Australia / New Zealand Catalogue

Ken Bolton Selected Poems 1975–2010

Published 2012. Paperback, 212pp, 9x6ins, £12.95 / $20
ISBN 9781848612099 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

A gay, light-hearted bastard, Ken Bolton cuts a moodily romantic figure within the dun Australian literary landscape, his name inevitably conjuring perhaps that best known image of him, bow-tie askew, lipstick-smudged, grinning cheerfully, at the wheel of his 1958 Jaguar D-type, El Cid. Bolton, a poet & art critic—a 'Sydney' poet living in Adelaide, & working there at The Experimental Art Foundation—is editor of Little Esther books and at one time edited the magazines Magic Sam & Otis Rush. Major publications include Untimely Meditations and At The Flash & At The Baci—and, more recently, The CircusA Whistled Bit of Bop and Sly Mongoose.

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Pam Brown Home by Dark

Published 2013. Paperback, 132pp, 8.5x5.5ins, £9.95 / $17
ISBN 9781848612884 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

"Pam Brown's work is fearless, acutely observant, witty and wry. She delights in the curiosities of the everyday, in notational sprezzatura, in the penetrating encapsulation of layers of time, chance and meaning with her twists of lexicon, diction and line break. This is a work of quotidian consternation, breaking through from irony to sheer fondness and painful shadows. She sees askew—and Home by Dark has its own poignant look at decades, bodies, and changes. Pam Brown is a wonderful writer, one of the scintillating wizards of Oz poetry." —Rachel Blau DuPlessis

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M.T.C. Cronin: <More or Less Than> 1-100

Published 2004. Paperback, 9x6ins, 140pp, £9.95 / $17.
ISBN 9780907562474 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

Winner of the C J Dennis Prize in the Victoria State Premier's Awards, winner of the Innovation award in the Government of South Australia's 2006 Festival Awards; shortlisted for both the NSW Premier's Award (Kenneth Slessor Prize) and 'The Age' Book of the Year Award.

The second British collection by this extraordinarily talented Australian poet, who is creating a stir in several parts of the world. Poems 1–13 and 88–100 from this one-hundred poem sequence appeared in Shearsman magazine, issue 54, but the full scope of the piece only becomes clear with publication of the complete book: one hundred poems, where poem 1 has 1 line, poem 2 has 2 lines, all the way to poem 50 with fifty lines, 51 with 49 lines and back down to 100 which is a one-liner again. Like many forms, self-imposed or otherwise, Ms. Cronin uses this apparently restrictive structure to support a wonderfully original unfolding of verse.

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M.T.C. Cronin: Notebook of Signs

Published 2007. Paperback, 112pp, 8.5x5.5ins, £9.95 / $18
ISBN 9781905700110 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

Another remarkable collection from this prize-winning Australian author. Her previous Shearsman collection, the totally original <More or Less Than> 1-100 won two of Australia's major literary awards; this new volume is as path-breaking as the last and proves that she is one of the most talented poets of her generation.

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M.T.C. Cronin  in possession of loss

Published 2014. Paperback, 114pp, 8 x 5.25ins, £9.95 / $18
ISBN 9781848613829 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

"This is poetry that goes direct to that other place and inhabits it. in possession of loss has a clear sparseness, almost a minimalism, that is also highly complex. Read as a single book-length poem, it thinks our world without telling openly. As in Inger Christensen’s Alphabet, everything hangs together and speaks the whole though one can’t exactly say how. Like Celan and Rilke before her, Cronin is a risk-taker: she can say 'love', 'loss', 'death', 'the heart', without tying the words to recognizable stories or hiding behind the game of avoiding meaning. This is a poetry that shoulders the big questions. Compared to so much that is written in the English-speaking world, Cronin’s poetry IS so different and so itself." — Peter Boyle

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M.T.C. Cronin & Peter Boyle: How does a man who is dead reinvent his body? The Belated Love Poems of Thean Morris Caelli

Published 2008. Paperback, 140pp, 9x6ins, £9.95 / $17
ISBN 9781848610163 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

Subtitled The Belated Love Poems of Thean Morris Caelli — a neglected 20th century poet influenced by Celan and Vallejo—this collection represents the merging of two contemporary Antipodean poets into the consciousness of a mysterious third.

