The Best Australian Poems 2011

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John Tranter
Black Inc., 2011 - Australian poetry - 224 pages
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'What a rich, strange and diverse lot these poems turned out to be ... I suspect that these baroque and potent imaginings can only have come into existence as fragments of dreams or nightmares.' - John Tranter
In "The Best Australian Poems 2011," celebrated poet John Tranter selects the most vigorous, varied and interesting poems of the last year. This sparkling collection shines a light on the phantasmagorical nature of poetry, evoking images, transformations and events that range from the playful to the melancholy by way of exuberance and satire. Featuring award-winning poems alongside brand-new works, as well as a mix of emerging and renowned poets, this is a volume of surreal beauty and emotional resonance.
Poets include: Robert Adamson, Ali Alizadeh, Jude Aquilina, Ken Bolton, Pam Brown, joanne burns, Sarah Day, Bruce Dawe, Kate Fagan, Michael Farrell, Angela Gardner, Geoff Goodfellow, Lisa Gorton, Jennifer Harrison, Sarah Holland-Batt, Jill Jones, Cate Kennedy, Andy Kissane, Mike Ladd, Kate Lilley, Jennifer Maiden, David McCooey, Les Murray, Ouyang Yu, Felicity Plunkett, Peter Rose, Gig Ryan, Jaya Savige, Thomas Shapcott, Craig Sherborne, Pete Spence, Peter Steele, Maria Takolander, Andrew Taylor, Tim Thorne, Chris Wallace-Crabbe, Alan Wearne and many more...

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User Review  - Kasia James - Goodreads

This is a great book to have by your bedside - a little breath of something to take your mind somewhere else just before you sleep. It was actually my Christmas present to myself, and what a little ... Read full review

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User Review  - Mike - Goodreads

Big improvement on 2011, which I found contained a lot of dense, obscure, deliberately obtuse poems. This year's selection is more accessible. Good to see several talented South Australians in the collection. Read full review


Robert Adamson The Sibyls Avenue
Ken Bolton The Funnies
Kevin Brophy The Sublime
Grant Caldwell the lights are on
Paul OLoughlin Reconfigured
Felicity Plunkett Cyclone Plotting
Peter Rose Cicerone
Michael Sariban The Place in Darkness
Michael Sharkey Heroes of Australia
Peter Steele The Knowledge
Helen Thurloe Ambulance thinking
Meredith Wattison Happiness
Ron Wilkins Poolside Reflections
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John Tranter is the author of more than twenty books. His 2006 poetry collection Urban Myths: 210 Poems: New and Selected won multiple awards, including the Victorian, NSW and South Australian Premiers' Prizes. His latest book is Starlight: 150 Poems.

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