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  • BANJO PATERSON : COLLECTED VERSE
    BANJO PATERSON : COLLECTED VERSE
    PATERSON BANJO
    ISBN: 9780140146219
    Title: BANJO PATERSON : COLLECTED VERSE
    Author: PATERSON BANJO
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The poet A B 'Banjo' Paterson, best known for his rousing folk classics "The Man from Snowy River" and "Waltzing Matilda," is widely acknowledged as Australia's greatest and most popular balladist. His poems, written with great gusto and humour, celebrate all the romance and rough-and-tumble of old Australia. In this collection, leading Paterson scholar Clement Semmler presents more than 100 of Paterson's poems that reflect the remarkable richness and range of his writings. Generously illustrated with period drawings, this first Penguin edition of Paterson's verse pays tribute to one of Australia's favourite sons - 'the Banjo of the Bush.'

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • BEAUTIFUL WASTE : POEMS BY DAVID MCCOMB
    BEAUTIFUL WASTE : POEMS BY DAVID MCCOMB
    MCCOMB DAVID
    ISBN: 9781921361708
    Title: BEAUTIFUL WASTE : POEMS BY DAVID MCCOMB
    Author: MCCOMB DAVID
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    When David McComb died in 1999 at the age of 36, he left behind an extraordinary body of work, notably the songs and albums he recorded with Australian post-punk group The Triffids. The fact that McComb also wrote poetry from an early age - much of it collected here for the first time - will come as no surprise to admirers of the songwriter's powerfully evocative lyricsIntroduced by fellow Western Australian writer John Kinsella, the poems in this book will delight fans of popular music and contemporary poetry alike. Beautiful Waste illuminates a hitherto neglected aspect of McComb's brilliance.

    Imprint: FREMANTLE ART CENTRE PR.
    RRP: $24.95

    Price: $24.95
  • BEE HUT : POEMS 2001-2008
    BEE HUT : POEMS 2001-2008
    PORTER DOROTHY
    ISBN: 9781863954464
    Title: BEE HUT : POEMS 2001-2008
    Author: PORTER DOROTHY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK


    Imprint: BLACK INC
    RRP: $24.95
    Price: $24.95
  • BEES
    BEES
    DUFFY CAROL ANN
    ISBN: 9780330442459
    Title: BEES
    Author: DUFFY CAROL ANN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The critically acclaimed new collection from the Poet Laureate.

    ‘Beautiful and moving poetry for the real world’ Jeanette Winterson, Guardian

    ‘Wonderful . . . a poet alert to every sound and shape of language’ Sunday Telegraph

    The Bees is Carol Ann Duffy’s first collection of poems as Poet Laureate. In it she uses her full poetic range: there are drinking songs, love poems, poems of political anger; there are elegies, too, for beloved friends, and – most movingly – the poet’s own mother.

    Woven and weaving through the book is its presiding spirit: the bee. Sometimes the bee is Duffy’s subject, sometimes it strays into the poem, or hovers at its edge. In the end, Duffy’s point is clear: the bee symbolizes what we have left of grace in the world, and what is most precious and necessary for us to protect. The Bees, at once intimate and public, is a work of great power from one of our most cherished poets.

    Imprint: PICADOR
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • BEES
    BEES
    DUFFY CAROL ANN
    ISBN: 9781509852925
    Title: BEES
    Author: DUFFY CAROL ANN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Bees is Carol Ann Duffy’s first collection of poems as Poet Laureate. In it she uses her full poetic range: there are drinking songs, love poems, poems of political anger; there are elegies, too, for beloved friends, and – most movingly – the poet’s own mother.

    Woven and weaving through the book is its presiding spirit: the bee. Sometimes the bee is Duffy’s subject, sometimes it strays into the poem, or hovers at its edge. In the end, Duffy’s point is clear: the bee symbolizes what we have left of grace in the world, and what is most precious and necessary for us to protect. The Bees, at once intimate and public, is a work of great power from one of our most cherished poets.

    Imprint: PICADOR
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • BEING ALIVE : THE SEQUEL TO STAYING ALIVE
    BEING ALIVE : THE SEQUEL TO STAYING ALIVE
    ASTLEY NEIL [ED]
    ISBN: 9781852246754
    Title: BEING ALIVE : THE SEQUEL TO STAYING ALIVE
    Author: ASTLEY NEIL [ED]
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'Being Alive' is the sequel to Neil Astley's 'Staying Alive', which became Britain's most popular poetry book because it gave readers hundreds of thoughtful and passionate poems about living in the modern world.

    Now he has assembled this equally lively companion anthology for all those readers who've wanted more poems that touch the heart, stir the mind and fire the spirit.
    'Being Alive' is about being human: about love and loss, fear and longing, hurt and wonder. 'Staying Alive' didn't just reach a broader readership, it introduced thousands of new readers to contemporary poetry, giving them an international gathering of poems of great personal force, poems with emotional power, intellectual edge and playful wit. It also brought many readers back to poetry, people who hadn't read poetry for years because it hadn't held their interest.
    'Being Alive' gives readers an even wider selection of vivid, brilliantly diverse contemporary poetry from around the world. A third companion anthology, 'Being Human' (2011), completes this modern poetry trilogy.

