Chad Parmenter's Batmanticism is an extraordinary collection of poems which explores classic poetic themes and forms while dressed in a cosplay mask, cape, and bat boots.
Do not be deceived.
These poems are masterful examples of poetic craftsmanship. Popular culture, or, rather, the way the author manipulates our imaginative response to figures of popular culture, is used with surgical precision and delivers a collection which is moving, profound, humorous, and intriguing.
We are proud to announce the publication of Peter Murphy's latest collection of poems.
This is a collection of some of the finest pieces of one of Australia’s most important and respected poets. It is a generous and ambitious project; reflective and joyful in equal measure, profound and playful, Finishing Stroke is rare in offering a deceptively joyful immediacy which reveals more and more of its intellectual antecedents on reflection and re-reading.
Peter Murphy's work is always a linguistic and visual joy and the poems in Finishing Stroke are no exception. His regular readers will appreciate his continuing exploration of the ordinary to expose the extraordinary; new readers will delight in the discovery of a poet of rare irreverence and wit.
Convictions of the Heart is a new collection from US poet, John L. Holgerson. The collection is divided in two parts. The first part, Hydra, is Holgerson’s delicate paean to an island he fell in love with when he first visited in 1970 and to which he still returns. The second part, Other Places, Other People, moves the setting from the Aegean Sea to explore the loves and lives of the poet’s experience away from Hydra. What unifies the whole collection is Holgerson’s masterful exploration of a fascination with memory, time, and experience and the shifting perspective that comes with arrival, leaving, recalling, returning.
This is an important collection from a masterful poet, at once challenging and reassuring, insightful and comforting.
"A Tea with Shostakovich is a dream with that 'special chaos' of a dream, which, for William Burroughs, was the hidden secret of Mexico. A 'special chaos', because everything—sometimes weirdly, sometimes eerily—is ever fluid in a dream, and, whatever happens, nobody blinks an eye during it, never. It is absolutely normal to start your day on a bridge in Prague and few minutes later—or few centuries later, because Time does not exist in dreams—being Along the soft banks/of murky Mekong, watching a beautiful and cruel harlot. Why is everything so normal and so logical and why are you completely comfortable with it? Shakespeare, as ever, has the answer: 'We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep'. " - Fulvio Tramontano
Decorating Pain is a confronting collection by Rosie Bogumil, a five time winner of the prestigious Randolph Stowe Award, who is perhaps better known to spoken word fans as Rosie Bee.
In these searing poems, Rosie captures the raw reality of a life lived alongside depression, anxiety, eating disorders and PTSD, but she also records an uplifting account of the triumph of self-acceptance.
This first collection heralds a rich and skilful new poetic voice.
Steve Evans was raised in country towns in South Australia. He was previously the Head of English and Creative Writing at Flinders University, and now edits and teaches for community groups and individuals.
"Putting Unearthly Pleasures together reminded me that a collection of poems is like a village. Its residents might share a neighbourhood but each poem is its own creature on its own personal stage. Their character differs. There’s bickering and harmony, contradictions and confluence, raised voices and sometimes disturbing though quiet ones. There are heroes and villains, and some wearing masks, perhaps seeming light-hearted but making a serious point."
Tim Hawkins’ Jeremiad Johnson balances on the razor wire between natural beauty and disgust with the world as it has devolved to us. ...what Hawkins reveals in his poems is a fortifying or merciless vision. Sometimes both.
In Jeremiad Johnson, Hawkins takes on the poetic voice of a common man surviving somehow in this world we all share together. This is deft observational poetry that escorts readers into the familiar and recognizable scenes that Hawkins paints for us with vivid imagery, touches of irony and subtle humility.
Christopher Ringrose's elegant and sophisticated verse explores mysteries, joys, experiences as they unfurl over decades. These are gentle, explorative, contemplative, but always surprising poems which repay reading and re-reading. Palmistry is the record of life which no one ever predicts.
Presenting these intensely personal but always outward-looking poems, Lika Posamari explores the pain, strength, and wisdom that women draw from the complexity of their relationships across generations. These poems invite the reader to share Lika's startling, uncompromising, but ultimately triumphant conclusions.
The poems in this collection are playful, energetic, and electrically intellectual. Influenced by the rhythms of rap and its inventive exploration and stretching of language to uncover new and unexpected connections, Gavin presents a collection which is simultaneously joyful and provocative.
