Poetry

Cactus

$19.95

Throughout his forties and fifties Phillip found himself on a sticky wicket: the grief for his baby son and younger brothers, suicide attempts, self-harming, the premature termination of his career, and the failure of religious belief to explain or console. In and out of psychiatric care, he has been treated for PTSD, severe depression and social anxiety. There are consolations: family, companion greyhounds, Sunshine, the Western Bulldogs and Australian Football, books, the fine and performing arts but, for Phillip, this remains a time of loss and despair. This is, therefore, a collection of lamentations, achingly focused on what it is to live with poor mental health, but it is also a defiant celebration of survival and the redeeming power of familial love, sport and the arts.

Anamnesis

$19.95

True to its title, the poems in O’Hagan’s second poetry collection, Anamnesis, allude to a world hovering at the edges of our minds, one that can be sensed and yet lies, teasingly, just beyond conscious reach. The arc of poems through time and distance represents a summoning up of, and immersion in, small moments which reveal themselves to be quietly momentous; a distillation of personal experience from which we feel there is something to be collectively gleaned. The recovery of memory in its various facets is explored, and the poetry that emerges is both poignant and lyrical.

Finalist in the Eric Hoffer Book Award (US) (Poetry Category), 2023.

Shortlisted in the Rubery Book Award (UK) (Poetry Category), 2023

Finalist in the Eyelands Book Awards (Greece) (Poetry Category), 2023

A Coat of Ashes

$14.95

Jackson’s new collection traverses science and spirituality, philosophy and matter. Drawing from physics, systems theory, Daoism and more, it contemplates profound questions about our place within a world of being. With deft silences and fine observations, these poems explore both modern and ancient paths to knowledge, seeking to ‘fully apprehend nature, including our fellow beings, and foster a reverent respect for it’.

Weathered

$19.95

Weathered explores the era in which we find ourselves – the Anthropocene – and how we are transforming the world on a cataclysmic scale. The climate emergency is altering our weather, landscapes and our connections to place. Covid-19 has upended our social systems and sense of security. Circling the intimate connections between place, memory and identity, these poems trace the psychological fallout of anthropogenic change to our ecologies and climactic patterns. Weathered weaves together the physical, emotional, and social landscapes transfigured by the Anthropocene and Covid-19 into a poetic history of memory and transformation.

Lover, Where Are Your Eyes?

$19.95

‘This debut volume by Asha is crammed with rich and richly surprising poems, all of them characterised by sharp-edged observation, vivid images, and many a quirky turn of phrase. These poems take all that is familiar about lyric poetry, and lift it to a new plane of operation, in voice and presence, shifts of tone, close critique, and unexpected twists of humour. And whether the poems are about overwatering plants, anticipating another war, or sex parties held by cockroaches, they are infused with ethical sensibility, and always generous encounters with the perplexing things that come at one in everyday life.’
Jen Webb

 

Dublin Wandering

$19.95

In Dublin Wandering, Nathanael O’Reilly rearranges, remixes and recombines words and phrases from James Joyce’s Ulysses into seventeen poems, each named for the corresponding episodes in Joyce’s novel. Dublin Wandering is a surrealist work inspired by modernist techniques and philosophies, created as a homage to Joyce’s masterpiece and Dublin.

Equations of Breath

$19.95

‘Lucy Alexander’s Equations of Breath is a questing volume of poetry and prose poetry that frequently tantalises the ineffable. It probes the intimate connections between people, and human relationships to the more-than-human world. At its core is a series of moving poems illustrating memory’s connection to identity and perception. Equations of Breath also deals poignantly with the experience of dementia and the complex relationships between parents and children. This book is imagistic and linguistically playful, powerfully foregrounding the importance of the imagination.’
Paul Hetherington

‘Lucy Alexander’s fourth collection conjures landscapes where the line between internal and external worlds blurs. What strikes in these intimate poems is breath. Here it is tight. There it is released with relief, longing or grief. Here the ‘blue and yellow of time’ bleed into each other along phylogenetic lines. There ‘is no time in the present’ and ‘love is a measure of distance.’ Vulnerable and defying Equations of Breath beckons for its craft and care.’
Dominique Hecq

The Dancing Man

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In the face of fire, flood and plague, environmental catastrophe and political chaos, the challenge is that poetry, in Auden’s words, ‘show an affirming flame’.
The poems in The Dancing Man are an attempt to move from grief and loss towards consolations, however limited these might be. Intimations of connection and inter-dependence between all living things is the fragile basis for a first step towards spiritual re-orientation and an art of hope.

Five Oceans

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In these prose poem sequences, five different tastes are explored, not only with reference to food and drink,but also through their metaphorical use. There are innumerable ways of ‘tasting’ and apprehending theworld, and these poems canvass a wide range of them while also encouraging readers to consider their own diverse tastes, preferences and experiences.

