Nance Cookson / How Sweet the Blackbird Sings
A very enjoyable new collection of delightfully quirky but exhilaratingly thought-provoking short poems from this popular and versatile writer, who lives on the New South Wales south coast.
Judith E.P. Johnson / Alone at the Window: haiku & senryu
‘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
Judith E.P. Johnson / where it leads: haiku & senryu
Most delightfully we meet the poet in these words as we find ourselves moved by that which moves her, sharing a few moments along this winding path, where it leads…’ - Simon Hanson
Judith E.P. Johnson / Waking from Dreams: haiku & senryu
'Judith E. P. Johnson has that crucial characteristic for haiku poets, an ability to notice the minor miracles of ordinary existence - a blackbird bathing in a dog’s bowl, daisies ankle-deep on a lawn, the reflection of a jasmine flower in a rain puddle - these are acute observations that transform everyday life into fine haiku.' - Stephen Addiss, author of The Art of Haiku
Lizz Murphy / Walk the Wildly
Walk the Wildly with Lizz Murphy in this, her fifth collection of poetry, where winter is a lumbering lantern-jawed season, spring is a baking back, untimely frost a trollop. There are women of precise skirts, men with shipwrecked backs and locals who inspect the brash blue, foreheads strained like fence wire.
Judith E.P. Johnson / between two moons
‘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
Ali Cobby Eckermann / little bit long time
‘In little bit long time we experience a true poet’s strong and singing voice… She has a tradition of innovators behind her - poets from Oodgeroo Noonuccal to Lionel Fogarty - who also experimented with writing the spoken word and creating new forms. When I first heard Ali read these poems I wanted copies immediately so I could spread the word.’ - Robert Adamson
Judith E.P. Johnson / Only the Waves: haiku & senryu
Judith E.P. Johnson allows her subjects to breathe new life through her haiku and senryu.
Melinda Smith / First... Then... : poems from planet autism
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.
Indrani Perera / Defenestration
‘…apt and enjoyable image and rhythm…deftly made…’ - The Canberra Times
Michael Byrne / A Man of Emails
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.
Susan McCreery / Waiting for the Southerly
'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
Stephen Mallick / Just a Moment
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.
Mel Hall / The Choir of Gravediggers
The Choir of Gravediggers takes us back to late nineteenth century Melbourne; a cemetery and a church, choral singing, grave-trafficking, pet incineration, a shipwreck, competitive flower arranging, and one man struck by lightning. Based on extensive primary research, this historical novella is an impressive work of fiction.
Kathy Abrahams / Skies of My Dreams
Kathy Abrahams was born in Fremantle, Western Australia, and then moved to Busselton in the south-west of the state, about three hours from Perth. She is a member of the Society of Women Writers WA and edits one of their postal workshop magazines.
Jessica Raschke / Luscious Glass Cage
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.
Melinda Jane / Nature's Nuptials
Traverse landscapes, ride in a race, cut skylines and paste metaphors on your lips. Melinda Jane’s poetical words are as refreshing as a steaming cup.
Maurice Whelan / A Season and a Time
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.
Geoff Neville / Haven't Lost My Dreams
I use the written word to say thanks to all those who have inspired me, argued with me and been my friends over the years.
Bruce Dawe / Blind Spots
In Blind Spots, Bruce Dawe (author of such popular poetry collections as Condolences of the Season and Sometimes Gladness) turns his ironic wit and poetic skills to dramatise the unexpected termination of Kevin Rudd as our PM, Julia Gillard’s subsequent term of office, and Kevin Rudd’s return.