Compared to what: Selected Poems 1971-2003

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Shearsman Books, 2005 - Poetry - 223 pages
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Laurie Duggan was born in Melbourne in 1949 and lives in Brisbane. He is the author of eleven collections of poetry in Australia, including the remarkable volume "The Ash Range" (1987), which won the Victorian Premier's New Writing Award, and also a volume of cultural history "Ghost Nation: Imagined Space and Australian Visual Culture 1901-1939" (2001). This book is Duggan's first collection to be published in Britain and the USA, and is a career overview which introduces a vibrant and colourful new voice which will sound familiar at first - with its obvious influences from the New York School - but will then sound stranger, as a distinctive Australian element emerges, an element moreover that communicates well across borders. Shearsman Books publishes a new edition of "The Ash Range" simultaneously with this volume.

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Contents

19711986
11
Sydney Notes 1977
25
Peasant Mandarin 1979
40
Blue Hills 4 1980
53
Stars
67
Ardengo Soffici
81
Mashed Potatoes 1986
92
Compared To What 1986
93
Blue Hills 25 1990
121
At The BarCode Ranch 1992
137
The minutes 1994
151
More Dogs 19892003
172
Blue Hills 50 2002
176
The Submerged Cathedral 2001
191
Florida 2001
204
Copyright

It might as well be spring and all 1989
108

About the author (2005)

Laurie Duggan is a poet, editor and translator born in Melbourne, Australia in 1949. He attended Monash University, moved to Sydney where he became involved in the scene around John Tranter's magazine Scripsi. He taught at several colleges in Australia before moving to England where he now lives and works.

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