    Imprint: BLOODAXE BOOKS
    RRP: $35.99

    Price: $35.99
  • BEING HUMAN : THE COMPANION ANTHOLOGY TO STAYING ALIVE AND BEING ALIVE
    BEING HUMAN : THE COMPANION ANTHOLOGY TO STAYING ALIVE AND BEING ALIVE
    ASTLEY NEIL [ED]
    ISBN: 9781852248093
    Title: BEING HUMAN : THE COMPANION ANTHOLOGY TO STAYING ALIVE AND BEING ALIVE
    Author: ASTLEY NEIL [ED]
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    "Being Human" is the third book in the "Staying Alive" poetry trilogy. "Staying Alive" and its sequel "Being Alive" have introduced many thousands of new readers to contemporary poetry.

    "Being Human" is a companion volume to those two books - a world poetry anthology offering an even broader, international selection of 'real poems for unreal times'. The range of poetry here complements that of the first two anthologies: hundreds of thoughtful and passionate poems about living in the modern world; poems that touch the heart, stir the mind and fire the spirit; poems about being human, about love and loss, fear and longing, hurt and wonder.
    There are more great poems from the 20th century as well as many recent poems of rare imaginative power from the first decade of the 21st century. But this book is also rare in reflecting the concerns of readers from all walks of life. Such has been the appeal of "Staying Alive" and "Being Alive" that many people have written not only to express their appreciation of these books, but also to share poems which have been important in their own lives. "Being Human" draws on this highly unusual publisher's mailbag, including many talismanic personal survival poems suggested by our readers.

    Imprint: BLOODAXE BOOKS
    RRP: $35.99

    Price: $35.99
  • BEOWULF : A NEW TRANSLATION
    BEOWULF : A NEW TRANSLATION
    HEANEY SEAMUS
    ISBN: 9780571203765
    Title: BEOWULF : A NEW TRANSLATION
    Author: HEANEY SEAMUS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK


    Composed towards the end of the first millennium, the Anglo-Saxon poem Beowulf is one of the great Northern epics and a classic of European literature. In his new translation, Seamus Heaney has produced a work which is both true, line by line, to the original poem, and an expression, in its language and music, of something fundamental to his own creative gift. The poem is about encountering the monstrous, defeating it, and then having to live on, physically and psychically exposed, in that exhausted aftermath. It is not hard to draw parallels between this story and the history of the twentieth century, nor can Heaney's Beowulf fail to be read partly in the light of his Northern Irish upbringing. But it also transcends such considerations, telling us psychological and spiritual truths that are permanent and liberating.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • BEST 100 POEMS OF LES MURRAY
    BEST 100 POEMS OF LES MURRAY
    MURRAY LES
    ISBN: 9781863955843
    Title: BEST 100 POEMS OF LES MURRAY
    Author: MURRAY LES
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    From his life's work so far, spanning more than four decades, Les Murray has selected these 100 poems, his personal best. Including classics such as 'The Broad Bean Sermon', 'An Absolutely Ordinary Rainbow' and 'The Dream of Wearing Shorts Forever', this collection is guaranteed to delight Murray fans and introduce new readers to his work. It is a treasure trove of the best poems ever written in Australia. 'There is no poetry in the English language now so rooted in its sacredness, so broadleafed in its pleasures and yet so intimate and conversational.' Derek Walcott 'No poet has ever travelled like this, whether in reality or simply in mind ...Seeing the shape or hearing the sound of one thing in another, he finds forms.' Clive James

    Imprint: BLACK INC
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • BEST AMERICAN POETRY 2015
    BEST AMERICAN POETRY 2015
    ALEXIE SHERMAN [ED]
    ISBN: 9781476708201
    Title: BEST AMERICAN POETRY 2015
    Author: ALEXIE SHERMAN [ED]
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The premier anthology of contemporary American poetry continues with an exceptional volume edited by award-winning novelist and poet Sherman Alexie.

    Since its debut in 1988, The Best American Poetry has become a mainstay for the direction and spirit of American poetry. Each volume in the series presents the year's most extraordinary new poems and writers. Guest editor Sherman Alexie's picks for "The Best American Poetry 2015" highlight the depth and breadth of the American experience. Culled from electronic and print journals, the poems showcase some of our leading luminaries--Amy Gerstler, Terrance Hayes, Ron Padgett, Jane Hirshfield--and introduce a number of outstanding younger poets taking their place in the limelight.

