offbeat grotesqueries of thought and observation, delightfully comic, but always pricking beneath the oddities of the surface to the universal truths that lie beneath. To read her work is to breathe fresh air with a faint whiff of something exotic and unexpected.' - Tim Thorne
'Molly Guy is a poet and wit who brings disparate words and images into explosive conjunctions.' - Margaret Scott
978 1 74027 801 0, 110pp, $22.50

Molly Guy / Gorgonzola Moon

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'In Canberra Refugee Support, our aim is to help asylum seekers and refugees to become as independent as possible as soon as possible. We are not funded by government - so we really value donations. The work of Hazel Hall, Moya Pacey, Sandra Renew and Tikka Wilson on the Poet-A-Thon fundraising event and on this volume, One Last Border, is a magnificent initiative. The funds raised for our clients will help to change their lives. Thank you!' - Geoff McPherson, President, Canberra Refugee Support - www.actrefugee.org.au
978 1 76041 056 8, 36pp, $5.00

Hazel Hall, Moya Pacey, Sandra Renew / One Last Border: Poems for refugees

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This is poetry that dances like the brolga: in praise of wading waist deep in the mountain river's 'nourishing brown flow'; of parcelling freshly caught barra in paperbark before 'sweetening in coals'; of a campfire crackling in 'plumes of rising heat'. Hall raises the flag to Indigenous survival, listening to Country in a way that esteems the traditional owners and interrogates colonialism's crooked paths. This is poetry that keeps us sensitively engaged and committed from beginning to end.
'Every day twenty-first century Australia needs urgent corrections to that ongoing virus of phoney patriotism continuing to infect it. The plain-speaking, closely observed poems of Phillip Hall go a mighty long way in tending to that need.' - Alan Wearne
'Hall is a striking imagist, moving us toward a Thoreauean poetic of sauntering and ambient perspective. Sweetened in Coals is a stunning achievement.' - Bonny Cassidy
‘Hall’s verse can rise to a level that his subject matter deserves. He understands the importance of allowing vivid images to speak for themselves…’ - Australian Poetry Journal
978 1 74027 858 4, 76pp, $20.00

Phillip Gijindarraji Hall / sweetened in coals

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Cynthia Sidney Hallam grew up in Lismore in the Northern Rivers district of New South Wales. Her poems, short stories and articles have appeared in magazines and anthologies. Her poems have been read on ABC radio and performed on stage. She now lives in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney.
‘Hallam has a good ear for overheard speech and a good eye for interesting detail, social or scenic…’ - Australian Poetry Journal
978 1 74027 861 4, 60pp, $20.00

Cynthia Hallam / Moving with the Times

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Peter Hansen spent 40 years working and managing sheep stations in far west New South Wales. He then spent a couple of years living in the UK which gave him a different perspective on life. He currently works in Aged Care in Melbourne. This is his second volume of poetry.
978 1 76041 094 0, 88pp, $20.00

* Peter Hansen / Consider the Snail

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Kylie Harrison is a community peer worker, writer and comedian. In Pendulum Kylie writes about her journey and experience with bipolar mood disorder, which she has been exploring in her creative writing for twenty years. She relishes any opportunity to express herself. She loves the variety in her writing and has a vision that her poetry, comedy, speech writing and short film writing will all come together. By revealing her own experiences on her journey to gain insight, she has written a poetry collection that is educational and inspiring, while focusing on trying to combat stigma. Three years on and she is ready to share with the world this eloquent collection. She believes that if you take one line of her story that changes the way you think about mental illness, or remember one of her poems, she has done her job and her experiences have been for a unique purpose.
978 1 74027 888 1, 126pp, $22.50

* Kylie Harrison / Pendulum

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In 2013 I started a BA in English and Creative Writing as a mature-age student. After a lecture on poetry, I found myself, much to my surprise, inspired to write poems of my own. Suddenly, out of the recesses of my mind, surfaced memories of myself as a teenager filling notebook after notebook with experiences of thoughts and emotions put into poetry. I realised then that I had always enjoyed painting pictures with words and the inspiration had simply lain dormant for all these years. Now I am catching the colours of my creativity again. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
978 1 76041 009 4, 54pp, $18.00

* Annette Herd / Life Will Find You Again

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When the Light is Right is a collection from the last twenty years of writing poetry. Living and working in the South Australian Mallee, and recently the Riverland, has influenced a number of the poems but overall the poems reflect on living and observing the various experiences of life: the everyday, the celebrations and the challenges. The reader will come across Mallee sunsets, the solace of a moonlit ocean, and river views. Sheepyard antics, mice in the bathtub, daffodils and dandelions, angels in work boots, Eve and Adam - and a snake in the grass!
978 1 74027 819 5, 80pp, $20.00

Shirley Ireland / When the Light is Right

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"Poems in Neon Moons reflect lives that rise above deprivation and suffering, that find joy in their surroundings. Angela Johnson has a well-developed instinct for the transcendent moment and the lyricism to communicate it." - Margaret Bradstock
"Angela Johnson’s poetry celebrates ‘the small personal voice’, its insistent pursuit of the unique in the quotidian. Ranging over the realities of poverty, family relationships and love, and probing the connections between humanity and the natural world, these poems often surprise with their poignant, clear-eyed observation." - Louise Wakeling
978 1 74027 284 1, 82pp, $20.00

* Angela Johnson / Neon Moons

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"The imagery and sound in Johnson’s landscape pieces such as ‘Embroidery’ and ‘Endlessly Passing’ showcase this poet at her lyrical best." - Lesley Walter
"The emotional honesty of her writing is impressive; so is the questioning intelligence behind these vivid vignettes." - Jean Kent
978 1 74027 825 6, 76pp, $18.00

* Angela Johnson / Endlessly Passing

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‘The haiku in Alone at the Window resonate with warmth, wit and wisdom. The poet’s tender observations and clear imagery create an unfolding of meaning as the reader reflects on each poem. These moments of celebration are imbued with a sense of wonder and appreciation for life, inviting us to share the richness to be found in daily living in our relationships with each other and the world around us.’ - Lyn Reeves
978 1 74027 720 4, 32pp, $12.00

