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The Special

Winner of the 2013 Thomas Shapcott Award

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Both fun and playful, Stavanger’s poems display wit and beguiling originality. They shift from the oddball to the vulnerable and from the zany to the deeply meditative.

Stavanger’s collection embodies a spirit of the post-post-modern in both intellect and spark, while playing off cool disjunctions against electrifying erudition. There is a strong trace of the performative and dramatic in these poems – Stavanger’s flair for performance poetry gives this award-winning collection a distinct and likeable flavour.

David Stavanger, author of The Special

David Stavanger

David Stavanger is a poet, performer, editor, cultural producer and lapsed psychologist. In 2013 he won the Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize for The Special (UQP), which was awarded the 2015 Wesley Michel Wright Poetry Prize. He was co-director of the Queensland Poetry Festival from 2015 to 2017, and has been at the forefront of founding poetry slam in Australia. Also known as the Green Room-nominated spoken word artist Ghostboy, he lives between the stage and the page.