Urban Myths: 210 Poems : New & Selected

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Univ. of Queensland Press, 2006 - Literary Criticism - 321 pages
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Winner 2006 CJ Dennis Prize for Poetry (Victorian Premier's Literary Awards)

Urban Myths: 210 Poems brings the best work to date from a poet considered one of the most original of his generation in Australia, together with a generous selection of new work. Smart, wry and very stylish, John Tranter’s poems investigate the vagaries of perception and the ability of language to converge life, imagination and art so that we arrive, unexpectedly, at the deepest human mysteries.


JUDGES REPORT - Victorian Premier's Literary Awards

The new and uncollected poems in John Tranter’s Urban Myths make a significant addition to his oeuvre. Control and ease are evident in the writing, which displays personages, occasions and moods of the metropolitan modern world. Tranter’s latest poems refresh through the exercise of urbane skills: this is a poet suave and playful, but never aloof; linguistically various, assured in style, and never less than fully attentive.

 

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Contents

from Borrowed Voices 2002
1
from Red Movie and Other Poems 1972
10
from The Blast Area 1974
26
100 Sonnets 1977
50
from Dazed in the Ladies Lounge 1979
58
from Selected Poems 1982
73
from The Floor of Heaven 1992
104
from At The Florida 1993
127
from Borrowed Voices 2002
211
from Studio Moon 2003
226
UNCOLLECTED POEMS 19852OOO
269
new poems The Malley Variations
276
new poems Europe
293
new poems Speech to Text
300
new poems At the Movies
312
from Selected Poems 1982
319

from Gasoline Kisses 1997
166
from Blackout 2000
181

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About the author (2006)

John Tranter is a leading contemporary English-language poet. He has published over twenty collections of verse and several anthologies and has given more than one hundred readings and talks around the world. He has visited New York City over twenty times, and has lived in London, Melbourne, Singapore, and elsewhere, and is now based in Sydney. He is the founding editor of the free Internet magazine Jacket (now Jacket2 at UPenn), and the founder of the Australian Poetry Library project, which publishes over 40,000 poems on the Internet, as well as the Journal of Poetics Research.

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