Judith Johnson / Alone at the Window: haiku & senryu

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‘Between Two Moons is a delightful gift by Judith E.P. Johnson from Tasmania, an island far in the south. The scenes she captures with her warm-hearted and observant eyes in her daily life, and also in nature, are quite charming and agreeable. This collection will be my favourite for a long time.’ - Satoru Kanematsu, author of Hazy Moon
‘Judith E.P. Johnson’s haiku sparkle with the quiet intensity that is characteristic of the best of the form. Their quirky images draw our attention to unexpected meanings hidden in the trivial, the everyday, or the minutiae of nature, forcing us to contemplate and see anew. Exquisite miniature paintings, they continue to resonate in the mind’s eye long after the page is turned or the book closed. ‘ - Robert Cox, co-editor of Behind the Masks: Gwen Harwood Remembered by her Friends
978 1 74027 988 8, 36pp, $12.00

Judith E.P. Johnson / between two moons

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Political themes are common in these poems, though more often it is the snapshot of ordinary Afghan people affected by the ongoing war, and the international security assistance forces and international aid agencies which feature. The title poem, 'Waiting for the bus', captures much of this. Loneliness, love and loss are common themes, with the backdrop to all of it the land - remote, rugged and beautiful. While the picture is dark, there is hope in these poems - and sometimes a rare humour.
'This is not the snake oil version of events purveyed by military and government spokespersons, nor the confused swill of corporate media. It is a quiet contemplation in 54 poetic works written by a civilian woman in sojourn with Afghani people. A book to embrace.' - Rhonda Jankovic, Spoken Word, 3CR
978 1 74027 447 0, 75pp, $18.00

* Adele Ogier Jones / Afghanistan - waiting for the bus

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‘Another collection of experiences and imaginings from the watchful eye of the poet who gave us Afghanistan - waiting for the bus. Here, the poet weaves and gifts us with yet another salusalu (garland) of memories of and a passion for people struggling to adapt to the realities of their environments, that at times constitute “land beyond repair” (Somewhere Islands) yet, continuing to live dignified and worthwhile lives, “strutting proud against the grass” (Magpies of Taveuni).’ - Konai Helu Thaman (Songs of Love: new and selected poems)
The earliest poems in this collection were written between 1990 and 1995, and others twenty years later. They were written in and for different countries of the South Pacific, including Australia, a bigger island on the edge of the Pacific.
978 1 74027 725 9, 76pp, $18.50

* Adele Ogier Jones / From the Edge of the Pacific

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A Call to Listen is an oasis for those of us who take too little time to stop and refresh our senses. It is a journey through landscapes both familiar and new, the beauty and the terror of the places we call home, the histories we are living now and remember still. It bridges distance and carries us beyond our shores to examine what unites and separates us. It is a microscope to magnify the magnificence of nature and a mirror to reflect our impact on this planet and each other. Colleen Keating’s poetry speaks to us all in its intimacy and its beauty. Spend a while in this oasis. You will see the world more vividly. You will hear it calling. - Siobhan Colman
Colleen Keating’s poetry represents the application of a lively imagination to broad life experience. There is the sense of place in ‘coolamon dreaming’, and the sharp eye for detail in ‘zen moment’. There is intimacy in ‘dawn’, a sense of alienation in ‘soka-eki’, and an illustration of our capacity to ignore the suffering of others in ‘lights a candle’. This is a richly varied collection, expressing views worthy of consideration. - Norm Neill
This delightful collection invites us to listen with all our senses. I recommend you take time to enter the world of this poetic landscape. - Margaret Hede
978 1 74027 896 6, 124pp, $22.00

* Colleen Keating / A Call to Listen

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"It is through the creative arts that we can place ourselves inside the experiences of others and feel the many-dimensional nature of humanity. Though poetry may be considered as a ‘gentle art’, it can be uncompromisingly powerful and demanding. The poetry in this collection is an anthem to the experiences forged through travel, family and viewing nature as a spiritual awakening.Demands are placed on the ready to see the world and human interactions not as random selections but actions that carry the burden of cause and effect as dictated by man. In this, the reader can journey with the author in a parallel dimension where the wonder, empathy and pathos created in these poems have the ability to transport, so enabling the reader to revisit their own personal journey and see that adventure anew. It is indeed a consummate skill of the poet that can transmute the reader into the poet’s world and find the journey familiar to their own." - Fay Forbes
978 1 76041 111 4, 84pp, $20.00

* Dianne Kennedy / Tea Leaves of the Soul

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Washday Pockets is a collection of poems that will delight any reader. Written in an accessible language, domestic relationships are examined in all their grittiness. It is an honest disclosure of domestic life where sorrow, loss and separation are interwoven with love, humour and an over-riding celebration of life.  
978 1 74027 644 3, 76pp, $18.00

* Sharon Kernot / Washday Pockets

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In this collection of poetry the author explores the many facets of what it means to live life through the lens of schizophrenia. And yet it is more than that. Black humour, irreverent mayhem and cheerful tragedy all vie for the right to co-exist within unreality’s dark prism. Where Words Go When They Die sways from surreal, bleak and unrelenting to darkly funny and complex. A motley range of sad, deranged and zany characters join with the author’s own voice to create a deeply personal statement of intent. It is a testament to the will of a deeply flawed scribe who had no choice but to write his way out of his own personal hell. That this collection exists at all has made it all worthwhile.
978 1 74027 729 7, 86pp, $20.00

* Dominic Kirwan / Where Words Go When They Die

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In this fresh, open and varied collection, Adrian Lane explores and celebrates life’s reversals and paradoxes. The poems travel through the seasons in a range of hemispheres. Originally trained in Social Work and Psychology, Adrian Lane worked for the Navy before undertaking further study at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Massachusetts and Princeton Theological Seminary. He loves people, words, exploring, water and art.
978 1 74027 533 0, 72pp, $20.00

Adrian Lane / Southpaw

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A frank account of a four-year struggle with a force that cannot be reasoned with - bipolar. Everybody experiences stress, guilt and grief; we all have days when we don’t like ourselves very much. Imagine waking up one day and that is all you feel for months and months. But if we are never awake in darkness, we can never truly appreciate the light. Mental illness needs to be better understood and openly accepted. Walking the Black Dog is written by one who has been to the dark side and lived to write poetry about it.
978 1 74027 780 8, 58pp, $18.00

