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Starlight:
150 Poems

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Radical revisions, mistranslations and multilingual dealings: in Starlight, John Tranter destroys and rebuilds works by poets including Baudelaire, Mallarmé, Ashbery and T. S. Eliot. The back story of modern poetry is vigorously interrogated, though the narratives are contemporary and the action takes place in the arena of the here and now. The atmosphere crackles with colloquial energy and the dialogue undercuts itself with a dry wit. Tranter’s restless craft is evident in the service of a complex and free-ranging style in this brilliantly playful collection. PRAISE FOR JOHN TRANTER\'An intensity, and a many-sided explorativeness [unmatched] in Australian poetry.’ MARTIN DUWELL

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Tranter’s restless craft is evident in the service of a complex and free-ranging style in this brilliantly playful collection.

Poor Doris, she was like an uprooted tree
swirling through the eye of a tornado, one viewer feels,
an aquatic Dorothy Gale in a gale. Then
she married again and again, but America
is sleeping safely with its secrets in the Western night.

Radical revisions, mistranslations and multilingual dealings: in Starlight, John Tranter destroys and rebuilds works by poets including Baudelaire, Mallarmé, Ashbery and T. S. Eliot. The back story of modern poetry is vigorously interrogated, though the narratives are contemporary and the action takes place in the arena of the here and now. The atmosphere crackles with colloquial energy and the dialogue undercuts itself with a dry wit.
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John Tranter

John Tranter is an internationally renowned poet. His many volumes of poetry include Under Berlin (UQP 1988), which won the Grace Leven Prize, and At the Florida (UQP 1993). He edited the controversial anthology The New Australian Poetry, and co-edited The Penguin Book of Modern Australian Poetry with Philip Mead in 1993, now the standard text in its field. He is the author of twenty books and the founding editor of the free internet magazine Jacket. http://johntranter.net/