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The Best Australian Poetry 2009

The Best Australian Poetry 2009 celebrates the originality and verve of Australian poetry at this moment.

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In this collection of 40 poems Alan Wearne brings long experience as a poet and teacher of poetry, and a sharp eye for the surprising.

Bookended with an introduction by Wearne and the poets’ commentary on their work, this year’s collection is a sophisticated and accessible sampling of recent achievements in Australian poetry.


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.

Alan Wearne

Alan Wearne has been part of the Australian poetry scene since 1968 and is the author of three verse collections, a verse novella, two verse novels and Kicking in Danger, a satire on Melbourne's football. The first volume of his verse novel, The Lovemakers, won the New South Wales Premier's Literary Award for Poetry, the New South Wales Premier's Literary Award for Book of the Year and the Arts Queensland Judith Wright Calanthe Award. The Lovemakers Book Two co-won the Foundation for Australian Literary Studies’ Colin Roderick Award and H.T. Priestley Medal. The Lovemakers has since been published in one volume by Shearsman Books of Exeter, England. His latest book is The Australian Popular Songbook which won the 2008 Grace Levin prize. Saying of himself ‘I am an elitist and I am an entertainer’, Alan teaches poetry at the University of Wollongong, lives part of the year in Fremantle and considers himself a Melbourne poet living in exile.