* Elizabeth Lane / Walking the Black Dog

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Dennis Levet, who turned 90 recently, is a retired GP. He was born in Kenya and moved to Hobart with his family 50 years ago. The poems in Split Personality have been written in the last five years, being contributions to the monthly newsletter of Linking Tasmanian Seniors, which is an online IT self-help organisation.
‘Denis Levet’s poetry - whimsicall, heartfelt, contemplative, playful - is simply a delight.’ - RACT Journeys
978 1 74027 891 1, 106pp, $20.00

Dennis Levet / Split Personality

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Stephen Mallick is a Tasmanian poet and artist. The poems of Just a Moment explore times past, events and memories of childhood and adolescence, the natural world, and the child’s insights into a family in pain. The poems have a rich lyricism, employing subtle rhyme and rhythm rooted in the natural cadences of everyday speech. Deceptively simple, the poems build within the collection to a powerful meditation on the pains, joys and coming-to-terms of growing up.
978 1 74027 532 3, 42pp, $16.00

* Stephen Mallick / Just a Moment

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"John Malone’s lively and quirky imagination produces widely appealing poetry. The poems in Seeing Things are keenly observed, accessible and often humorous or whimsical. How fortunate we are that one of South Australia’s most published children’s poets is sharing his other poetry here in Seeing Things. Malone’s subject matter is diverse, from bovine weather forecasting in the poem ‘Cows in a Paddock’: ‘… you can tell what the weather / Will be like by studying cows in a paddock’; to recalling surgery, hospital and delirium in ‘The Pink Hippo’: ‘You wonder what will come next. You go to the toilet. You piss piranhas.’ Indeed, Malone has us Seeing Things anew in this rich poetic offering." - Jude Aquilina
978 1 76041 100 8, 58pp, $18.00

* John Malone / Seeing Things

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Jenny Maree has lived in three countries and uses each of these adventures to explore imagery and thoughts inspired by different environments. The colours and textures are made vivid by the author’s descriptions. In Jenny’s previous books she has paid attention to the different meanings of the same word in different regions depending on context and culture. Here she brings to life some of these similarities and differences. Jenny writes in many different genres, including academic, non-fiction, romance and magic realism.
978 1 74027 827 0, 48pp, $18.00

* Jennifer D. Maree / The Language of Life in Seconds

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‘Robyn Mathison casts a curious and compassionate eye over the natural world and all its inhabitants. Her sense of wonder gives equal measure to cats, hens, historical figures and family members. The poems engage with provocative questions: Where will memory be when my body leaves? (‘Quiet House’’) and arresting imagery: Limbless, he dreams/ music of the spheres echoes/ inside his fragile shell (‘The Would-be Percussionist’).’ - Jane Williams
‘These poems are educated and skilfully executed, but at the same time reverent and thoughtful, which makes for a very enjoyable collection.’ - Studio
‘...some of the finest poems I have read.’ - Poetry Matters
‘The poet’s voice is sure, never forced and always engaging.’ - Tasmanian Sagacity
‘…there is a sharp but lingering and pleasant effect. The reader hasn't had time wasted.’ Studio
978 1 74027 558 3, 88pp, $20.00

* Robyn Mathison / To Be Eaten By Mice

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In A Garden Full of Weeds, a lifetime’s observations and experiences are captured by Jean McArthur - poet, nurse, artist, traveller. Poignant moments are described with a visual artist’s eye and balanced with the compassion of one in the caring professions. With an intrinsic connection to the natural world, and a fascination for people, McArthur has created a unique poetry collection that spans the south-east of South Australia, to Canada, Mexico, Sri Lanka and South East Asia.
‘Jean McArthur’s journey begins on a small, isolated rural farm on South Australia’s Limestone Coast. Events both joyous and devastating are chronicled as she travels for love and for adventure. While she is away, weeds propagate profusely in unexpected places, fire burns, but no matter how hard she tries to eradicate them, these symbols return in her life, in her art and writing. In A Garden Full of Weeds Jean McArthur has grafted many weeds into treasures and sifted through ashes to find strength.’ - Jude Aquilina
978 1 74027 797 6, 134pp, $24.00

* Jean McArthur / A Garden Full of Weeds

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Few poets express the meeting of nature and emotion as tenderly as Susan McCreery. Her poems open with images of nature and draw the reader in to scenarios of such heartbreak and love it is at times hard to surface. The sparkle of a boy playing in the surf, the metallic sound of betrayal on a Greek island, the humidity of a summer’s night - part physical, part longing for what has been lost. Among these gentle poems are suggestions of violence, of politics, of alienation, all held in a lacuna, waiting for that southerly to bring the pressure down.
'This first book is packed with clear-eyed veracity, offers a shining resilience, personal insight and shared comfort…we are enjoined, a chorus.' - Les Wicks
978 1 74027 7327, 48pp, $16.00

* Susan McCreery / Waiting for the Southerly

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Why has poetry fallen so sadly by the literary wayside of our hectic digital age? An age, if ever there was one, needing the kind of humanising empathy that readable (and quotable) poetry can provide. One of the central problems facing poetry today is that we seem to have forgotten (in some cases, perhaps deliberately) its link to the emotional cadence of music, and when that link is broken the light fails. These 'shapes of light' seek rediscovery, and their only claim is one of honesty - emotionally, intellectually and spiritually.
978 1 74027 844 7, 156pp, $20.00

* Ian McFarlane / The Shapes of Light: rediscovering poetry in a post-poetic age

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My Shout is a collection of poems reaching back to the 1970s and extending almost to the present. The author’s interest in, and obsession with, the use of words began at Elizabeth Vale Primary School, as an old Strathmorean among other Ten Pound Poms in the halcyon days of an expanding education system. Gordon’s working life, as a teacher of drama and of English was a constant reminder of, and inspiration to, his love of words and might well explain the title of this book. Walt Whitman had his barbaric yawp and Gordon himself sometimes enjoys a fully extended howl at the verbal moon. He believes that there is no subject beyond the reach of poetry, and quantum physics, Palaeolithic cave paintings, witchcraft and soccer balls all make an appearance in his work, not to mention the occasional political aside. Now retired and to all intents and purpose living a quietly married life, Gordon is a regular participant at North Eastern Writers, Poets at the Pub and Friendly Street.
978 1 74027 930 7, 84pp, $20.00

