POETRY SPOTLIGHT: ‘Marta Saulnier’ by Peter Bakowski and Ken Bolton

Poetry Spotlight: Nearly Lunch

Our spotlight shines on a new poetry collection by Peter Bakowski and Ken Bolton, Nearly Lunch.

Fresh off the press, Nearly Lunch is another collaboration from these two poets, after their previous Elsewhere Variations (also published by Wakefield Press), which is a companion volume.

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POETRY SPOTLIGHT: ‘Copley Street’ by Geoff Goodfellow

Preparing for Business, Geoff Goodfellow

This week’s spotlight shines on a new poetry collection by Geoff Goodfellow, Preparing for Business.

Award-winning poet Geoff Goodfellow is back with another vivid, affecting, laconically dark-witted collection that pulls no punches as it masterfully chronicles Australian life.

As always, Geoff delivers a series of brilliantly captured portraits of working-class life, from the street scenes of formerly industrial Port Adelaide and his home suburb of Semaphore, with its heightened blend of affluence and poverty, to his fearless inhabitations of teenagers beset by home lives that feature domestic violence and addiction.

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POETRY SPOTLIGHT: ‘Endless Summer’ by Cath Kenneally

Poetry Spotlight: Cath Kenneally's Southern Oscillation Index

This week’s poetry spotlight shines on Cath Kenneally’s new poetry collection, The Southern Oscillation Index.

These poems reflect on travel, on staying at home, on the passing of time, and on our afflicted world. Both tough and gentle, nostalgic and sharply political, Kenneally’s work is enlivened by flashes of gallows humour.

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POETRY SPOTLIGHT: ‘When she washes her hair’ by Steve Brock

Live at Mr Jake's by Steve Brock

This week, we shine the spotlight on Steve Brock’s poetry collection, Live at Mr Jake’s.

Relaxed and laconic, Live at Mr Jake’s riffs on a mix of highbrow and popular culture references. Accessible yet literary, this collection celebrates a diversity of voices from Australia and beyond. Spanning four continents, the poems are equally at home in the front bar as they are on the literary trail in Paris or San Francisco. Cool and understated, Brock surfs the cultural interstices of the Latin American influences on his life and work to create a poetic vision transpacific in scope.

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POETRY SPOTLIGHT: ‘Blessing’ by Helen Parsons

Feeling of Bigness, Helen Parsons

This week, we shine the poetry spotlight on Helen Parsons’ new collection, The Feeling of Bigness: Georgia O’Keeffe sonnets. The sonnets in the collection draw inspiration from Georgia O’Keeffe’s art and life, and her love for the big open spaces – the ‘feeling of bigness’ – that New Mexico offered her.

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POETRY SPOTLIGHT: ‘This Poem Doesn’t Rhyme’ by Kristin Martin

Poetry Spotlight: To Rhyme or Not to Rhyme?

This week’s poetry highlight is on the gorgeous South Australian children’s poetry book, To Rhyme Or Not To Rhyme? With poems written by Kristin Martin and illustrations by Joanne Knott, this kid’s poetry collection is charming and fun.

Poems truly are all around us, and in this collection Kristin shares her love of nature and sense of fun on every page. Joanne’s exquisite illustrations bring the animals and natural environment to magical life.

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POETRY SPOTLIGHT: ‘This Body’ by Annette Marner

Annette Marner, Women With Their Faces on Fire

This week’s poetry spotlight shines once again on Annette Marner’s Women With Their Faces on Fire, a collection which draws on the beauty of nature to explore the experiences of women.

‘In this book you will find a passionate involvement with the land, images of love and friendship, and anger against injustice. These poems chill and delight.’ – Miriel Lenore

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POETRY SPOTLIGHT: ‘Married?’ by Miriel Lenore

This week for our poetry spotlight, we are showcasing a poem by Miriel Lenore, from her collection A Wild Kind of Tune.

‘In this tale arcing from 1845 to the present, in poetry underpinned by meticulous research, we inhabit settler society with all its attendant joys, hardship and grief as we careen with Caroline through her journey of love, loss and horror into madness.’

– Biff Ward, author of In My Mother’s Hands.

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POETRY SPOTLIGHT: ‘fiona & the snow queen’ by Ali Whitelock

and my heart crumples like a coke can by Ali Whitelock

Our spotlight shines once again on Ali Whitelock, this time featuring a poem from her first collection published by Wakefield Press, and my heart crumples like a coke can.

‘Ali Whitelock writes a poetry of excoriating tenderness. Whitelock is Bukowski with a Glaswegian accent and a nicer wardrobe.’

– Mark Tredinnick, poet and author of The Blue Plateau, The Little Red Writing Book, Blue Wren Cantos, The Lyre Bird & Other Poems

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POETRY SPOTLIGHT: ‘Diagram & Leaf’ by Aidan Coleman

Mount Sumptuous by Aidan Coleman

This week’s poetry spotlight shines on Aidan Coleman’s ‘Diagram & Leaf’, from his recently published collection Mount Sumptuous.

‘This is an outstanding volume of poetry. It is wonderfully original and deliciously complex. Its intellectual pirouettes and cutbacks are a pleasure to follow, always offering an incredibly agile and aesthetically stimulating journey.’ – Lachlan Brown

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