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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POETRY SPOTLIGHT: ‘The Jetty’ by Kate Llewellyn

Poetry Spotlight: Kate Llewellyn

This week’s poetry spotlight shines once again on Kate Llewellyn’s beautiful collection, Harbour.

Earlier in the series, Poppy featured Kate’s poem ‘Frost’ from the same collection. It’s a calming and quiet celebration of the ordinary beauty of nature (read Poppy’s thoughtful post about it here). In a similar vein, this week’s feature poem is an intimate and gentle study of creativity and friendship.

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POETRY SPOTLIGHT: ‘Two Carolines’ by Miriel Lenore

a wild kind of tune, Miriel Lenore

This week’s poem comes from Miriel Lenore’s collection a wild kind of tunethe third book in her ‘pioneer grandmother’ series.

‘In a wild 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: ‘Sclerophyll’ by Mike Ladd

Mike Ladd, Invisible Mending

This week’s Poem of the week comes from Mike Ladd’s collection Invisible Mending, which features photographs by Cathy Brooks.

Invisible Mending ranges across genres including essay, memoir, short story and poetry. Based loosely on the ideas of scarring and healing, Invisible Mending extends from family intimacies to connection and disconnection in the Australian community, environmental damage and repair.

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POETRY SPOTLIGHT: ‘Maslins Beach at Midnight’ by Jeri Kroll

Workshopping the Heart, Jeri Kroll

Our poetry spotlight shines on Jeri Kroll today, and her lovely collection Workshopping the Heart.

This witty, moving and accessible collection gathers poems from six previous books, beginning with Death as Mr Right, which won second prize in the 1982 Anne Elder Award for best first poetry book in Australia. With irony and frankness, Jeri Kroll workshops the complex relationships that individuals establish over the course of a lifetime with friends and family, as well as with the physical and social environments that shape them. In particular, she tackles the significance of parenthood, gender and ageing.

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