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Laurie Duggan: Compared to What – Selected Poems 1971-2003

Published 2005. Paperback 9x6ins, 224pp, £12.95 / $20
ISBN 9780907562610 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

This book is Duggan's first collection to be published in Britain and the USA, and is a career overview which serves to introduce a vibrant and colourful new voice which will sound familiar at first — with its obvious influences from the New York School — but will then sound stranger, as a distinctive Australian element emerges, an element moreover that communicates well across borders.

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Laurie Duggan: The Ash Range

Published 2005. Paperback 9x6ins, 248pp, £12.95 / $20
ISBN 9780907562696 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

The Ash Range is a long documentary poem that mixes prose, poetry, reportage and illustrations — somewhat in the manner of William Carlos Williams' Paterson — to narrate a history of the settlers' engagement with Gippsland, a southerly region of Victoria State. Like Paterson, which concerns itself with small-town New Jersey, The Ash Range is not constrained by its locality, but instead finds the universal in its extended examination of the local. While the work is enormously ambitious in its mix of materials, the whole is welded into a solid structure that facilitates communication of the theme, even to an audience that is unaware of the territory it describes.

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Laurie Duggan: Crab & Winkle

Published 2009. Paperback, 164pp, 9x6ins, £10.95 / $18.50
ISBN 9781848610491 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

Crab & Winkle is a warped Shepherd's Calendar for the age of climate change: a journal of Australian poet Laurie Duggan's first year as a resident in England, it centres specifically on the area of East Kent where he lives, featuring excursions and interludes elsewhere in Britain, the Continent and North Africa. The book's title comes from an old railway route in the heart of Duggan's new territory.

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Laurie Duggan The Pursuit of Happiness

Published 2012. Paperback, 94pp, 8.5x5.5ins, £9.95 / $16
ISBN 9781848611993 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

The Pursuit of Happiness collects shorter poems written during and after the composition of Crab & Winkle, and concludes with 'The Nathan Papers', an earlier and longer work written in Australia. The poems address the state of the art and the state of the nation, investigating the spaces left for pleasure in this new dark age. As anthropological investigations, they shift from Robert Creeley, burgers and South African wine on Charing Cross Road to images of Santa Claus in Anglo-Greek Paphos and Japanese tourist signs in the Brontë country.

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Laurie Duggan Allotments
Published 2014. Paperback, 72pp, 8.5x5.5ins, £9.95 / $16

ISBN 9781848613553 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]
"The small poems . . . slowly build up to a much larger narrative; a narrative of time and memory, of thinking and looking and being in the world, a kind of history that is happening on the sidelines." — Fiona Wright 
"Sceptical as I am about anti-poetry, of which there is a lot around and which can assume many different forms, the fully formed poems are not the only writing I can value in a book like this. There is too much wit, absurdity, and sheer verbal craft to be ignored." —Peter Riley
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Laurie Duggan  No particular place to go

Published January 2017. Paperback, 102p, 8.5 x 5.5ins, £9.95 / $17
ISBN 9781848615212 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

“We’ve all seen how, after a night of drones, an experimental poet comes out to read, wielding the vernacular, and the room lights up. There’s laughter, joy, play, confusion, a rmation, all the things that make poetry what it is. This is why poets in the generation including Duggan, Pam Brown and Ken Bolton are so accessible to readers and listeners, because of their interest in the page-as-field (perhaps an ‘Olsonesque’ sense), and the everyday vernacular. The only reason Conventional Verse Culture still claims to own the (ever-elusive) ‘average reader’ is because of the structures and frameworks in place that tell people they do. This is not because people on the street speak like CVC.”
—A J Carruthers
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Clive Faust   Past Futures — Collected Poems

Published March 2017. Paperback, 304pp, 9 x 6ins, £14.95 / $25
ISBN 9781848615403 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