* Gordon McPherson / My Shout

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'...exhibits a strong intelligence and a broad range of poetic perspective... His polished tentativeness...has a refreshing modesty not commonly found in modern writing.' - JAS Review of Books
1 74027 114 9, 72pp, $16.50

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Tim Metcalf / Corvus

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'...writing with intelligence and asperity...wit worth the reading.' - Canberra Times
'All poets write their psyches, but in these revealing vignettes Metcalf does so more than most, and deserves congratulations and thanks for doing so.' - Muse
1 74027 168 8, 63pp, $18.00

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Tim Metcalf / Cut to the Word

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The third collection by this startlingly original poet.
'There is excellent work in this collection...' - Muse
Highly Commended, Poetry, ACT Publishing Awards 2004
1 74027 167 X, 76pp, $20.00

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Tim Metcalf / Into the No Zone

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One hundred poems, a historical sketch and select bibliography record a blossoming of poetry concerned to locate the human firmly at the centre of a clinical world that often has other priorities.
'...invites readers to face the ubiquitous fears of illness, mental imbalance and death with an unflinching sense of empathy and understanding.' - Five Bells
1 74027 369 9, 147pp, $27.50

Tim Metcalf (editor) / Verbal Medicine

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The fourth stunning collection from this award-winning poet and physician.
978 1 74027 473 9, 96pp, $25.00

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Tim Metcalf / The Solution to Us

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The fifth collection from this acclaimed poet, a practising physician.
978 1 74027 654 2, 104pp, $35.00

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Tim Metcalf / The Effective Butterfly

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In his first collection of verse, poet James Milenkovic offers a fresh vision of the Australian landscape and its people, both ancient and modern. Under his pen, the land assumes a dreamy, ambiguous and almost enigmatic quality that sometimes thwarts and sometimes amazes its human inhabitants. Readers will take much pleasure in the situations and vignettes depicted in Milenkovic’s poems. They give rise to a splendid yet subdued display of thoughts and emotions. Themes of frustration and impotency, hope and joy resound throughout this anthology, alongside an exploration of the pleasures and intricacies of relationships and a gentle contemplation of death and other unknowable outcomes. Using recurring images of water and sun, light and shadow, together with his idiosyncratic use and placement of words and phrases, Milenkovic juxtaposes the concrete with the abstract to present a fresh perspective on a range of dilemmas and situations that are common to our human existence.
978 1 76041 073 5, 80pp, $18.00

* James Milenkovic / Salt and Petals

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‘What is impressive is the ambit of this collection, the way Morgan explores with equal authority the natural world, history, mythology, the vagaries of humankind, and grief. A finely-tuned intelligence shines through these poems, which are lexically rich and jam-packed with precise imagery. Her poems marry the down-to-earth to the numinous; they make evident the breadth of Morgan’s engagement with life and with language, and her passion for fusing the two.’ - Kathryn Lomer
978 1 74027 579 8, 74pp, $18.00

* Anne Morgan / A Reckless Descent from Eternity

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Whether they be in China, Cambridge, country Australia or suburban streets, Ann Nadge reflects on and recreates experiences which 'corrugate the heart', leading to moments of insight and new awareness.
1 74027 220 X, 125pp, $20.00

Ann Nadge / Corrugations

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Poems drawing on the intersecting landscapes of memory, travel and reflection. Inspired by John Rose playing a fence at Milparinka, the title poem explores the interplay of landscape and human creativity and fences that join or divide.
1 74027 272 2, 110pp, $22.50

Ann Nadge / Fence Music

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In her third collection, Ann Nadge explores the ways in which single or cumulative experiences shift the light of our understanding, bringing new insights. Her subject matter ranges from reflections on Florence to a walk in Manly.
1 74027 355 9, 102 pages, $20.00

Ann Nadge / Shifting Light

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Ann Nadge’s fourth collection. The poems reflect the sometimes subtle, sometimes forceful ways in which perception impacts on the margins of experience and on our understanding of ourselves in time and place.
978 1 74027 471 5, 88pp, $22.00

Ann Nadge / Occupying Silence

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‘The barest record is enough.’ At the heart of this collection lies a sequence of poems created by combining verbatim phrases and fragments from the letters of Keats, Shelley, Mary Shelley, Wordsworth, T.E. Lawrence, Wilfred Owen and Virginia Woolf. The letter fragment poems bring the writers’ voices to life, the barest of records from two centuries speaking of love, faith, loss, journeying and war – souls reaching from boundless, solitary places.
978 1 74027 592 7, 86pp, $22.00

Ann Nadge / The Barest Record

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‘This delightful compilation of poems by the South Australian Ginninderra Poets serves to continue the acknowledged presence of poetry as an identified and treasured element of family life at The Cedars. The works selected, along with Kevin Stead’s drawings, capture the unique spirit of this very special place.’ - Allan Campbell, Curator of The Cedars
978 1 74027 655 9, 104pp, $20.00

Ann Nadge (editor) / That Which My Eyes See: Words & pictures from Hans Heysen’s The Cedars

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First Refuge is a collection of poems marking the twentieth birthday of Ginninderra Press as an independent Australian publisher. In 2006, to celebrate Ginninderra Press’s tenth birthday, fifty poems were selected by Michael Byrne and published in the collection entitled On Common Water. As well as more recent voices, many of the poets represented in that book are included here in First Refuge. Although the poems in First Refuge focus on the single theme of social justice, the voices are as diverse as the Ginninderra Press poets themselves. Readers will find keen observation, confronting insights and enduring hope as they engage with these poems, created out of the poets’ own contemplative space, or first refuge in the face of challenge. Beyond a celebration of years, this collection reflects the vision of Stephen Matthews to open up opportunities for Australian poets who so often give their voice to the unheard.
978 1 76041 141 1, 100pp, $20.00

