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Books April 11, 2015

Sentenced to Life

[TOC:ul In this story] Joshu Sasaki Roshi (1907-2014), Rinzai Zen teacher and long-time friend of Leonard Cohen, once apologised to the poet and songwriter, saying “Excuse me for not dying.”  Roshi was in his 90s when he made that apology. Clive …

Books April 04, 2015

Waiting for the Past

[TOC:ul In this story] Les Murray has gone from being seen as the finest of his generation to Australia’s pre-eminent poet, a potential Nobel laureate. His position in Australian literature now seems unshakeable, and while there are a number of poets …

Books November 29, 2014


[TOC:ul In this story] L. K. Holt’s first two poetry collections received generous critical attention. Her first book, Man Wolf Man (2009), won the Kenneth Slessor Prize, and Patience, Mutiny (2010) was awarded the prestigious Grace …

Books May 24, 2014


[TOC:ul In this story] Attention to design detail is clearly important to Inkerman & Blunt, also recently the publisher of Australian Love Poems. Captives does not disappoint. Sadly, the design is this book’s most enduring quality. Flash, …

Books May 03, 2014

The End of the World

[TOC:ul In this story] American critic William Logan described Amy Clampitt’s poetry as the product of a mind “determined by its elsewheres”. This suggestion could well apply to the poetry of Maria Takolander. The End of the World is her …