“Back forty years ago I wrote of The Gist of Origin: ‘In such a bare age as ours, the truth, though terrible, is clean. The worlds of Chaucer, Homer and Tolstoy were conventionally realized ones—even if the men in them shifted between realizations, incorrigibly. We now are in the same ferry as these chaotic Americans: we have no fixities to shift among. The only order they bring with them—and it is not nothing—is an economy of means. 
     Ultimately the variety—of place, of instance, of event, of impression is deceptive. Also the enormous amount to be learnt from them, deceptive—because it is all the one thing. And the one thing is terrible, because it is unclear whether it is not ourselves.’
       I think this era of thought/feeling is now obsolete in the culture, which is now based upon a sort of decorative wit—adapted for the computerex machinery, but on the
way to being mechanically replicated by it.
       Incidentally, the prosody of this perhaps outdated poetry is based at its best upon simply 'the taste of words, the pleasure of utterance as a physical act', in the words of Cid Corman." —Clive Faust
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Angela Gardner: Views of the Hudson

Published 2009. Paperback, 80pp, 8.5x5.5ins, £9.95 / $16
ISBN 9781848610804 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

Views of the Hudson, written during a visit to New York in 2008, explores ideas of belonging and displacement. In a flood of images from this overcrowded information-rich city it weaves a narrative that suggests both the intoxication and dangers of believing in Promised Lands. Views of the Hudson shows the life of a city that is complicated and enriched for being at once both sacred and profane. 

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Angela Gardner  The Told World

Published 2014. Paperback, 84pp, 8.5 x 5.5ins, £9.95 / $16
ISBN 9781848613713 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

Sometimes it is difficult to distinguish losses from gains. The world we live in constantly changes and so how to make sense of it all? What is the relationship between mind and body when the mind’s world is built from the body’s sensations? What will we be when we return from war, from love? Who will we be in the post-human machine world? How will genetic manipulation change us and our representation of ourselves? The Told World contemplates some themes of ‘The Pastoral’ in a contemporary world and explores the stories that can be told from that chiaroscuro. 
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Martin Harrison Wild Bees: New and Selected Poems

Published 2008. Paperback, 168pp, 9x6ins, £10.95 / $18.50
ISBN 9781848610088 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

Subtle and sharply lyrical, these poems shimmer on the eye while being deeply held at the back of the mind. Martin Harrison has been described as a writer whose poetry is a meeting place between the immensity, and intensity, of the Australian environment and the hi-tech world of everyday life. Collected here is the poet's own re-casting of his work since the early 1990s, setting accomplished poems from earlier books in the company of recent poems and prose poems. Martin Harrison's Wild Bees: New and Selected Poems marks a place of arrival and a new departure.

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Barry Hill Naked Clay

Published 2012. Paperback, 160pp, 9x6ins, £10.95 / $18
ISBN 9781848611870 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

Naked Clay is an intimate response to the paintings of Lucian Freud — "the great amplifier of twentieth century figurative art"' as the critic Sebastian Smee has written. The poems are as urgent as the paintings, and taken together they constitute an essay on the ambiguous gifts from a painter of such mortal, material presences. Barry Hill has created a unique space for the senses and the intellect to be prompted, explored and disturbed.

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Barry Hill  Grass Hut Work

Published 2016. Paperback, 126pp, 9 x 6ins, £9.95 / $18
ISBN 9781848614758 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

In the ancient tradition of poet-as-traveler-and-seer, Barry Hill’s Grass Hut Work is, like Basho’s Narrow Road to the Interior, both a travelogue of Japan and a journey inward, into what we’ll call the Soul—for lack of a better word. He sees with fresh eyes the merger of history and presence, and presents us vital insight at every turn. “In the grass hut,” he says, “I strive to be nobody,” and thereby becomes an everyman, an exemplar, a master and unsui, a beginner. Beautiful and quietly powerful, this is work to return to again and again. —Sam Hamill

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Emma Lew: Anything the Landlord Touches

Published 2006. 8.5x5.5ins, 80pp. £9.95 / $16.
ISBN 9780907562924 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

First published in Australia by Giramondo Publishing of Sydney, this collection won two prestigious awards – the 2003 C.J. Dennis Award (the Victorian Premier's Prize for Poetry) and the Judith Wright Calanthe Award (the Queensland Premier's Prize for Poetry). The author's second collection, Anything the Landlord Touches is a tour-de-force full of extraordinary visions.

