Winner: Mary Gilmore Award for a first book of poems (2006), Short-listed:The AgeBook of the Year Award (2005), Short-listed: New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards (2005), Short-listed: Western Australian Premier's Literary Awards (2005), Short-listed: The Melbourne Prize for Literature (New Writing Award) (2006). The calendar discreetly points out that our days are numbered. David McCooey is an elegist of the everyday. His poems combine minimalism and intensity, elegance and emotion. Finely crafted and edged with wit, they offer a kind of unsentimental nostalgia, a passionate irony.Blister Pack is a first collection of immense control and variety which has the haunting resonance of music.
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