    A leading figure since his breakout poetry collection The Business of Fancydancing in 1992, Sherman Alexie won the National Book Award for his novel "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian." He describes himself as "lucky enough to be a full-time writer" and has written short stories, novels, screenplays, and essays--but he is at his core a poet. As always, series editor David Lehman's foreword assessing the state of the art kicks off the book, followed by an introductory essay in which Alexie discusses his selections. The Best American Poetry 2015 is a guide to who's who and what's happening in American poetry today.

    Imprint: SCRIBNER
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • BEST AMERICAN POETRY 2016
    BEST AMERICAN POETRY 2016
    HIRSCH EDWARD / LEHMAN DAVID [EDS]
    ISBN: 9781501127564
    Title: BEST AMERICAN POETRY 2016
    Author: HIRSCH EDWARD / LEHMAN DAVID [EDS]
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The Best American Poetry series is a vivid snapshot of what a distinguished poet finds exciting, fresh and memorable (Robert Pinsky); a guiding light for the mood and shape of modern American poetry. Each year, this series presents essential American verse and the poets who create it. Truly the best American poetry has appeared in this venerable collection for over twenty-five years.

    A poet of decided brilliance since his 1981 debut collection, For the Sleepwalkers, Edward Hirsch curates a thoughtful selection of poetry for 2016 and an Introduction to be savored. Jumpha Lahiri said of Hirsch, The trademarks of his poems are to be intimate but restrained, to be tender without being sentimental, to witness life without flinching, and above all, to isolate and preserve those details of our existence so often overlooked, so easily forgotten, so essential to our souls. Hirsch s choices for this collection reflect the soul of poetry in America.

    As ever, series editor David Lehman opens this year's edition with an insider's guide and a thoughtful contemplation of poetry today.

    Imprint: SCRIBNER
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BEST AUSTRALIAN POEMS 2016
    BEST AUSTRALIAN POEMS 2016
    HOLLAND-BATT SARAH [ED]
    ISBN: 9781863958875
    Title: BEST AUSTRALIAN POEMS 2016
    Author: HOLLAND-BATT SARAH [ED]
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Award-winning poet, critic, editor and academic Sarah Holland-Batt takes the helm as editor of this year’s Best Australian Poems. 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 * KEVIN 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 ...

    Imprint: BLACK INC
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • BEST AUSTRALIAN POEMS 2017
    BEST AUSTRALIAN POEMS 2017
    HOLLAND-BATT SARAH [ED]
    ISBN: 9781863959629
    Title: BEST AUSTRALIAN POEMS 2017
    Author: HOLLAND-BATT SARAH [ED]
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Best Australian Poems reveal the impressive depth, diversity and boldness of this country's poetic talent. For the second year in a row, award-winning poet, critic and academic Sarah Holland-Batt selects Australia's finest poems, from both rising stars and well-known figures, presenting a dazzling array of themes and styles. Previous contributors include Judith Beveridge, Stephen Edgar, Fiona Wright, Clive James, Lisa Gorton, Robert Adamson, Dorothy Porter, John Kinsella, David Malouf, Cate Kennedy and Les Murray.

    Imprint: BLACK INC
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • BEST POEMS OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE : FROM CHAUCER THROUGH ROBERT FROST
    BEST POEMS OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE : FROM CHAUCER THROUGH ROBERT FROST
    BLOOM HAROLD
    ISBN: 9780060540425
    Title: BEST POEMS OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE : FROM CHAUCER THROUGH ROBERT FROST
    Author: BLOOM HAROLD
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The "colossus among critics" (New York Times Magazine) presents his personal selection, with commentary, of the finest poems in the English language. This comprehensive anthology attempts to give the common reader possession of six centuries of great British and American poetry. The book features a large introductory essay by Harold Bloom called The Art of Reading Poetry, which presents his critical reflections of more than half a century devoted to the reading, teaching, and writing about the literary achievement he loves most. In the case of all major poets in the language, this volume offers either the entire range of what is most valuable in their work, or vital selections that illuminate each figure's contribution. There are also headnotes by Harold Bloom to every poet in the volume as well as to the most important individual poems. Much more than any other anthology ever gathered, this book provides readers who desire the pleasures of a sublime art with very nearly everything they need in a single volume. It also is regarded as his final meditation upon all those who have formed his mind.

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • BETTING ON THE MUSE
    BETTING ON THE MUSE
    BUKOWSKI CHARLES
    ISBN: 9781574230017
    Title: BETTING ON THE MUSE
    Author: BUKOWSKI CHARLES
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: MAY 2018 NEW RELEASE

    Betting on the Muse is a combination of hilarious poetry and stories. Charles Bukowski writes about the real life of a working man and all that comes with it.

    Imprint: ECCO
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • BIPLANE HOUSES
    BIPLANE HOUSES
    MURRAY LES
    ISBN: 9781863952149
    Title: BIPLANE HOUSES
    Author: MURRAY LES
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK


    Imprint: BLACK INC
    RRP: $24.95
    Price: $24.95
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