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John Mateer Unbelievers, or 'The Moor'

Published 2013. Paperback, 168pp, 9x6ins, £10.95 / $18.50
ISBN 9781848612815 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

World Literature Today has described John Mateer as "the most recent reincarnation of of the international poet". Born in South Africa, John Mateer has for the past two decades been documenting the world seen from the Indian Ocean edge of Australia, travelling frequently to Asia, Europe and elsewhere. Unbelievers or 'The Moor', like his previous surveys of the visages of the Portuguese Empire in Southern Barbarians and of his memories of South Africa in Ex-White—described by novelist J.M. Coetzee as "rolling back the tide of forgetting"—recovers aspects of the hidden past that haunt our present. In Unbelievers, Mateer seeks out evidence of the importance of the Islamic and Arabic history in places as diverse as Dubai, Seville, Cairo and the Portuguese village of Monsanto. He is not only interested in the past but in the deep present, its poetics.

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Alice Miller The Limits
Published 2014. Paperback, 72pp, 8.5x5.5ins, £9.95 / $17

ISBN 9781848613324 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.] 

Not for sale in Australia or New Zealand. Available in those territories from Auckland University Press.
The poems in this extraordinary full-length collection by Alice Miller ask you to force yourself beyond your own boundaries. They are curious, restless, bold; they marry lyrical music and intricate metaphor as they search for other human voices beyond the rumblings of the apocalypse and the stubbornness of myth.
 From bare battlefields to crisp Antarctica to the gates of Troy, from re-written history to love story, these poems ask for something more from the world than just riding till the spoke breaks. A poet for whom one way's easy but an easy way's / worse, Miller in this  collection traces a path that leads beyond our limits — to where we set the sky on silent, where we're braver than science, and where we try to un-glimpse what we've lost.
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David Miller  Reassembling Still - Collected Poems
Published 2014. Paperback, 318pp, 9x6ins, £14.95 / $25
ISBN 9781848613317 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

Comprising work from the early 1970s onwards, Reassembling Still is by far the largest and most comprehensive collection of David Miller’s poetry, and includes all of his poetry that he wishes to keep, with the exceptions of the ongoing Spiritual Letters project and his visual poems. 


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David Miller  Spiritual Letters (Series 6)

Published June 2015. Chapbook, 32pp, 8.5x5.5ins, £6.50 / $9.95
ISBN 9781848614550 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

“The word ‘spiritual’ is, in this volume, ripped away from the New Age and returned to its sources in Kabbalah and early Christian (gnostic) writings. But it carries with it the world as we have it now. A heap of horrors, remnants, a sense of the feminine under assault, and the drive to love. Therefore the dimensions are multiple and unstable. To be human is to be a spiritual entity more aligned with nature than with culture, and therefore to rebel. I am happy to have and to hold this book.” —Fanny Howe, on Series 1-5 of Spiritual Letters
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David Miller  The Waters of Marah
Published 2005. Paperback, 113pp, 8.5x 5.5ins. £9.95. Not for sale in North America.
ISBN 9780907562665

The Waters of Marah brings together the best of David Miller's non-poetic output. The prose here however does include work that would be classified as prose-poetry in most quarters, as well as the longer work Tesserae which could be better described as experimental fiction. These pieces tend also to have verse interludes, which further confuses the definition of what category they actually belong to. In the end however, categories are irrelevant, and the work can be read on its own terms, be it prose, be it prose-poetry, be it fiction, be it poetry. This is musical work that explores the para-meters of the sayable in a manner that does not repel the reader but rather draws him/her in as a participant in a remarkable enterprise.


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Ouyang Yu: Moon over Melbourne & other poems

Published 2005. Paperback, 128pp, 8.5x 5.5ins, £9.95. OUT OF PRINT.


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Sam Sampson: Everything Talks

Published 2008. Paperback, 92pp, 9x6ins, £9.95.
ISBN 9781905700486 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

A first book by a young New Zealand poet, whose work—experimental in form—owes much to music and to developments in American poetry in the latter half of the 20th century. While consciously stretching the limits of the poem, Sampson's work remains very communicative, powerful for both ear and eye. Simultaneously published in New Zealand by Auckland University Press.

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Alan Wearne: The Lovemakers

Published 2008. Paperback, 688p, 9x6ins, £19.95 / $35
ISBN 9781905700967 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

Centered on Australian suburbia in the 60s, 70s and 80s The Lovemakers explores the inner and outer tensions of families, friendships and society whilst charting the sleaze, mayhem and humanity that go to make a nation's life. A remarkable verse novel, this edition brings together the two prize-winning volumes published in Australia which are now out of print for a first complete edition.

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