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  • WAR ALL THE TIME 1981-1984
    WAR ALL THE TIME 1981-1984
    BUKOWSKI CHARLES
    ISBN: 9780876856376
    Title: WAR ALL THE TIME 1981-1984
    Author: BUKOWSKI CHARLES
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    War All the Time is a selection of poetry from the early 1980s. Charles Bukowski shows that he is still as pure as ever but he has evolved into a slightly happier man that has found some fame and love. These poems show how he grapples with his past and future colliding.

    Imprint: ECCO
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • WAR POEMS OF WILFRED OWEN
    WAR POEMS OF WILFRED OWEN
    OWEN WILFRED
    ISBN: 9781784874407
    Title: WAR POEMS OF WILFRED OWEN
    Author: OWEN WILFRED
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'Orpheus, the pagan saint of poets, went through hell and came back singing. In twentieth-century mythology, the singer wears a steel helmet and makes his descent "down some profound dull tunnel" in the stinking mud of the Western Front. For most readers of English poetry, the face under that helmet is that of Wilfred Owen.' Professor Jon Stallworthy, from his Introduction.

    When Wilfred Owen was killed in the days before the Armistice in 1918, he left behind a shattering, truthful and indelible record of a soldier's experience of the First World War. His greatest war poetry has been collected, edited and introduced here by Professor Jon Stallworthy. This special edition is published to commemorate the end of the hellish war that Owen, though the hard-won truth and terrible beauty of his poetry, has taught us never to forget.

    Imprint: VINTAGE CLASSICS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • WAR PRIMER
    WAR PRIMER
    BRECHT BERTOLT
    ISBN: 9781784782085
    Title: WAR PRIMER
    Author: BRECHT BERTOLT
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    A terrifying series of short poems by one of the world's leading playwrights, set to images of the Second World War

    In this singular book written during the Second World War, the renowned playwright and poet Bertolt Brecht has taken photographs from newspapers and popular magazines and montaged short epigraph poems to each, in a unique attempt to understand the truth of war using mass media.

    From catastrophic bombings, to propaganda portraits of leading Nazis, to scenes of unbearable tragedy on the battlefield, this is an anthology of horror, but accompanied by Brecht's razor-sharp deconstruction of what we see, through his taut and direct poems. Part Dada project, part proto- Situationist detournement, this book reveals the horror of war, and the cynicism in which it can be presented to us.

    Imprint: VERSO
    RRP: $26.99

    Price: $26.99
  • WASTE LAND
    WASTE LAND
    ELIOT T S
    ISBN: 9780571325740
    Title: WASTE LAND
    Author: ELIOT T S
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Published in 1922, The Waste Land was the most revolutionary poem of its time, offering a devastating vision of modern civilization between the two World Wars.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • WASTE LAND AND OTHER POEMS
    WASTE LAND AND OTHER POEMS
    ELIOT T S
    ISBN: 9780571097128
    Title: WASTE LAND AND OTHER POEMS
    Author: ELIOT T S
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    April is the cruellest month, breeding Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing Memory and desire, stirring Dull roots with spring rain ...

    Published in 1922, The Waste Land was the most revolutionary poem of its time, offering a devastating vision of modern civilisation which has lost none of its power as we enter a new century.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • WHAT DO WE KNOW : POEMS AND PROSE POEMS
    WHAT DO WE KNOW : POEMS AND PROSE POEMS
    OLIVER MARY
    ISBN: 9780306812064
    Title: WHAT DO WE KNOW : POEMS AND PROSE POEMS
    Author: OLIVER MARY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    "Mary Oliver's poetry is fine and deep; it reads like a blessing," wrote Stanley Kunitz many years ago; and recently, Rita Dove described her last volume, The Leaf and the Cloud, as "a brilliant meditation." For the many admirers of Mary Oliver's dazzling poetry and luminous vision, as well as for those who may be coming to her work for the first time, What Do We Know will be a revelation. These forty poems-of observing, of searching, of pausing, of astonishment, of giving thanks-embrace in every sense the natural world, its unrepeatable moments and its ceaseless cycles. Mary Oliver evokes unforgettable images-from one hundred white-sided dolphins on a summer day to bees that have memorized every stalk and leaf in a field-even as she reminds us, after Emerson, that "the invisible and imponderable is the sole fact.

