Demonstrating the diversity, inventive brilliance and dynamism of our country’s finest poets, this collection features work from both rising stars and well-known figures, and presents a dazzling array of themes and styles. Whether addressing biotechnology or domestic violence, migrant experience or the natural world, the poems in this anthology are sure to inspire, provoke and move.
Poets include Martin Harrison, Judith Beveridge, Clive James, Keven Brophy, Joanne Burns, Les Murray, Pam Brown, Eileen Chong, Luke Davies, Laurie Duggan, Geoff Page, Ali Cobby Eckermann, Toby Fitch, Robert Gray, Lisa Gorton, Natalie Harkin, John Kinsella, Felicity Plunkett, Chris Wallace-Crabbe, Billy Marshall Stoneking, Cate Kennedy, David Malouf, Julie Chevalier, Lionel G. Fogarty and many more.
'Successfully representative of the best poems of the year, and indeed the variety of current Australian poetry: its moments of formal perfection; its adventurous failures; its ongoing attraction to sprawl; and yes – its playfulness' - Cordite
'Editor Sarah Holland-Batt acknowledges there is a dark tone running through her selections, which reflect a “vertiginous” year. In keeping with her fellow editors of essays and stories, Holland-Batt stresses it is the responsibility of the poet (or writer) to respond “powerfully to the dark events and anxieties of the time”. The collection is bookended by the late work of two major poets who have died recently: Martin Harrison’s liminal Patio at the beginning and Billy Marshall Stoneking’s One Last Poem at the end. In between are 103 poems that range widely in form and style, from the concrete poems of Toby Fitch and John Kinsella to the prose poems of Michael Brennan, Fiona Hile, Claire Potter and Ouyang Yu, to the witty list poems of Anne Elvey and Julie Chevalier... Indigenous issues are also well represented: Black Deaths in Custody by Ali Cobby Eckermann, Royalty by Phillip Hall, about mines polluting traditional fishing grounds, and Learning Bundjalung on Tharawal by Evelyn Araluen, a bittersweet anthem to traditional languages and their rapid diminishment.' - The Australian
For The Best Australian Poems 2017, award-winning poet and critic Sarah Holland-Batt has assembled a brilliant set of voices, styles and moods. Subjects include everything from a plague of bogong moths invading Parliament House to the after-effects of the nuclear tests at Maralinga. in their wit and empathy, their solace and provocation, these poems will stay with the reader long after the moment of reading.
Poets include Clive James, Pam Brown, Antigone Kefala, Fiona Wright, Robert Adamson, Jaya Savige, Jennifer Harrison, Fay Zwicky, Chris Wallace-Crabbe, Jennifer Maiden, Philip Salom, John Kinsella, Lisa Gorton, Barry Hill, Todd Turner, Geoff Page, Maria Takolander, Judith Beveridge, Alan Wearne, John Upton, Julie Chevalier, Lucy Dougan, Jennifer Compton, Ken Bolton, Ali Cobby Eckermann, Michael Farrell and many more.
'What is immediately arresting about The Best Australian Poems 2017 is the abundance of wit and inventiveness, and the almost overwhelming variety of forms and modes of expression.' - The Sydney Morning Herald