* Ann Nadge (editor) / First Refuge: Poems on social justice

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Blundstones and a Brown Dog is about living in the real world with your heart and your eyes wide open. This collection, written over a twenty-five-year period, speaks about the perplexity of simple things: love, death, longing, friendship, hope. Its voice is human, fallible, incomplete. It’s about the journey and the dreaming; it’s about lives as precious and fragile as fine china.
Christopher Nailer was born in New Zealand. He is married to Helen, has daughters Ruth and Lindsay, and a brown dog. He’s had various careers so far and now teaches in Canberra.
978 1 74027 392 3, 72pp, $20.00

* Christopher Nailer / Blundstones and a Brown Dog

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January, Melbourne, hot mid-summer. The holidays fizzle in a kind of endless dryness. A heat haze off the bitumen and the ache of the afternoon sun. A bunch of kids starts grade six at Peel Street School. It’s the high tide of the post-war migrant boom; every term there’s someone new – from England, Ireland, Italy, Greece, Germany, Hungary, Holland, Russia… It’s a magical year, the last year of innocence, a year poised between new growth and the hardening of a tangible future – the last year before adolescence decides who will thrive, who will struggle and who will falter…
978 1 74027 615 3, 68pp, $18.00

* Christopher Nailer / Peel Street

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‘With this, her first published collection of poetry, Jill Nevile demonstrates that contemporary verse need not be oblique or obscure. She writes with an intriguing and refreshing candour on topics as diverse as her life in Britain, her flirtations with Greece and her love affair with Australia. Writing in both free and traditional verse, Jill conveys her acute observations and unerring eye for detail with great skill. Whether reminiscing on past attachments or celebrating the joy of nature and her surrounds, Jill Nevile’s poetry is clear, succinct and, above all, a pleasure to read.’ - Vic Jefferies, award-winning poet
978 1 74027 631 3, 64pp, $18.00

* Jill Nevile / A Scent of Pines

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‘Though its title suggests a dark netherworld, the poems in swimming underground offer striking glimpses into the past, present and possible future. Some movingly recall childhood trauma, others celebrate iconic Sydney places and people such as Cockatoo Island and Mr Eternity. There are pointed satires of Centrelink bureaucracy and the current appalling treatment of refugees. And, finally, a vision of a world where peace is the rule rather than the exception. Whether celebrating or denouncing, Jenni Nixon’s voice is compelling and evocative.’ - Emeritus Professor Elizabeth Webby AM
‘These evocative poems bring to life the complexity and beauty of Sydney and its outsider citizens and history. These deeply moving fragments of a city's life take us “underground” by stirring our own deepest memories, especially through a vivid sense of place. Nixon takes us around the harbour and through the streets of Sydney. We smell the salt and hear the cries of birds and people. And we remember. This is a marvellous collection.’ - Julie McCrossin, journalist and broadcaster
‘Jenni Nixon is a performer and political poet par excellence… Nixon’s is the voice of the twenty-first century and her strident protests leave no sacred cows upstanding… Lines delivered with the rapid-fire intensity of an expert cannot fail to find their mark.’ - Dr Margaret Bradstock, Agenda!
'Jenni’s poetry works as well as it does because she controls her poetic style and her voice. The result is that she deals with insanity and its benign counterpart, eccentricity; suicide; alcoholism and sobriety; and successfully celebrates the marginalised because of her stance, her perspective. It is the tone of the work - that thing which is so very difficult to define but which is essential to good poetry - which binds the politics with the poetry, the personal with the general.' - Rochford Street Review
978 1 76041 023 0, 90pp, $20.00

* jenni nixon / swimming underground

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A trip to China in 2007 was the catalyst for this collection. Rapid changes are taking place there, yet many people are still clinging to the past. This observation led Barbara Olds to examine how our experiences colour our lives and, by inference, our souls.
'You have a wonderful sense of time and handle memory with great delicacy, handle it poetically. And you do so well with colours.' - Sam Pickering
978 1 74027 851 5, 78pp, $20.00

Barbara Olds / Painted Souls

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'Sit quietly with these poems and you’ll come to know how stillness can come alive with blossom, memory, playfulness, birdsong, companionship, prayer, mystery.' - Peter Bishop, Creative Director, Varuna – The Writers' House
‘...introduces us to a skilful writer whose subjects range without strain from the domestic fantasies that a cocktail cabinet could invite, to Belfast, from the realms of childhood to those of politics.’ - Canberra Times
Runner-up, Poetry, ACT Writing & Publishing Awards 2010
978 1 74027 580 4, 80pp, $20.00

Moya Pacey / The Wardrobe

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Almost 200 sonnets written by Australians since 1945.
'...reading was like finding a collection of small gems...a superb selection...' - Muse
'...most definitely worth buying...' - Quadrant
'...fine collection...' - Canberra Times
Winner, Poetry, ACT Publishing Awards 2004
Indigo
1 74027 218 8, 112pp, $20.00

Geoff Page (editor) / Indigo Book of Modern Australian Sonnets

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Christopher Palmer was born in Brisbane in 1969 and raised in the UK. He has lived in many places since returning to Australia in 1987, and currently lives in Canberra, where he completed a PhD in the biological sciences in 2005. He’s happiest in the ecotone between the arts and sciences, and moves habitually between both. His poetry has been published since 2002. The poems in this volume range across forms, subjects, geography and time, exploring the kinds of relationships that people have. Afterlives is his first collection. Of the poems ‘Gallipoli, dawn’ and ‘Epitaph’, Gig Ryan writes, ‘Gallipoli tourists “stand like crosses”, or a television establishes its “reich”, that is, his unique vision unearths a bleak, though sometimes darkly humorous, landscape of turmoil from what had previously seemed familiar and benign.’
978 1 76041 165 7, 66pp, $18.00

* Christopher Palmer / Afterlives

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Jessica Raschke uses words as shards, reflecting fragmented emotional states. Her poems in this collection, Luscious Glass Cage, glisten with confidence as they ricochet between the abstract and the deeply felt. But feelings are seen as capable of deception and, like reflections in a mirror, they are reversed and distorted. Despite a strong feeling for ambiguity, Raschke’s poems hold a certain intimacy and the promise of revelation.
978 1 74027 501 9, 42pp, $16.00