ACE IV: Arresting Contemporary stories by Emerging Writers

$24.95

Emerging authors from vast geographical regions examine the conundrum and contradiction of human experience through carefully crafted detail. The brevity of short-form writing makes it an apt vessel for capturing the haunting incompleteness of human experience. Through flash and traditional length short stories—fiction and life writing, as well as hybrid forms of storytelling—there is a compelling ebb and tow of ideas, as focalised through highly idiosyncratic voices. The authors work deftly, paying due homage to the crucial relationship between the focalising voice and sharply rendered detail—cultivating narrative features with intuitive hands and minds, fashioning abstracted realities that linger beyond the final lines of the text.

The Writing Mind: Creative Writing Responses to Images of the Living Brain

$39.95

The Writing Mind: Creative Writing Responses to Images of the Living Brain includes 60 creatively enhanced, colour images of the living brain. Each image is followed by two short-form creative writing responses: prose and poetry written as ekphrastic ‘replies’ to the images. This book was conceived through a partnership between the Australasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP), the peak academic body representing the discipline of Creative Writing in Australasia, and the Science Art Network (ScAN), affiliated with the neuroimaging department at Swinburne University, Melbourne, Australia.
The broader context for the partnership is a Creative Writing | Neuroimaging Research Study currently being undertaken at Swinburne University’s neuroimaging facility. The study investigates the activity in participants’ brains while undertaking a creative writing workshop. While The Writing Mind focuses on creative rather than traditional research outputs, it nevertheless reflects the shared commitment of AAWP and ScAN—an abiding fidelity to transdisciplinary, open and collaborative research practices. AAWP and ScAN share an interest in the intersections between diverse disciplines—arts/science and arts/health—while considering the ways we can work together for the future for our fields and for a better world.

 

The Book of Birds

$24.95

edited by Penelope Layland and Lesley Lebkowicz
with artwork by Fenja T. Ringl

The poems collected in The Book of Birds—the work of a wide range of contemporary Australian poets—do more than describe. They invoke the many meanings of birds in our lives and imaginations.

On the Record

$19.95

Utilising comprehensive research undertaken at the National Records of Scotland, On the Record takes as its starting point the death certificates of a number of Martin Dolan’s direct ancestors. Each poem imagines itself into the thoughts of its subject/speaker, developing a mosaic that gives a small sight of Scottish social history, primarily in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Everything Feeds It

$19.95

I missed it, the entire history of our blue world.

How many heads rolled? Did they go defiantly?

I will sacrifice myself by becoming an automaton.

 

It is all too much! The past and future have coalesced into a spherical twister of succulents, stardust, money boxes and chatbots. You keep it together with outstretched arms, a child of this earth wielding a hurricane. All that is you whirling about in the mix: erotic books and bull ants, blackbirds and stoic philosophers. The whole world caught in a balancing act of blue whales and human brains, super computers and microplastics. As a matter of survival, you start bringing it together, moulding it firmly into the density of a dark star. A volatile idea pushed heavily inward, until it takes shape in your clamped hands. When you take a look, there is an ancient fruit – an apricot, with a modest blush. It is exquisite! But if you plant it, what will grow? If you eat it, what will you become?

The Sea Chest

$19.95

The Sea Chest is a visceral, moving, and emotionally layered account of life in the aftermath of loss. In 2017, Kerry Greer’s husband Gabriel ended his life with horrific violence, dying on the kitchen floor of his parents’ home.

Haunting in its honesty, and underpinned by a connection to the spirituality of the natural world, The Sea Chest traces the impact of Gabriel’s death over years and continents. The collection provides a counter-narrative to ideas of grief portrayed in sympathy cards or Hollywood movies. There is no redemptive narrative arc, no going “back to normal.” But there is the old love—the indissoluble thread that is now called grief.

Imagistic and probing, The Sea Chest speaks directly into the void. In the stillness, in the grey: a ripple, an answer from the ether, asking the reader to listen, to not turn away. The Sea Chest becomes a holding space for grief—for the things which cannot be said out loud, but which need to be voiced. This is poetry as invocation, poetry as love enacted, poetry as gateway to the liminal and the sacred.

The Daily News

$19.95

This collection traces the period from 2019, and the catastrophe fires in Australia, through the COVID years and beyond, feeling its way into how we live in the world, and how we might reflect on the value of listening to the many voices that make up our everyday experience. Written primarily in prose poetry, it attempts to expand the capacity of the sentence, rather than the line, to gesture toward what is rarely said (or cannot be said), and to offer fragments of stories about finding a home in the world as it is, and as we are.  

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