The Well Mouth

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Fremantle Arts Centre Press, 2005 - Poetry - 93 pages
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This brilliant new collection by Philip Salom recalls his internationally acclaimed Sky Poems and confirms his reputation as one of Australia's major poets of imagination and narrative invention. At the bottom of a well, a woman who has been murdered and dumped by corrupt police dreams the voices of people who have recently died. Deep underground, she is the silent witness and narrator of their earth poemsas she drifts in artesian streams towards the coast. The Well Mouth is a work of empathy and unexpectedness. It is lyrical and sardonic, humorous and bare, and it accumulates into a work of great beauty and grace. As one of Australia's most distinguished writers, Philip Salom has been awarded many prizes for his writing including the Christopher Brennan Award (2004), The Percival Serle Bequest Prize (2003), The Commonwealth Prize for First Book - London (1981), The Western Australia Premier's Award for Fiction (1992) and the Newcastle Poetry Prize (2000). The Well Mouth is Philip Sal

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Born in 1950 in Western Australia and brought up on a dairy farm in Brunswick Junction, Philip Salom is one of Australia's most lauded poets. He has twice won the prestigious Commonwealth Poetry Prize which is awarded for the best book in the British Commonwealth. Sky Poems was the only poetry title shortlisted for The Age Book of the Year in 1987 and later won the West Australian Premier's Prize for poetry in 1988. In 1993 Feeding the Ghost was shortlisted for both the National Book Council Poetry Award and the Victorian Premier's Prize. The Rome Air Naked arose out the year he spent as the inaugural Resident in the B.R. Whiting Library Apartment in Rome, and was published by Penguin in 1996. Recently he has been working on incorporating poetry and multi-media on his web site. His latest publication New and Selected Poems was launched this year. Philip is married, teaching Creative Writing at Murdoch University, and working on three new books. Of Salom's work:

'Philip Salom's poems are proof of the power that is in the form. His subjects are more urgent than most and his technique rises to brilliance'
Michael Sharkey

' energetic, intelligent and assertive poetic personality'
The Weekend Australian

'As well as zest and sensuality, Salom has an odd, fresh range of perception'
Times Literary Supple

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