* Jessica Raschke / Luscious Glass Cage

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Enter The Beguilings, a seductive world of striking poems that break through the confines of expectation in love, intimacy and identity. By turns illuminating and provocative, Jessica Raschke’s second poetry collection reveals connections and collision points between sensual and spiritual needs. Raschke’s writing is testimony to the beautiful truth of emotion and the pleasures of relinquishing control to find release.
978 1 74027 609 2, 44pp, $16.00

* Jessica Raschke / The Beguilings

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'Stuart Rees's poems are ablaze with a passion for world peace and social justice, and they offer pungent analysis of the sources of conflict in all its guises and disguises. His distinctive poetic voice is fresh, honest and urgently timely.' - Professor Bob White, Australian Research Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, University of Western Australia.
'In his poetry and his public life, Stuart Rees is one of the most humane voices of our generation, a writer always committed to passionately illuminating issues of truth and justice and maybe the biggest question of all, for 21st century Australians at least: what does it mean to be human?' - Roberta Lowing, poet, author of the Iraq war sequence Ruin, co-winner of the 2011 Asher Literary Award
‘The issues with which he deals are vital issues, fundamental to human life and well-being… This is a book by a highly intelligent, profoundly moral man, a compassionate and rational thinker, who has obviously read a lot of poetry…’ - Australian Poetry Journal
978 174027 870 6, 244pp, $27.50

Stuart Rees / A Will to Live

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Michael Robinson’s poetry has appeared in numerous journals. In 2009, he was awarded the Gwen Harwood Poetry Prize and he was runner-up for the 2007 Tom Collins Poetry Prize. The Tiger in the Vineyard, his first full-length collection, is shaped by wide personal experience of pressing social issues. The poems reflect a commitment to verse that is lucid, structured, accessible and vivid and draws on its tradition, and a deeply felt concern for the disadvantaged and traumatised. Written in a range of variations on traditional forms and free structures, the poems are grounded in a sense of the dignity and worth of human nature, whatever its circumstances.
‘Combines serious social concern with keen perception of both the beauty and the ugliness of the physical world, all presented in a masterfully controlled formal context.’ – Sarah Day and Tim Thorne
‘Spoke for generations…finely built, full of pathos.’ – Peter Bibby
978 1 76041 016 2, 78pp, $18.00

* Michael Robinson / The Tiger in the Vineyard

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The Sun Behind the Sun covers a great diversity of subjects, moods, and scenes, with four distinct threads interweaving their way through the collection. Journeys, the nature of time, the four seasons, and that question with so many possible answers: what is real, and what is illusory? As for the collection's title, read the last poem, decode it, and you'll have an answer.
'This collection of poems intertwines images and reflections from Ireland and Australia, using the migration of geese and the sharply contrasting natural environment to make a very satisfying whole. Each poem stands alone but, read together, make the unfamiliar familiar and comforting.' - Adele Ogier Jones
'This book is one that all lovers of good poetry should add to their libraries. It will become dog-eared from the pleasure of constant reading and re-reading.' - Beyond the Rainbow
‘…a book to be enjoyed for its own sake, its quality of fine, delicately balanced verses, and the line-by-line artistry of words and rhythms… All of these poems dip into reality and turn it to beautiful music. Only a talented poet can do that.’ - The Write Angle
978 1 74027 860 7, 70pp, $18.50

* Adrian Rogers / The Sun Behind the Sun

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Migration has played a large part in Australia’s history and culture since 1788, and in this collection Adrian Rogers reflects on the migrant experience, evoking the northern hemisphere through his knowledge of Ireland and setting it against the reality of modern Australia, thereby highlighting both the differences and similarities between the two hemispheres, seeking in the end to reconcile both.
978 1 74027 921 5, 94pp, $20.00

* Adrian Rogers / Between Two Hemispheres

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‘John Sabine writes with the authority and gentle humour of experience. As I savoured this collection of his poetry, I felt like a child at the knee of a venerable grandfather, listening, absorbing with wonder the things he was opening my eyes and senses to. Yet I also found myself thinking, ‘Oh yes, I know just what you mean…’ when he writes of love, children, art and nature. John’s words are sometimes serious, sometimes light-hearted, but I was always aware of his eye for detail, an eye that is constantly twinkling.’ - Brenda Eldridge
978 1 74027 774 4, 90pp, $20.00

* John Sabine / On Thinking About It

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Brenda Saunders is an artist and writer of Aboriginal and British descent. She has read in several poetry events with the Sydney Writers’ Festival and is a member of DiVerse poets, who present their ekphrastic poetry at public art exhibitions in Sydney. Brenda was awarded the 2012 Varuna Dorothy Hewett Poetry Fellowship and in 2013 a CAMAC Fellowship to work in France.
‘Rich with insight and sensuous music, the sound of red radiates real power and authority.’ - Deb Westbury
‘The strength of Brenda Saunders’ work is her ability to place you, absolutely, at a point of seeing. Beyond ekphrastic, these poems describe the palette of being, in exceptional ways. Herself a fine artist, Saunders creates small poetic masterpieces which respond tautly to place, the train wreck of life and art.’ - Anna Kerdijk Nicholson
978 1 74027 799 0, 76pp, $20.00

Brenda Saunders / the sound of red

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‘Megan Schaffner knows how poetry works. She knows the way a strong poem can float you gently to somewhere you’ve never been before/ [where] with luck/ you’ll land wrong side up/ exhilarated/ ready to explore a new country. This is precisely what Megan’s poetry does. As soon as you land, you realise you are in the hands of a consummate guide. Pleasure awaits. This poet-guide is deeply wise and funny. She is thoroughly intelligent and gentle. She is totally without bluster or ego. She chauffeurs you through her country with thoughtfulness, wit and dexterity. She is fearless in the face of the big topics: beauty, dementia, eros, anger, silence, art and war. But a list cannot take you to a country. You simply have to go there. Set off on your travels into this elegant and well-wrought book with high hopes and total confidence. Megan Schaffner knows how poetry works.’ - Dr Gina Mercer
978 1 74027 939 0, 80pp, $20.00

