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Attention Span 2012 | Ann Vickery

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Gig Ryan | New and Selected Poems | Giramondo | 2011

This volume brings together a substantial section of blow-you-away new poetry and a sharp selection of past work over a number of decades. Ryan’s is among the best contemporary poetry going, from classics like “If I Had a Gun” and “Not Like a Wife” to “Parting Winter”.

Kate Lilley | Ladylike | UWA | 2012

What a killer follow-up to Versary! This collection is a major renovation of the poetry corpus, redesigning the gender effects with assured style. “I await the southerly buster like any denizen,” and here it is.

Duncan Bruce Hose | One Under Bacchus | Inken Publisch | 2011

The second collection by this self-proclaimed troubadour and devilish dealer in myth, One Under Bacchus is hilarious as it is tender and louche. A definite front-pocket read for the coming decade.

Kate Fagan | First Light | Giramondo | 2012

Ten years after The Long Moment, we finally have Kate Fagan’s breathtaking collection, First Light. Fagan threads between poetry, philosophy, and friendship to construct a lucent tissue of being both in the world and through language.

Michael Farrell | Open Sesame | Giramondo | 2012 

Open Sesame is a collection of a poet at the top of the game: incredibly funny, linguistically and conceptually adventurous, and often political in pointing to instances of injustice and loss. Poems may range from an absurdist fascination with the everyday to crossing the tyre-tracks of past avant-gardes.

Ali Alizadeh | Ashes in the Air | Queensland | 2011

In this distilled, intense collection, Alizadeh confronts social and personal histories head on and takes on the challenge of a transformative poetics.

Astrid Lorange | Eating and Speaking | Tea Party Republican | 2011

Published the same year as her Minor Dogs, the Steinian flair and lust for language demonstrated in this collection makes Lorange an exciting textual impresario.

Toby Fitch | Rawshock | Puncher & Wattmann | 2012

Producing some of the most visually ambitious poetry around, Fitch’s revision of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth through the original Rorschach inkblots is inspired.

Benjamin Frater | 6am in the Universe: Selected Poems | Grand Parade Poets | 2011

Electric and demonic, this collection of Frater’s poetry written across his short life leaves one salad-tossed between ambivalence and admiration.

Jessica Wilkinson | marionette | Vagabond | 2011

This chapbook provides an opening frame-shot of Wilkinson’s full-scale long-poem on the Hollywood actress, Marion Davies, and is a sophisticated example of feminist documentary poetics.

Chris Edwards | People of Earth | Vagabond | 2011

A fluking Mallarmé revisionist, effigy ransacker, and brilliant humour fiend, Edwards is an addictive poet to read. His “Plan C” is obviously an insider’s blueprint of the Official present.


Ann Vickery teaches at Deakin University, Australia. She is the author of Leaving Lines of Gender: A Feminist Genealogy of Language Writing (Wesleyan, 2000) and Stressing the Modern: Cultural Politics in Australian Women’s Poetry (Salt Publishing, 2007), and co-author with Maryanne Dever and Sally Newman of The Intimate Archive: Journeys through Private Papers (National Library of Australia, 2009). She also co-edited Manifesting Australian Literary Feminisms: Nexus and Faultlines (Australian Literary Studies, 2009) with Margaret Henderson.

This is Ann Vickery’s first contribution to Attention Span. Return to 2012 directory.

Written by Steve Evans

October 23, 2012 at 8:30 am

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