Poetry Journal

A biannual journal of poetry, essays, memoir, criticism and reviews, published by Australian Poetry Ltd.

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‘[L]ove and hate,/ Irreconcilable,/ Yet can mate’: Reading Lesbia Harford’s Collected Poems

I feel like both celebrating and, in some respects, mourning the missed opportunity that was available with Oliver Dennis’s edited Collected Poems of Lesbia Harford (2014). This volume brings into print for the first time a good many of Harford’s poems, some particularly significant. It has been a long time since Drusilla Modjeska and Marjorie Pizer’s The Poems of Lesbia Harford (1985), the first major collection of Harford’s poetry, and even longer still to Nettie Palmer’s first slim ...

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Susan Hawthorne and Spinifex Press

‘I failed English literature when I was sixteen’. This, from the author who wrote The Butterfly Effect, the poetry book from 2005 that blew my mind with its heady mix of the critical and the lyrical; this from the same poet who went on to write Cow and Lupa and Lamb, where mythology and history combine in experimental semi-verse novel forms; this from the same woman who wrote the decisive feminist eco-political text Wild Politics; the same woman who, with her life and business partner Renate...

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Latest issues

June 2016

Australian Poetry Journal

Volume 6 Issue 1

In this issue, concatenations: large and small celebrations, deaths of poets, a curious run of eulogies and the fortuitous confluence of several essays on women’s poetry and publishing.

November 2015

Australian Poetry Journal

Volume 5 Issue 2

This issue continues to take account of the work of translation and influence.

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Australian Poetry News Update

Thanks again to all for supporting the important work of AP as the sole national representative body for poetry in this country. We are thrilled at the new program that's been rolling out in 2016 - a big shout-out to all those who have atte...

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NSW: Australian Poetry Journal & Anthology Launch

Our two most recent, beautiful publications – Australian Poetry Journal Vol 5 No 2 and the Australian Poetry Anthology 2015 – were launched simultaneously in Sydney in November, at the superb Stanley Street Gallery, Darlinghurst. Thanks...

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