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What a rich, strange and diverse lot these poems turned out to be . . . I suspect that these baroque and potent imaginings can only have come into existence as fragments of dreams or nightmares.

In The Best Australian Poems 2011, celebrated poet John Tranter selects the most vigorous, varied and interesting poems of the last year.  This sparkling collection shines a light on the phantasmagorial nature of poetry, evoking images, transformations and events that range from the playful to the melancholy by way of exuberance and satire.  Featuring award-winning poems alongside brand-new works, as well as a mix of emerging and renowned poets, this is a volume of surreal beauty and emotional resonance.

· Robert Adamson · Ali Alizadeh · Jude Aquilina · Ken Bolton · Pam Brown · Joanne Burns · Sarah Day · Bruce Dawe · Kate Fagan · Michael Farrell · Angela Gardner · Geoff Goodfellow · Lisa Gorton · Jennifer Harrison · Sarah Holland-Batt · Jill Jones · Cate Kennedy · Andy Kissane · Mike Ladd · Kate Lilley · Jennifer Maiden · David McCooey · Les Murray · Ouyany Yu · Felicity Plunkett · Peter Rose · Gig Ryan · Jaya Savige · Thomas Shapcott · Craig Sherborne · Pete Spence · Peter Steele · Maria Takolander · Andrew Taylor · Tim Thorne · Chris Wallace-Crabbe · Alan Wearne and many more . . .

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  • Paperback


    November 2, 2011

    Black Inc (Adult)

    224 pages

    RRP $24.95

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The Best Australian Poems 2012
Starlight: 150 poems
The Best Australian Poetry 2007
Urban Myths: 210 Poems


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