Poetry

Announcement: POEMS FAR AND WIDE

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OCTOBER 2018

I am delighted to announce that leading Australian literary publisher Puncher & Wattmann will publish my latest collection of poems, Poems Far and Wide, possibly as early as November 2018. 

Without being too cocky (sorry!) I believe this is a substantial collection, possibly my best so far, and includes many poems that have been previously published, anthologised, or have won - or shortlisted in - local and international competitions.

So watch out for it! I hope readers enjoy Poems Far and Wide.... just as much as I enjoyed putting it together. 

Some poems date back to 2004, while others are very recent indeed, with a few still receiving a final cut and polish! The tone is contemporary and bold; while my sensibility tends to favor an eclectic inclusiveness. There are are some longer dramatic and narrative poems, and others more lyrical in essence.

There are poems very close to home, some are observations of the natural world, while others take readers to far-flung destinations around the globe. Some are dramatic, or the poetic equivalent of 'character studies', with reverberating psychological resonance. There are poems of fast-paced wit and humor, and others deadly serious. There are trance-like or dream-like poems too, and experiments in language – often contrasting with hard-nosed factual observation. I hope the wide-ranging ambition of this collection will be enjoyed.

** Poems Far and Wide includes one first prize winner of an international literary award; another first prize winner of a leading Australian poetry competition; plus eleven poems that have placed or been highly commended, commended or shortlisted in various major awards. 

Poems Far and Wide is currently in early production stage, but I will display a copy of the cover on this website as soon as it becomes available, plus news of launches, reviews and details of price - and where you can purchase a copy. See link to publisher's website, below:

PWlogo 26w29h Puncher & Wattmann is one of Australia's leading literary publishers, so I am in excellent company. To date, they have published more than 100 titles, with more on the way. They deserve support from all serious readers: see https://puncherandwattmann.com/

Watch this space for further news, dates and details!   

For a sampler of my previous work, see https://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poems-book/growing-up-with-mr-menzies-0736000

And https://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poems-book/dark-river-0271000

       

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