Book reviews

February 2017

Dan Ryder reviews Earth Girls by Lisa Brockwell

Graeme Miles reviews Cocky’s Joy by Michael Farrell

Melody Paloma reviews Happiness by Martin Harrison

Phillip Hall reviews Breaking the Days by Jill Jones and the leaves are my sisters by Jill Jones

Phillip Hall reviews Gularabulu by Paddy Roe with Stephen Muecke

Robert Wood reviews Collected Poems by Arvind Krishna Mehrotra

Robert Wood reviews Landscape with Landscape by Gerald Murnane

Susan Sullivan reviews This Intimate War: Gallipoli/Çanakkale 1915 by Robyn Rowland

Thom Sullivan reviews Graphology Poems 1995-2015 Volumes I, II, III by John Kinsella

September 2016

Daniel Bratton reviews Diurnal by Jane Joritz-Nakagawa

Mary Cresswell reviews Sunset by Maggie Walsh

Mary Cresswell reviews Engraft by Michele Seminara

Phillip Hall reviews Hegel’s Owl by Sheridan Palmer

Phillip Hall reviews Unexpected Clearing: Poems by Rose Lucas and Line of Drift by Robyn Rowland

Siobhan Hodge reviews The Fox Petition by Jennifer Maiden

August 2016

P. S. Cottier reviews The Hazards by Sarah Holland-Batt

Mary Cresswell reviews weaving nests with smoke and stone by Gina Mercer

Mary Cresswell reviews When Embers Dance by Katherine E. Seppings

Anne Elvey reviews sweetened in coals by Phillip Hall

Susan Fealy reviews The Non-Sequitur of Snow by Shari Kocher

Phillip Hall reviews Island Home: A Landscape Memoir by Tim Winton

Phillip Hall reviews Skin Deep by Liz Conor

Phillip Hall reviewsThinking the Antipodes: Australian Essays edited by Peter Beilharz

Philip Harvey reviews Drowning in Wheat: Selected Poems by John Kinsella

Siobhan Hodge reviews Word Migrants by Hazel Smith

February 2016

Alice Allan reviews Free Will and the Clouds by Rob Wilson

Melissa Ashley reviews Small Acts of Disappearance by Fiona Wright

Robyn Cadwallader reviews Like a Beggar by Ellen Bass

Vivian Gerrand reviews Thing & Unthing by Angela Gardner, The Complete Pocketbook of Swoon by Ann Vickery, and Love Breathes Hard by Maged Zaher

Helen Hagemann reviews terra bravura by Meredith Wattison

Phillip Hall reviews Eelahroo (Long Ago) Nyah (Looking) Möbö-Möbö (Future) by Lionel G. Fogarty and George Dyuŋgayan’s Bulu Line: a West Kimberley Song Cycle by Stuart Cooke

Phillip Hall reviews On Bunyah by Les Murray

Siobhan Hodge reviews Crow’s Breath by John Kinsella

Siobhan Hodge reviews Fish Stories by Mary Cresswell

Marissa Ker reviews The Fox Petition by Jennifer Maiden

Rose Lucas reviews Net Needle by Robert Adamson

Lucas Smith reviews Exhibits of the Sun by Stephen Edgar

Lucas Smith reviews Journey to Horseshoe Bend by T.G.H. Strehlow

Susan Sullivan reviews Distant Landscapes by Jane Joritz-Nakagawa

R. D. Wood reviews Dirwurruwurru: Poetry from the Gulf of Carpentaria

R. D. Wood reviews Jam Sticky Vision by Luke Beesley

September 2015

Brian Hawkins reviews Woodsmoke by Todd Turner

Cassandra Atherton reviews A Spell, A Charm by John Leonard

Garth Madsen reviews Picture X by Tim Shaner

Jennifer Mackenzie reviews Naming the Ruins by Dinah Roma

Mary Cresswell reviews Ecozoa by Helen Moore

Mary Cresswell reviews The Coral Battleground by Judith Wright

Michele Seminara reviews Before Bone and Viscera by Robbie Coburn

Phillip Hall reviews The Eye of the Crocodile by Val Plumwood, edited by Lorraine Shannon

R. D. Wood reviews Inside My Mother by Ali Cobby Eckermann

R. D. Wood reviews The Barons by Joshua Corey

Susan Hawthorne reviews wild by Libby Hart

Susan Pyke reviews Lupa and Lamb by Susan Hawthorne

February 2015

Alice Allan reviews The Beautiful Anxiety by Jill Jones

Anne M Carson reviews Pictures of Nothing at All by Kit Kelen

Carolyn van Langenberg reviews sack by John Kinsella

Cassandra O’Loughlin reviews Even in the Dark by Rose Lucas

Helen Hagemann reviews Final Theory by Bonny Cassidy

Jeff Guess reviews married to this ground by Nicola Bowery

Kevin Brophy reviews the thin bridge by Andy Jackson

Kristin Hannaford reviews South in the World by Lisa Jacobson

Mary Cresswell reviews Curio by Kristin Hannaford

Moira Sheppard reviews For Rhino in a Shrinking World edited by Harry Owen

Phillip Hall reviews The Lake’s Apprentice by Annamaria Weldon

Phillip Hall reviews The Vision of Error and Tide by John Kinsella

R. D. Wood reviews A Vicious Example by Michael Aiken and The night’s live changes by Tim Wright

Robbie Coburn reviews Sputnik’s Cousin by Kent MacCarter and Intercolonial by Stephen Oliver