Megan Schaffner / A Poem is a Parachute

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‘Whetting his expressiveness on the everyday, as in “the waitress”, Jim recognises a significance in what appears to be little more than alienated labour. His own translation from illiteracy into art speaks to his trust that all of life might be transformed through the self-emancipation of his class.’ - Humphrey McQueen
‘He’s made a pen of his boning knife and set about eviscerating cant and claptrap. All that accumulated experience, learning, reflecting, sizing up is the muscle behind that blade filleting the body politic, hauling its carcass up on his butcher’s hook; ‘upside down power! wi trickle down-sizin’/and a billion starving people”.’ - Ray Hearne
‘This is a terrific collection of poetry, because it records a life well-lived in a form that gives us a new way to think through the whole notion of living a life well.’ - Now & Then
978 1 74027 606 1, 116pp, $22.50

Jim Sharp / Leftside

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Robin Sinclair lives in the Adelaide Hills, where she paints, writes, walks, gardens and observes. She has a husband who makes puppets, a son who has adventures and writes about it, another who writes verse novels, and a daughter who composes music and teaches others to love it. Family habits include writing silly verse at Christmas and reading the dictionary at mealtimes.
978 1 74027 676 4, 90pp, $20.00

* Robin Sinclair / The Clouds Go Down To Heaven

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Lively and varied, Melinda Smith’s first collection rushes the reader headlong through love, grief, outrage, takoyaki, alienation and football.
978 1 74027 083 0, 54pp, $18.00

* Melinda Smith / Pushing thirty, wearing seventeen

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Mapless in Underland brings more of Melinda Smith’s fresh, surprising poems, deliberately accessible yet intensely thought-provoking.
Praise for the poem ‘Bride and Best Man discuss arrangements’, published in this collection:
‘Melinda Smith captures the danger and desire of an illicit relationship “with sidelong ripple-whispers and the light but tidal tug of Truth or Dare”. Dream world, real world…the poem’s rhymes flow from line to line as seamlessly as wavelets on a sandy shore.’ - Susan Steggall, Introduction to Sharing a Landscape: a celebration of difference (Society of Women Writers NSW, Inc., 2003)
Praise for her previous collection Pushing thirty, wearing seventeen:
Pushing thirty, wearing seventeen created a deep reflective space in me that I was reluctant to fill with words… [T]his fascinating anthology simultaneously stimulates stillness and a quality of unsettled friction.‘ - Liz Darville, Voice
978 1 74027 264 3, 62pp, $18.00

* Melinda Smith / Mapless in Underland

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The poems in First… Then… explore many different voices from ‘planet autism’ – from verbal and non-verbal autistic children to autistic men and women, to parents, carers and siblings. The focus is on the experience of living with autism, but you do not need to know or be an autistic person to enjoy this book. The poems are by turns moving, harrowing and laugh-out-loud funny and provide a unique window into a much misunderstood facet of the human experience.
978 1 74027 734 1, 48pp, $16.00

* Melinda Smith / First... Then... : poems from planet autism

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I hope readers will enjoy this collection from my own dreaming. Poems are collections of words assembled to express personal passions and as such may well reveal more than they conceal.
978 1 74027 817 1, 78pp, $18.00

* Peter Strawhan / Palace of Dreams: Selected Poems 1973-2012

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A new collection from the author of Palace of Dreams.
978 1 76041 069 8, 128pp, $22.50

* Peter Strawhan / Hear the Pennies Dropping

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Life’s Puddings

You’ve turned to the back to decide if you’ll purchase this book
I’ll tell you how
A villanelle can offer you life as you take a new look

At mind-boggling moments no simple good sentence will brook
I’ll make you a vow
That you’ll do it too if you follow the scope of this book

As wordsmith bad moments I’ve writ as some limp-wristed sook
Or a tail-flicking cow
But a villanelle transforms those efforts anew with its look

If you’ve searched for the flavour and culinary magic a cook
Who stirs words can endow
I offer some recipes plated by me in this book

And what do I think of the effort and time that it took?
Did it tempt me to cry?
No ‘cos it offered me meaning which props up each look

At my life and its puddings the mixtures an oven turns crook
But hope cannot die
A villanelle offered its form its rhyming and look
Which I pray will prove useful to you if you do buy this book

978 1 74027 761 7, 64pp, $20.00

Jill Sutton / Villanelles

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'There is a world beyond the blue sky we only catch glimpses of behind the white clouds high above us. Yet this is a world we cannot and should not ever see too clearly. Drawn from the five different "realms" of the sea, the middle country, the underworld, the forests and the country of old, Noriko Tanaka’s third collection, From the Middle Country, is born of that human longing to somehow explore this unknowable space. We stand with Noriko in the Middle Country of our contemporary uncertain reality ever aware of the womb of the sea, of the underworld of the dead, of the protection offered by mothers of old and the chaotic magic of the woods. Cleverly blending word and image to compress her emotion into a deeply layered fabric of meaning, Noriko encourages her readers to explore how and why they are drawn to these other worlds.' - Dr Carol Hayes, Australian National University
9781740279086, 64pp, $18.00

* Noriko Tanaka (translated by Amelia Fielden & Saeko Ogi) / From the Middle Country

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‘Gillian Telford’s poems deliver what the title of her collection suggests. Always mindful, often subtle in their argument and surprising in their intensity, these poems display a range of moods, attitudes and technical approaches to her subjects. Telford is alert to the nuanced signals between people: she can memorably convey family and other social dynamics, and she’s an enviable practitioner of tanka and other forms practised by her admired models.’ - Michael Sharkey
‘Like the restless circling of the ice skater in “The Rush”, these poems have the glide and weave of deep contemplation, the sharp-edge turns of acute perception, and the lifting skirt of a playful sensuality. Throw in an empathetic, artistic eye and the wisdom to seek, in particulars, every truth we need to establish, and you have all the makings of deeply pleasurable poetry.’ - Judy Johnson
978 1 74027 507 1, 80pp, $18.00