    Imprint: DACAPO
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • WHAT I LICK BEFORE I LICK YOUR FACE ... and Other Haikus By Dogs
    WHAT I LICK BEFORE I LICK YOUR FACE ... and Other Haikus By Dogs
    COLEMAN JAMIE
    ISBN: 9781787631144
    Title: WHAT I LICK BEFORE I LICK YOUR FACE ... and Other Haikus By Dogs
    Author: COLEMAN JAMIE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Imagine if your dog could talk to you. Better still, imagine if it could express its innermost feelings in poetic form.

    This hilarious, insightful book confirms what we've all long suspected - that inside every dog is the soul of a poet. From retrieving sticks to rivalry with cats; from cold winter walks to endlessly chasing tennis balls, no stone of a dog's life is left unturned.

    With a delightful photo alongside every haiku, this is the perfect gift for any dog lover.

    Imprint: BANTAM
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • WHAT MATTERS MOST IS HOW WELL YOU WALK THROUGH FIRE
    WHAT MATTERS MOST IS HOW WELL YOU WALK THROUGH FIRE
    BUKOWSKI CHARLES
    ISBN: 9781574231052
    Title: WHAT MATTERS MOST IS HOW WELL YOU WALK THROUGH FIRE
    Author: BUKOWSKI CHARLES
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This second posthumous collection from Charles Bukowski takes readers deep into the raw, wild vein of writing that extends from the early 70s to the 1990s. This second posthumous collection from Charles Bukowski takes readers deep into the raw, wild vein of writing that extends from the early 70s to the 1990s.

    Imprint: ECCO
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • WHISTLED BIT OF BOP
    WHISTLED BIT OF BOP
    BOLTON KEN
    ISBN: 9780980511352
    Title: WHISTLED BIT OF BOP
    Author: BOLTON KEN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Ken Bolton’s A Whistled Bit of Bop begins and ends with poems that embrace the abstract through collage — working with pre-existing materials, the initial selection often arbitrary. ‘Double Trouble’ deals with time and timing, art, friendship; closing the collection, ‘Triumvirate’ works with similar elements but in a context that is political and historical. Bolton acknowledges parts of a particular pantheon (F.T. Prince, Tony Towle, Peter Schjeldahl, Ashbery, Berrigan, John Forbes) in the sequence ‘Late Night Reading’, which tips from satire to elegy and out again, while ‘Some Photos for Gabe’ takes the form of a letter, wondering at the recipient’s life in London and meditating on two images of domestic life in Australia. In a different register, ‘Australian Suburban Garden’ is spun out of the ‘everyday’ — art, time, Europe. Some poems are amusing tours de force, others are like spells. “The light changed? Must have.”

    Imprint: VAGABOND PRESS
    RRP: $25.00

    Price: $25.00
  • WHITE KNIGHT WITH BEEBOX
    WHITE KNIGHT WITH BEEBOX
    STEELE PETER
    ISBN: 9780980526905
    Title: WHITE KNIGHT WITH BEEBOX
    Author: STEELE PETER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This collection begins with 82 pages of new poems, then follows back through a rich selection from Peter Steele's earlier books. Two volumes of poems on artworks are represented by ones that retain their power separately from illustration. He is a respected poet mainly by repute and glimpses: this gathering shows one of our best, in skill and scope. A worker in traditional forms, he early on perfected his own stress metre, unrhymed and alternating five and four beats - a flexible and driving rhythm for wit and sustained, passionate thinking in the classical tradition of the ode. The effortless range of historical detail is liberating. It plays to our curiosity with references swept in quickly and lightly, turning to precise image as they arrive. Steele has written of poetry's need for 'finger-tip control...it is always delicacy that delivers the goods'. Just as striking is the emotional range, dark to light. The new sequence 'A Mass for Anglesea', framed after that ceremony, is a kind of essay, variously lyrical and mordant, in the modes and tones of joy and grief. Steele's poems, constantly energetic, open as constantly to stillness. White Knight with Beebox: New and Selected Poems was shortlisted for the 2009 Judith Wright Poetry Prize in the A.C.T Awards.

    Imprint: JOHN LEONARD PRESS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • WHY I WAKE EARLY
    WHY I WAKE EARLY
    OLIVER MARY
    ISBN: 9780807068793
    Title: WHY I WAKE EARLY
    Author: OLIVER MARY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    The forty-seven new works in this volume include poems on crickets, toads, trout lilies, black snakes, goldenrod, bears, greeting the morning, watching the deer, and, finally, lingering in happiness. Each poem is imbued with the extraordinary perceptions of a poet who considers the everyday in our lives and the natural world around us and finds a multitude of reasons to wake early.