Em König has assembled a collection which experiments with forms and structures to present his ideas in poems which display themselves like carefully constructed scenes of a single work of theatre. His poetry is unmistakably personal, but never solemn, never self-important or self-obsessed. He shows how the most important touches may only initially touch us lightly, on the skin, but which may reverberate forever.
Stephen House's poetry is startling, direct, and fiercely honest. His poems hold your gaze while challenging you to look away. Stephen's poems are a masterful assertion of the existence and persistence of beauty, uncompromised, unblemished, unconquered. Stephen won the 2018 Goolwa Poetry Cup with a performance of two of the poems included in this collection.
With a nod to The Decameron and The Divine Comedy, Last Time Around moves through three sections or “books”, as the four central characters travel from German beer garden to Brooklyn music venue to Polish diner. Along the way, the characters eulogize and disparage former acquaintances, lovers, and total strangers in an attempt to mask the tender spots in their own lives.
The book’s narrator, Ian, is himself going through a significant period of change when the novel opens. He is starting a new job, moving apartments, and attempting to get over his ex-girlfriend Olivia.
Hovering on the periphery of the evening is Nick Amante, Ian’s nemesis from Yale—a vague but continuous and haunting presence. Amante is a young writer whose most recent book, Inferno, has earned minor recognition. Even while Ian dismisses Amante as a hack (quoting liberally from Inferno’s most purple passages), it becomes clear that Amante has a guide-like role to play in Ian’s life. The night ends in a room full of fake mariachis where Ian finally connects with Amante and Olivia, and receives the inspiration to write his own story.
In the northern summer of 1977 Australians Michael Byrne and Emma Riley are holidaying in Spain. On arriving back in London they are shocked to learn that Elvis is dead; news that will have a profound effect on their lives.
For Emma and Elvis follows Michael and Emma as they make their way through the turmoil of the sixties and seventies – the social and political upheavals, the joy and the grief – in Australia and the world, an era that has gone forever. Australia in the sixties, when a 20-pack of king-size filters was forty cents, as was a 26 oz bottle of beer, or a gallon of petrol. When men too young to vote were conscripted to fight and die in Vietnam, and violence against women was deemed a domestic of no consequence.
For Emma and Elvis is a joyful, thoughtful evocation of a past era, but it highlights powerful messages for today.
Morrison is 17. Smart, sarcastic, annoying, and very angry.
Mr Moore, a school principal on the verge of retirement, has seen it all. Now coping with a wife who has Alzheimers, his plans for his life in retirement are in tatters. The last thing he needs is someone like Morrison.
What happens when two unlikely people find strength in each other?
This unique story is captivating and surprising, bringing tears and laugh-out-loud moments and brilliant insights into the nature of friendship and the problems of ageing at every age.
A novel of strength, hope, humility, and acceptance… and that kid who wears petticoats…
Blue Justice is an Australian crime novel with a difference: this is cops on the beat. This is a book about real policing. There are no tortured detectives puzzling over motive or building a case on fragments of lucky finds of evidence. Forget the bizarre clues, the mastermind criminals. This is blood-on-the-floor police work.
Sergeant Tony Signorotto has good friends, plenty of enemies, and the sort of family connections that just might get you killed. He may be an old-school cop in a rapidly changing world, but even fashionable Carlton still has a few old-fashioned problems to sort out. And Tony Signorotto is just the man to have on hand to solve them.
Phil Copsey served with Victoria State Police Force, Australia, for forty years. His experience fighting crime on the streets of multicultural Melbourne inspired him to write his debut novel, Blue Justice. His depictions of characters and crimes are infused with authentic operational details. The second book in the series, Calibre of Justice, is due for publication in the first half of 2021.
Phil Copsey's new book is out now! The second instalment of the Tony Signorotto series sees the hard bitten police officer newly promoted to the rank of Senior Sergeant. Still stationed at his beloved Carlton Police Station, but out of the firing line of day-to-day street policing, Tony is hoping that the old street wars that raged between him and his mafia relatives are battles of the past.
Life should be less complicated now. He has made the sacrifice of life on the edge for nine-to-five and the paperwork routine surrounding his mahogany foxhole - until the rumours of a possible firearms raid on the Victoria Police Department. Enough handguns, if stolen, to flood the streets of Carlton and every major city in Australia.
Fast-paced, and brilliantly plotted, The Calibre of Justice is also frighteningly real!
Ben Gibson is living the dream. Married to his high school sweetheart and with two beautiful young children, he's also achieved his ultimate goal of becoming a member of the elite Victoria Police Dog Squad. For Ben life just couldn't be better.
