POEMS FAR AND WIDE
Posted July, 2019
I am delighted to announce that Australian literary publisher Puncher & Wattmann has just published my latest collection of poems, Poems Far and Wide
See: https://puncherandwattmann.com/books/recent/ (where my book is now listed). And: https://www.newsouthbooks.com.au/books/poems-far-and-wide/
**** The Melbourne launch of Poems Far and Wide will take place on Sunday August 18, at 4.30pm. Those requiring an invitation, please send an email, to: (all in lower case) john followed immediately without any spaces by dot(.) then by jenkx1 then @gmail.com
Poems Far and Wide is now available from The Eltham Bookshop, Readings Carlton, and on order through all good bookshops.
Without being too cocky 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.
"This very lively collection contains a wide sweep of poems, many of them prize-winning, taking readers on a remarkable journey. Some look to the past, others to the future, but all are of their time: the reverberating now. The tone is contemporary and bold, while the poet’s sensibility tends to favour an eclectic inclusiveness. Uniformly, this wide-ranging and poetically engaging collection demands to be enjoyed."
I hope readers enjoy Poems Far and Wide.... just as much as I enjoyed putting it together.
Some poems date back a little, while others are very recent indeed! The tone is contemporary and bold. 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 two first-prize winners, of both an international literary award and leading Australian poetry competition; plus eleven poems that have placed or been highly commended, commended or shortlisted in major awards.
Poems Far and Wide has now been published, and its Melbourne launch will take place on Sunday August 18, at 4.30pm. Those requiring an invitation, please send an email to: (all in lower case) john followed immediately without any spaces by dot(.) then by jenkx1 then @gmail.com
*Puncher & Wattmann is one of Australia's leading literary publishers, so I am in excellent company. To date, they have published 150-plus titles, with more on the way. They deserve support from all serious readers.
For a sampler of my previous work, see https://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poems-book/growing-up-with-mr-menzies-0736000
Cocky pic, JJ. Cartoon opposite, Shan.