* Gillian Telford / Moments of Perfect Poise

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'Michael Thorley's poetry combines wit and emotional depth. His ability to handle both traditional and free verse forms is subtle but very impressive and his range is broad and deep.' - Suzanne Edgar
'...full of taut, sharply observed poems... Thorley works with assurance in a variety of verse forms...' - Canberra Times
Winner, Poetry, ACT Writing & Publishing Awards 2009
Indigo
978 1 74027 498 2, 76pp, $20.00

Michael Thorley / Sleeping Alone

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An engrossing, detailed, moving account of a community dealing with crisis. The Australian landscape, the 1970s, and the sense of Australian character and culture are evocatively portrayed.’ – Nigel Krauth
‘I’m impressed with the wealth of experience and information re-created. Congratulations on such a diverse canvas in such a modest space, alive with affectionate wit and perception.’ – Bruce Dawe
In 1978 Susie Utting and her family lived in Yallourn, during which time this Victorian town was being ‘dug up’ for the coal beneath. In her collection of poems Susie attempts to capture what the town meant to those who lived there over the six decades of its brief existence. The poems were written as part of her doctoral thesis at the University of the Sunshine Coast. An earlier book, Flame in the Fire, was published by Ginninderra Press in 2012.
978 1 76041 022 3, 90pp, $20.00

* Susie Utting / Coal Dust on Roses: last days of a mining town

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‘If Cliché is a democratically elected form of truth, then Rob Walker is sitting as an Independent and disrupting proceedings from the cross-benches. He’s been warned by the Speaker.’ - Mike Ladd (poet, founding presenter/producer of ABC RN’s Poetica)
‘Rob Walker’s Original Clichés is a wry, sardonic, meta-poetic and often very funny exploration of politics, ageing, current affairs, fear, travel, human weaknesses, technology and much more. This is powerful poetry that cuts with razor sharpness through modern pretensions and the clichés we surround ourselves.’ - Magdalena Ball (poet, author, critic, editor of compulsivereader.com)
‘Walker’s Original Clichés is a sample bag of poems which twist and turn, probing themselves, and the world, from odd and ingenious angles. He relishes word play and the play of ideas it spawns, one wry eye trained inward while the other peers archly out onto an almost speculative world where what looks like chance could well be synchronicity.‘ – Michele Seminara (poet, critic and managing editor of Verity La creative arts journal)
‘Rob Walker journeys through the world of the cliché - those that we speak, and those that we live - and shows us how the personal is political and the political personal. He travels around the world in search of cultural clichés and presents us with clichés of family, love, mental illness and even that old poetic stand-by, the moon. These eminently readable poems delight you, amuse and inspire us to re-examine those things which we take for granted. You will never look at a mouse plague the same way!’ - Tracey Korsten (poet, actor, speaker, director, blogger at middleagedlove.com)
978 1 76041 127 5, 104pp, $20.00

* Rob Walker / Original Cliches

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A Season and a Time has poems that are snapshots and poems that read like short stories. They scan Ireland's green fields and Australia's ochre earth. Inspiration comes from a snowdrop, a telephone call, a broken musical instrument, a night spent in sub-zero temperatures in the Snowy Mountains. The subject matter ranges from activities that inspire, through the everyday, to behaviour that degrades. The title of this collection and the title poem, 'A Season and a Time', were inspired by the book of Ecclesiastes - 'There is a season and a time for every purpose under heaven.' 'Words', William Hazlitt said, 'are the only things that last forever.' Words, simply repeated, can become repetitious. New poems renew words.
978 1 74027 843 0, 42pp, $17.50

* Maurice Whelan / A Season and a Time

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Extravagance is Irene Wilkie's second collection. Throughout, she demonstrates a delight in the natural world and its inhabitants. At the same time, she treats, often with a wry humour, the more serious aspects of growing older, loss and environmental concerns. There is strong enquiry with empathy into the dilemma of humankind in the face of a vast and mindless universe, a question lightened by colour in the visual and the aural image...
978 1 74027 812 6, 68pp, $22.00

Irene Wilkie / Extravagance

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A bird-loving man: haiku and tanka collects haiku, tanka, haibun, tanka prose and sequences from a variety of locations and experiences. Rodney Williams’ poems have a thoughtful musicality and romance, a sense of humour and sadness to which many people will relate. The poems are carefully crafted, honest and unsentimental, working well on many levels and eliciting a variety of genuine emotions in the reader. They have such sharp details that one can immediately visualise the context. Here we encounter poems that readers living in Australia will be able to interpret with their direct knowledge of local birds, beaches, forests and wildlife. But this is not to say that international readers will not also enjoy the poems, as many are broadly relevant to life.’ - Patricia Prime, editor Kokako (NZ)
978 1 74027 800 3, 84pp, $20.00

* Rodney Williams / A bird-loving man: haiku and tanka

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In this dusty rear-view mirror: 55 poems is a travelogue of the soul - anchored by a unifying voice that is authentic, reassuring yet searching. In its scope it draws from a youth spent in the rolling hills (and sometimes dark valleys) of South Gippsland in Victoria, to journeys in middle age through California and the vast deserts of the American south-west. Rodney Williams’ poetry brims with stunning metaphors, a strong affection for the comedic, astute explorations of form, rhythm and style and unusual skill in evoking layered atmospherics, in both the human and natural worlds. This is a collection born of an unquenchable fascination with words in all their hues and configurations, a deep respect for literary tradition and a heartfelt desire to celebrate with great intelligence the shared experiences which bind us. As In this dusty rear-view mirror itself suggests, Rodney Williams is alert to what has gone before, whilst keeping a firm view on the road ahead - always on the lookout for a new intersection.’ - Peter Roberts (author of A Sort of Homecoming)
978 1 74027 936 9, 122pp, $22.50

* Rodney Williams / In this dusty rear-view mirror: 55 poems

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Mark Willing lives in Melbourne, where he works as a teacher. His poetry has been published in magazines and journals including Verandah, Small Packages, Five Bells, Centoria and Blue Dog.
978 1 74027 704 4, 76pp, $18.00

* Mark Willing / Spirit Level

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