New and Selected Poems 1991-2017

Awards:   Short-listed for NSW Premiers Literary Awards Poetry Prize 2004 Short-listed for Victorian Premiers Awards Poetry Prize 1998 Winner of Anne Elder Poetry Award 1992 Winner of Dame Mary Gilmore Poetry Prize 1992
Author:   Alison Croggon
Publisher:   Newport Street Books
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Pages:   328
Publication Date:   01 August 2017
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New and Selected Poems 1991-2017


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Awards

  • Short-listed for NSW Premiers Literary Awards Poetry Prize 2004
  • Short-listed for Victorian Premiers Awards Poetry Prize 1998
  • Winner of Anne Elder Poetry Award 1992
  • Winner of Dame Mary Gilmore Poetry Prize 1992

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Alison Croggon is one of the most powerful lyric poets writing today. - Australian Book Review Raw, passionate and dazzling, Alison Croggon's poetry confronts a world fractured by different kinds of violence - patriarchal, colonial, sexual and emotional - and finds there a difficult beauty. Selected Poems 1991-2017 brings together works from all nine of her published collections, new poems and previously unpublished work. It demonstrates the full range of her art: formally inventive, intellectually curious and stylistically assured. It is in the supra-personal realm that these two most interestingly experimental poets [MTC Cronin and Alison Croggon] seem to be going. Their lyric `I' is not the often vapid, dull but clever `I' or lack of it that often prevails in some curiously passive male poetry. Both accord with Tielhard de Chardin who, in The Phenonenon of Man, states: `To be fully ourselves it is...in the direction of convergence with the rest that we must advance - towards the other'. They have poetic voices flexible enough to avoid the fixity and biographical connection that makes the first person problematic. ...These poets transcend the lyric `I', not by defusing it in a polymorphous voice, but by being innovative. They accept the solipsism of existence and the consequent emotive authority of the self as the traditional core of what constitutes poetry. Yet they are profoundly liberated from the oppressive politics of the narrow self. - Patricia McCarthy, Agenda Alison Croggon's poetry is distinguished by passion, intelligence and intense moral honesty. - George Szirtes

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Author:   Alison Croggon
Publisher:   Newport Street Books
Imprint:   Newport Street Books
Dimensions:   Width: 15.20cm , Height: 1.80cm , Length: 22.80cm
ISBN:  

9780648067627


ISBN 10:   0648067629
Pages:   328
Publication Date:   01 August 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In stock   Availability explained
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Table of Contents

Note Selected Poems The poet has no identity Why I don't like being photographed Ode Poetry you never lied to me Beasts Quickening I Family Notes II Love Poems III Howl IV Domestic Art Emily Bronte The Elwood Organic Fruit and Vegetable Shop Amplitudes Poem for John Ode to Walt Whitman All Souls Day A flower Billie Holiday Lindy Chekhov in Sakhalin November burning The page cannot be found after Arseny Tarkovsky The Gift Coma Songs of a Quiet Woman Attempts at being Beginning again Pause Leaves Cassandra The Edgeless Page Seduction Poem Fairytale Sonnets Sonata Angels Failures A unicorn Names On the First Period after Pregnancy Small Things Of prayer Wars Translations from Nowhere Pain Colours Beauty The beast All that nature Some steps Songs of a dictator 1: He woos his mistress 2: He regrets his youth 3: His philosophy Poems for Television A Requiem Introit Dies Irae Offertory Communion For Ben Notes What the Glove Said Bird Prologue Untitled Cuneiforms Ars Poetica Nights Aubade Divinations Nude with mirror Yet Tracing the damage Afterwards They do not arrive in time In a restaurant On the Death of God Enduring freedom La Belle Dame Rising from Aquifers Owl Songs Medea I will write Flames A digression This window Saint Witchcharm Poem for Zoe The wind Money Language Where are the dark woods? Mnemosyne Phrases Suttee From the West Gate Bridge I like to think about my beloved Once upon a time The letters of the good mothers Poetry on tv Thoreau in Chernobyl Persephone In the hour of dogs The virgin bride Euterpe Mayakovsky Words A History of Rain To break a silence Specula Visions of the world's surface Of Margery of Kempe I Of Life's Mys(t)eries Of Margery of Kempe II The Unknown Language Of Margery of Kempe III Dance of the Seven Veils Of Margery of Kempe IV The Kingdom O my america If in foregone times There are breakages certainly Why I Am Not A Scientist Bees Couplets Alley Schwittering Theatre Goodnight, sweet prince Iseult Possible Elegies On lyric Notes on the poems

Reviews

Alison Croggon is one of the most powerful lyric poets writing today. - Australian Book Review It is in the supra-personal realm that these two most interestingly experimental poets [MTC Cronin and Alison Croggon] seem to be going. Their lyric 'I' is not the often vapid, dull but clever 'I' or lack of it that often prevails in some curiously passive male poetry. Both accord with Tielhard de Chardin who, in The Phenonenon of Man, states: 'To be fully ourselves it is...in the direction of convergence with the rest that we must advance - towards the other'. They have poetic voices flexible enough to avoid the fixity and biographical connection that makes the first person problematic. ...These poets transcend the lyric 'I', not by defusing it in a polymorphous voice, but by being innovative. They accept the solipsism of existence and the consequent emotive authority of the self as the traditional core of what constitutes poetry. Yet they are profoundly liberated from the oppressive politics of the narrow self. - Patricia McCarthy, Agenda Alison Croggon's poetry is distinguished by passion, intelligence and intense moral honesty. - George Szirtes


Author Information

Alison Croggon's poetry has been widely published in journals in Australia and internationally, and is included in many major Australian anthologies. Her first poetry collection, This is the Stone, won the Anne Elder and Dame Mary Gilmore Prizes. The Blue Gate was a finalist for the Victorian Premier's Poetry Prize. Attempts at Being was shortlisted for the NSW Premier's Literary Awards Poetry Prize and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in the US. Her poetry has been set to music by several composers and she has written many libretti, including Mayakovsky, for an opera by Michael Smetanin, which was a finalist for the Victorian Premier's Awards Drama Prize, and The Riders, for Iain Grandage, which was named Choral/Vocal Work of the Year in the Australian Art Music Awards. She is the author of the popular fantasy series The Books of Pellinor. Other novels include The River and the Book, a finalist in the WA Premier's Awards and winner of the Environmental Writing for Children Award; Black Spring, a finalist in the NSW Premiers Literary Awards; and Navigatio. She is also a performance critic, and in 2009 was named the Geraldine Pascall Critic of the Year. She lives in Melbourne, Australia, with her husband, the playwright Daniel Keene, with whom she is co-writing a new speculative fiction series. Her previous poetry collections are Theatre (Salt Publishing 2008), Torque (Ahahada Press, 2008), Ash (Cusp Books, Los Angeles 2005); November Burning (Vagabond Press Rare Objects Series, Sydney, 2004); The Common Flesh: New and Selected Poems (Arc Publications, UK, 2003), Attempts at Being (Salt Publishing, UK, 2002), Mnemosyne (Wild Honey Press, Ireland, 2001); The Blue Gate (Black Pepper Press, 1997) and This is the Stone (Penguin Books, 1991). For more information visit alisoncroggon.com

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