Martin Harrison

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Photo by Tony Frazer, Sydney, 2005.

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Martin Harrison's books of poetry include The Distribution of Voice (University of Queensland Press 1993), The Kangaroo Farm (Paper Bark Press 1997), Summer (Paper Bark Press 2001) — shortlisted for a NSW Premier's award and winner of the Wesley Michel Wright award for poetry — and most recently, the sequence of poems, Music (Vagabond Press 2005). His collection of essays on contemporary Australian poetry and the work of the poet in the contemporary period, Who Wants to Create Australia? (Halstead Press 2004) was a selection in the Times Literary Supplement's Best International Books of the Year 2004. He has written extensively as a reviewer and critic, with articles appearing in the Sydney Morning Herald, Times Literary Supplement and Australian Book Review. His poems have been published in most Australian magazines and internationally in journals including Poetry (Chicago), Poetry International and the London Review of Books. Earlier on in the 1980s, he worked as a producer and broadcaster, and he still writes for, and about, radio. Teacher of poetry, poetics and writing at the University of Technology in Sydney, he has also been the recipient of various Australia Council fellowships, including residencies in Italy and the USA. He divides his time between Sydney and the Hunter Valley and is now at work on a new collection of longer, narrative poems.

Reviewers comment on his poetry's lyrical and metaphorical richness of vision and how his poems are located in intense, momentary experiences, often interwoven with an upfront sense of a world of technology, media and electronic information. He has been described as a writer whose poetry is both a meditation and a meeting place between the immensity of Australian environment and the hi-tech urbane world of everyday life.

(Information from Paper Bark Press)

Sadly, Martin Harrison passed away in 2014. He will be missed.

See some of his work at the Australian Poetry Library.

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