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The Best Australian Poetry 2008
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Guest Editor David Brooks brings to this collection his reputation as a poet of distinction, as well as his acumen as the editor of Australia's oldest literary journal, Southerly.

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Overview

His selection of 40 poems from Australia's print and online journals captures a sense of poetry as passion, as lived experience, and momentary distillations into action.

Together with comments from the poets discussing their work, The Best Australian Poetry 2008 takes stock of what's new and exciting in Australian poetry now.

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David Brooks

David Brooks

David Brooks is the author of four previous collections of poetry, three of short fiction, four highly acclaimed novels, and a major work of Australian literary history, The Sons of Clovis (UQP 2011). His The Book of Sei (1985) was heralded as the most impressive debut in Australian short fiction since Peter Carey’s, and his second novel, The Fern Tattoo (UQP 2007), was short-listed for the Miles Franklin award. The Sydney Morning Herald called his previous collection of poetry, The Balcony (UQP 2008), ‘an electric performance’. Until 2013 he taught Australian Literature at the University of Sydney, where he was also the foundation director of the graduate writing program and for many years was co-editor of literary journal Southerly. He lives in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales, and spends several months each year in a village on the coast of Slovenia.

Bronwyn Lea

Bronwyn Lea is the author of Flight Animals (UQP, 2001) which won the Wesley Michel Wright Prize for Poetry, the Fellowship of Australian Writers Anne Elder Award, and was shortlisted for five national awards. Her poems have won a number of prizes, including the Arts Queensland Poetry Prize and the Somerset National Poetry Prize, and have been widely published, anthologised, and translated into French, Spanish and Chinese. Bronwyn is series editor, with Martin Duwell, of UQP’s Best Australian Poetry annual anthology. Her most recent collection of poems is The Other Way Out (Giramondo, 2008). She lives in Brisbane.