But a series of personal disasters leaves Ben questioning his future. How can he continue in the job he loves when so much has been taken from him? As he struggles to overcome his own feelings of devastation, his boss presents him with the opportunity to make a fresh start.
The Dog Cops is an exciting and authentic look at life in an elite crime fighting unit. Police units the world over are equipped with ever more advanced technology, but nothing matches the skill and tenacity of a well-trained police dog team. Brian Barnard served with the Victoria Police Force in Australia for 24 years, 18 of which he spent as a member of the elite Victoria Police Dog Squad.
Macaulay Station is a lament and a celebration. Frank Munro has lost his close friend Charlie, dead just one year, his career is a mundane casualty of the technological revolution, his youth is a memory, another casualty of the tyranny of time.
Frank Munro has had change thrust upon him. He’s trying to adapt. Once an award winning journalist, Frank has been put out to pasture, but he is fighting to renew his purpose, renew his life, and save the woman he loves from her disastrous infatuation.
Can a conversation with a dead man on Macaulay Station point the way?
A novel for anyone who has glimpsed the future and didn't like what they saw.
The hilarious, touching, and sometimes tragic story of Thomas Furphy: writer, dreamer, con man, lover. A man with more than a few skeletons in his closet (and in his backyard).
Male Pattern Behaviour charts this one, very singular, man’s journey to discover meaning in the male role, reform the Australian political system, and regain sexual function. All while evading a psychopath and society more generally.
Reginald Wells' explosive tales of life in rural Australia.
Previously only circulated in ragged samizdat manuscript, this bizarre collection of short stories, at once hilarious, profane, bawdy, tawdry, and unlikely, is now available in an authoritative version. Destined to become an Australian classic.
Not everyone is happy at the rural, Australian way of life depicted in these stories, of course. The eminent Sir Pelham Corrie has written: "One final word. It is not inconceivable that one day some ignorant, jumped-up, crypto-intellectual johnny-come-lately, academic bounder will come along and try to claim that the central character in these stories, the so-called ‘Uncle Vern’, was some kind of modern Sisyphus pushing rocks downhill, a modern Prometheus giving matches to children, some kind of symbol of our times. Well, he certainly is not that. He is nothing but a mountebank, and a living slur on the good name of decent rural folk who are and always have been and always will be the backbone of this great nation of ours."
So don't say you weren't warned. Not recommended for anyone under the age of eighteen. Not recommended for those of delicate or sophisticated taste.
It’s Franny’s eighth birthday and she’s getting her first pet – a cockatiel called Prince Ping Pong.
She’s always wanted someone to love, and more importantly, someone to love her back. But when Prince Ping Pong starts loving their daughter the wrong way, Joan and Richard are thrown into an absurdist parenting nightmare. They must try to remove the deviant bird while conserving what’s left of Franny’s innocence.
After all, these are her formative years.
Love Bird is a powerful, funny, beautifully crafted play which explores the natural process of childhood sexual development and how it is controlled, twisted and warped - often by those who mean to protect it.
Howard Firkin's withering look at life in Mullock, a small Australian town with big plans and bigger characters.
What happens when one of the town's least respected inhabitants becomes one of its most important? Will Granny Beggard's eccentric scheme to avoid another drink driving charge derail Mullock's glorious future?
Sad, funny, wholly unlikely, and wholly predictable, the end of Granny Beggard's dreams are the start of a brand new Mullock.
Todd in Venice is a sparklingly playful script, full of linguistic acrobatics and sexual intrigue, where gender is as fluid as the reality of the city in which it is set. Inspired by Thomas Mann's Der Tod in Venedig (Death in Venice), Sofia Chapman takes her readers on a guided tour of Venice and humanity, by turns poignant, funny, provocative, and joyful.
Todd in Venice premiered in a shortened form at Gasworks Arts Park ‘Playtime’ development program on St Agnes’ night, Midsumma Festival 2016. It opened in its full version in February 2017 for the Midsumma Festival of that year.
Warmly received by audiences at its opening, Todd in Venice is a richly rewarding play to read, allowing a full appreciation of the skilful layering of meaning and language. Truly a delight!
A collection of the life stories of some of Mudgee’s most prominent residents, edited by Jill Baggett and Pamela Meredith, this anthology presents the life stories of a fascinating and enterprising group of individuals. "Such stories, such variety in the histories of these people now collected and held for coming generations to read and wonder. Lives so different from today..."
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