Meteorites by Carmen Leigh Keates
Full-length collection (48 pp.) by winner of 2015 Whitmore Press Manuscript Prize.
These are wise, strange and luminous poems … Carmen Leigh Keates draws a collection so full of ice and light, so distinctive, that it makes you want to follow wherever she goes.
– Michelle Dicinoski
Whether drawing on film, family history, or travel, Keates’s debut collection beautifully illustrates … how the precarious things of the world endure.
– David McCooey
Breaking the Days is a powerful book where Jill Jones ranges across time, light and language. The wonderful poems echo
in the mind.
– Robert Adamson
With energy and humour, these poems are a single life against the cosmos – inhaling love, insects, streets, beauty – inventing
– Bonny Cassidy
Ryan is a poet of searching intelligence and enduring impact.
– Maria Takolander
In these spare, rich poems on Ireland’s peat bogs and hoards, Tracy Ryan meditates on place and the past, language and silence, treasure and nothingness; she renews our language for these things. Hoard is a sensuous and haunting collection.
– Lisa Gorton
the thin bridge by Andy Jackson
From winner, 2013 Whitmore Press Manuscript Prize, special unnumbered chapbook (35 pp.) reprint, 50 copies, superbly printed on watermarked paper, every copy signed by the author.
Andy Jackson offers us a book of beautifully made poems – burning nerves forensically handled. They issue from a fraught compassion and self-regard, and a resistance to mechanical measures of the interior.
– Barry Hill
… these poems weave, knit and braid silence and song – words spoken and unspoken that flourish into breath, muscle and flesh, into ‘strange and beautiful bodies’ to house endurance and desire in, as well as the ‘intimate and ordinary’.
– Libby Hart
Listening to the Mopokes Go by Lucy Todd
Lucy Todd’s debut collection reveals a richly elegiac
sensibility. With spare yet arresting imagery, these finely crafted lyrics
explore the spaces of memory through a haunting interplay of presence and absence.
– Cameron Lowe
Todd’s delicate, gothic retrievals are always leavened by spare, elegiac lyricism … blood and milk spill upon the tiles, and dogs and people hurl themselves against glass, door and wall – as if to force openings
to other worlds.
– A. Frances Johnson
Read the speech by Cassandra Atherton launching Listening to the Mopokes Go at The Alderman in Melbourne on 16th August 2013.
Bowra by B.R. Dionysius
Dionysius’s new collection jackknifes through landscape like an articulated vehicle, the freight of history and memory swivelling around the prime mover of language. ‘Caught between the nexus of the built and the unbuilt’, here is a pastoral vision for the twenty-first century.
– Jaya Savige
There’s an immense physicality to these poems. Dionysius pushes poetic form to the edge with language that is muscular, invigorating and compelling. His poems command attention.
– Bronwyn Lea
Available Light: New Poems by Graeme Kinross-Smith
Available Light is experimental throughout; not only in its visual form but in its feeling for what poetry can do … It makes demands on the reader – and gives back more in return.
– Geoff Page
The shifting radiance of the world has never been so various … the lyrical vision of this volume is broad spectrum and bold. Kinross-Smith has a photographer’s eye for detail and a marvellous tenderness and wisdom in his consideration of the existential glow we pitch against the general darkness.
– Gail Jones
Balance by Luke Beesley
India, perhaps more than any other place, is the poem, and Luke Beesley threads its necklace brilliantly. Balance glints with erotic, earthly delights … But the poems of tremulous music are the thing: they flow into good, empty spaces then out again into pure colour …
– Barry Hill
… beautifully etched, precise, and well wrought. Beesley has an interior gaze that transcends a typical foreigner’s eye to a foreign situation or landscape. This is a stunning collection by a young yet mature poet.
– Sudeep Sen
Read the speech by Bonny Cassidy launching Balance at Readings Carlton on 1st November 2012.