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(Australian Book Review, 2003-09)
Say Marmalade. "A Brief History of the Smile" by Angus Trumble [review]
(Australian Book Review, 2004-04)
As one who has always envied but never enjoyed the Germanic Sitzfleisch — the scholar’s ability to lodge the body firmly and indefinitely at its task — I think that I can see its fruits in this book. Mind you, it cannot ...
The Great Riddle. "The Naked Fish: An Autobiography of Belief" by Ian Hansen. [review]
(Australian Book Review, 2002-11)
Given life's pluriform character, any autobiography is inevitably selective: but this 'autobiography of belief' is more open to the variety of experience than many other writings of the self. The domestic plays a great ...
Trafficking in the Unsaid. “The Owner of My Face: New and Selected Poems” by Rodney Hall and “Collected Poems” by Les Murray [Review]
(Australian Book Review, 2002-10)
Poetry is a likening, even when no metaphor is being deployed, no simile adduced. It knows that it is a miming, and, as often as not, is trying to find out what is being mimed. Murray and Hall are alike in their having ...
Tendering the Cup. "Collected Poems 1943-1995" by Gwen Harwood. [review]
(Australian Book Review, 2003-04)
W.H. Auden, following Samuel Butler, thought that 'the true test of imagination is the ability to name a cat', and plenty of people, poets and others have believed this: to recast a dictum of Christ's, if you can't be ...
Fidelities of Summer. "Peripheral Light: Selected and New Poems" by John Kinsella [review]
(Australian Book Review, 2003-12)
I have no idea whether Kinsella knows the poetry of the American Ben Belitt, who died as an old man in August this year. Belitt’s work is an acquired, and a minority, taste, but it happens to be much to my liking. Commentary ...
Praying With Christopher Smart. [poem]
(Australian Book Review, 2003-05)