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Over a period of fifteen years Clive James learned French by almost no other method than reading A la recherche du temps perdu. Then he spent half a century trying to get up to speed with Proust's great novel... read more

Gate of Lilacs: A Verse Commentary on Proust
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Burning Rice
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Cigarette Poems can be described as a politically incorrect treatise on love, cigarettes, poetry and self-preservation.
It is also a series of free form poems written around a relationship, creating an abstract narrative as t... read more

Cigarette Poems
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Painting Red Orchids
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The last ten years has unequivocally demonstrated that Clive James is far more than a mere talking head. Once known as one of the English-speaking world s most popular television personalities, James has gone on to be a celebrated ... read more

Poetry Notebook
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Peony
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Les Murray's new volume of poems - his first in five years - continues his use of molten language. From 'The Black Beaches' to 'Radiant Pleats, Mulgoa', from 'High Speed Trap Space' to '1960 Brought the Electric', this is verse ... read more

Waiting for the Past
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In the course of his new collection of poems - several of which have already become famous before their book publication - Clive James looks back over an extraordinarily rich life with a clear-eyed and unflinching honesty. There a... read more

Sentenced to Life
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'Geoff Page's collection of the best poems of 2014 serves only to underscore how essential to a properly reflexive and self-aware culture the writing and reading of poetry is.' - Gregory Day, The Australian The Best Austra... read more

Best Australian Poems 2015
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"Yes, the gods are on the park bench, the gods are on the bus, / ""The gods are all here, the gods are in us. / ""The gods are timeless, fearless, fighting to be bold, / ""conviction is a heavy hand to hold, / ""grip it, winged s... read more

Brand New Ancients
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Awards:Shortlisted for Costa Book of the Year 2014.

"Finally I realised that I had been practising for this job every time I wrote a quatrain ...I had spent all this time - the greater part of a lifetime - preparing my instruments" The Divine Comedy is the precursor of modern literatu... read more

Divine Comedy
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'one of the most compelling voices in Australian poetry this decade' - Overland Literary Journal A haunting visit to the International Museum of Slavery, in Liverpool England. A feisty young black girl pushing back against autho... read more

Carrying the World
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The complete Cavafy poems - including the unfinished works - in a stunning new translation. From the acclaimed author of 'The Lost', a translation that scales new heights in modern poetic rendering. With a masterful eye... read more

The Complete Poems of C. P. Cavafy
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This exquisite collection of poetry, while loosely following Charles Darwin's life, is more a 'portrait' in verse of his inner and family life. In 1836, a twenty-six year old Charles Darwin stopped at Wentworth Falls en route to Ba... read more

The Darwin Poems
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W. B. Yeats (1865-1939) was not only Ireland's greatest poet but one of the most influential voices in world literature in the twentieth century. His extraordinary work, in the words of this volume's editor Seamus Heaney, encourages us to ... read more

W.B. Yeats
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Taller When Prone is Les Murray's first volume of new poems since 2006's The Biplane Houses. With characteristic grace and dexterity, these poems combine a mastery of form with a matchless ear for the Australian vernacular. Many evoke rural life - its rhythms and rituals, the natural world, the landscape and the people who have shaped it.

Taller When Prone
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Robert Browning was one of the greatest of English poets, whose intense and original imagination enabled him to transform any subject he chose - whether everyday or sublime - into startling memorable verse. In his work... read more

Selected Poems: Robert Browning
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Stephen Fry believes that if you can speak and read English you can write poetry. But it is no fun if you don't know where to start or have been led to believe that Anything Goes. Stephen, who has long wri... read more

The Ode Less Travelled: Unlocking the Poet within
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Poetry by Heart - based on the hugely successful nationwide schools competition, 200 magical poems to learn by heart. "The poems we learn stay with us for the rest of our lives. They become personal and in... read more

Poetry by Heart: Poems for Learning and Reciting
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