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Pub date: November 2016
RRP: $24.99
ISBN: 9781863958875
Imprint: Black Inc.

The Best Australian Poems 2016

Edited by Sarah Holland-Batt

‘Above all, poetry – for both its readers and its writers – is a form that demands attentiveness and active intelligence. It treats language as a volatile and charged commodity, and one whose subtleties and nuances are worth puzzling over.’—Sarah Holland-Batt

Award-winning poet, critic, editor and academic Sarah Holland-Batt takes the helm as editor of this year’s Best Australian Poems. Demonstrating the diversity, inventive brilliance and dynamism of our country’s finest poets, this collection features work from both rising stars and well-known figures, and presents a dazzling array of themes and styles. Whether addressing biotechnology or domestic violence, migrant experience or the natural world, the poems in this anthology are sure to inspire, provoke and move.

About the editor

Sarah Holland-Batt is the author of The Hazards (UQP, 2015) and Aria (UQP, 2008), which won the Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize, the Arts ACT Judith Wright Award, and the FAW Anne Elder Award and was shortlisted in both the New South Wales and Queensland Premiers’ Literary Awards. She is presently a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at the Queensland University of Technology and the poetry editor of Island.

 


Contributors for 2016

Martin Harrison • Robert Adamson • Jordie Albiston • Adam Aitken • Chris Andrews • Evelyn Araluen • Judith Beveridge • Ken Bolton • Peter Boyle • Michael Brennan • Lisa Brockwell • David Brooks • Kevin Brophy • Lachlan Brown • Pam Brown • Joanne Burns • Michelle Cahill • Elizabeth Campbell • Bonny Cassidy • Julie Chevalier • Eileen Chong • Aidan Coleman • Stuart Cooke • MTC Cronin • Nathan Curnow • Sarah Day • Luke Davies • Joel Deane • Jelena Dinic • Dan Disney • Lucy Dougan • Laurie Duggan • Ali Cobby Eckermann • Stephen Edgar • Anne Elvey • Michael Farrell • Liam Ferney • Toby Fitch • Lionel Fogarty • Tina Giannoukos • Lisa Gorton • Robert Gray • Phillip Hall • Natalie Harkin • Dennis Haskell • Paul Hetherington • Dominique Hecq • Fiona Hile • LK Holt • Andy Jackson • Lisa Jacobson • Clive James • Virginia Jealous • A. Frances Johnson • Jill Jones • Kit Kelen • Cate Kennedy • John Kinsella • Andy Kissane • Shari Kocher • Simeon Kronenberg • Verity Laughton • Anthony Lawrence • Bronwyn Lea • Emma Lew • Kate Lilley • Debbie Lim • Kate Llewellyn • Cameron Lowe • Jennifer Maiden • Caitlin Maling • David Malouf • David McCooey • Kate Middleton • Peter Minter • Les Murray • TT.O. • Ella O’Keefe • Meredi Ortega • Geoff Page • Charmaine Papertalk-Green • Felicity Plunkett • Claire Potter • Peter Rose • Hessom Razavi • Robyn Rowland • Gig Ryan • Tracy Ryan • Omar Sakr • Jaya Savige • Thomas Shapcott • Alex Skovron • Maria Takolander • John Tranter • Tim Thorne • Ellen van Neerven • Ann Vickery • Chris Wallace-Crabbe • Simon West • Petra White • Jessica L. Wilkinson • Fiona Wright • Ouyang Yu • Fay Zwicky • Billy Marshall Stoneking