August 2014

Megan Blake reviews Paths of Flight by Luke Fischer

Pam Brown reviews Flux and Wild Black Lake by Jane Joritz-Nakagawa

Robyn Cadwallader reviews XIII Poems by Jordie Albiston

Robbie Coburn reviews Bluewren Cantos by Mark Tredinnick

Mary Cresswell reviews Limen by Susan Hawthorne

Anne Elvey reviews Empty Your Eyes by Robert Adamson

Rod Giblett reviews White Beech by Germaine Greer

Stephen Harris reviews Southerly–The Political Imagination edited by Ann Vickery and Ali Alizadeh

Rosalind McFarlane reviews Ephemeral Waters by Kate Middleton

February 2014

Mary Cresswell reviews Plume, by Kathleen Flenniken

Marissa Ker reviews Removing the Kimono, by Anne M Carson.

Bonny Cassidy reviews The Ecopoetry Anthology, edited by Ann Fisher-Wirth and Laura-Gray Street.

Kate Rigby reviews Entanglements: New Ecopoetry, edited by David Knowles and Sharon Blackie.

Susan Pyke reviews Outcrop: Radical Australian Poetry of Land, edited by Jeremy Balius and Corey Wakeling

Bridie McCarthy reviews Speaking the Earth’s Languages: A Theory for Australian-Chilean Postcolonial Poetics by Stuart Cooke

Jennifer Mackenzie reviews Cow by Susan Hawthorne


Mary Cresswell reviews Bull Days by Tina Giannoukos

Mary Cresswell reviews The Herring Lass by Michelle Cahill

Caitlin Maling reviews Opera by Stuart Cooke

Thriveni Mysore reviews Dawn the Proof by Tony Page

Thriveni Mysore reviews ‘Think of the world’-Collected Poems 1986-2016 (ebook) by John Leonard

Robert Wood reviews Ground by Martin Langford

Currently under review

A Slow Combusting Hymn: Poetry from and about Newcastle and the Hunter Region edited by Kit Kelen and Jean Kent

Cleanskin Poems by Laurent Williams

Fixing the Broken Nightingale by Richard James Allen

Fragments by Antigone Kefala

Give Forest Its Next Portent by Peter Larkin

Gone: Satirical Poems: New and Selected by Stephen Oliver

Letter to Pessoa by Michelle Cahill

Missing up by Pam Brown

Pachinko Sunset by David Gilbey

Redstart: An Ecological Poetics by Forrest Gander and John Kinsella

scavenger’s season by Christopher (Kit) Kelen

Selected Poems by Evan Jones

The Apocalypse Awards by Nathan Curnow

Undercurrents by Amanda Bell

Writing Australian Unsettlement: Modes of Poetic Intervention 1796-1945 by Michael Farrell

Available for review

Althea by Freya Mathews

A Perfect Distortion/ Een perfecte vervorming by Marietta Elliott-Kleerkoper, translated by Joris Lenstra (English and Dutch)

A Personal History of Vision by Luke Fischer

Awake at the Wheel by Berndt Sellheim

Blindness and Rage: A Phantasmagoria. A novel in thirty-four cantos by Brian Castro

concrete flamingos by Mark Roberts

False Nostalgia by Aden Rolfe

Flute of Milk by Susan Fealy

Footsteps by Greg Rochlin

Getting By Not Fitting In by Les Wicks

Industrial Oz: Ecopoems by Scott T. Starbuck

Land Mass by R D Wood

Like Nothing on this Earth: A Literary History of the Wheatbelt by Tony Hughes-d’Aeth

New and Selected Poems of Anna Wickham

Old Growth by John Kinsella

O sonata: Rilke Renditions by Chris Edwards (German and English)

pick up half under by Geraldine Burrowes

phosphene by Tamryn Bennett

Snake Like Charms by Amanda Joy

Summoning the Whirlwind by Joan Katherine Webster

The Metronome by Jennifer Maiden

The Tipping Point by Linda Stevenson

Unmaking Atoms by Magdalena Ball

Wood Green by Sean Rabin

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  1. February 2016 issue guest poetry editor Tricia Dearborn – Plumwood Mountain
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