    Imprint: BEACON PRESS
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • WILD KIND OF TUNE
    WILD KIND OF TUNE
    LENORE MIRIEL
    ISBN: 9781743053706
    Title: WILD KIND OF TUNE
    Author: LENORE MIRIEL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The title of this poetry narrative - 'A Wild Kind of Tune' - captures perfectly the imaginative journey into the poignant psycho-geography of Miriel Lenore's maternal great-grandmother, Caroline. In a wild tale arcing from 1845 to the present, in poetry underpinned by meticulous research, we inhabit settler society with all its attendant joys, hardship and grief as we careen with Caroline through her journey of love, loss and horror into madness. The use of the actual medical records from late nineteenth century Asylums for the Insane (Gladesville and Kenmore) is chilling in the extreme; the rendering of these facts into a narrative of sensitive family history a partial redemption, a heartfelt honouring, of Caroline's bitter life.

    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • WILDLIFE OF BERLIN
    WILDLIFE OF BERLIN
    NEILSEN PHILIP
    ISBN: 9781742589619
    Title: WILDLIFE OF BERLIN
    Author: NEILSEN PHILIP
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Praise for Wildlife of Berlin

    Neilsen’s intelligent, searching, and relentlessly contemporary poems in Wildlife of Berlin reveal a poet whose chief interest is transforming and challenging the way we see our human position in a world under ecological and ideological threat. At once philosophical and conversational, deadly serious and unerringly wry, these poems offer us forensically clear-eyed perspectives on subjects ranging from environmental degradation and the impending collapse of fragile ecosystems in the anthropocene, to unconventional and irreverent portraits of figures drawn from literature and politics and beyond. Neilsen’s poems are miraculously both deeply ethical and deeply comic; they surprise and delight with the irreverence of their critiques, while always keeping an eye on the tragic consequences of human folly. Above all, they ask us to sit still, to pay attention, to re-examine our basic precepts with equal measures of reason, wit, imagination and empathy. Wildlife of Berlin is a superbly crafted, incisive and urgent collection of new work from one of Australia’s most original poets, and deserving of the wide audience I am sure it will find. These are necessary poems for incendiary times.

    SARAH HOLLAND-BATT


    Imprint: UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN AUS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE : Poetry for Kids
    WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE : Poetry for Kids
    SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9781633225046
    Title: WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE : Poetry for Kids
    Author: SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Thirty-five of Shakespeares best-known and most-loved verses and poems, wonderfully illustrated for children ages 8 to 12.

    Love! Betrayal! Ambition! Tragedy! Jealousy!
    William Shakespeare's universal themes continue to resonate with readers of all ages more than 400 years after his death. This wonderful, fully illustrated book introduces children to the Bard and 35 of his most famous and accessible verses, sonnets, and speeches. From 'Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?' to 'O, she doth teach the torches to burn bright!' and 'All the world's a stage,' the words of the greatest playwright and poet spring to life on the page. The next generation of readers, poets, and actors will be entranced by these works of Shakespeare. Each poem is illustrated and includes an explanation by an expert and definitions of important words to give kids and parents the fullest explanation of their content and impact.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $18.99

    Price: $18.99
  • WINTER TREES
    WINTER TREES
    PLATH SYLVIA
    ISBN: 9780571330102
    Title: WINTER TREES
    Author: PLATH SYLVIA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Both published posthumously in 1971, Crossing the Water and Winter Trees contain the poems written along with those that went to form Ariel, from the exceptionally creative period that led up to Sylvia Plath's suicide in 1963. Between them they evoke a sense of place and history, mythology both personal and familial and rooted deeply in the natural world. Alongside the poems in Winter Trees is published Plath's radio play Three Women. In these new incarnations the two extraordinary volumes find their place alongside The Colossus and Ariel in the oeuvre of a singular talent.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • WITCH DOESNT BURN IN THIS ONE
    WITCH DOESNT BURN IN THIS ONE
    LOVELACE AMANDA
    ISBN: 9781449489427
    Title: WITCH DOESNT BURN IN THIS ONE
    Author: LOVELACE AMANDA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Amanda Lovelace returns in the witch doesn't burn in this one — the bold second book in her "women are some kind of magic" series.

    The witch: supernaturally powerful, inscrutably independent, and now – indestructible. These moving, relatable poems encourage resilience and embolden women to take control of their own stories. Enemies try to judge, oppress, and marginalise her, but the witch doesn't burn in this one.

    Imprint: ANDREWS MCMEEL
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
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