Cliffs single work   poetry   "Where the cliff cleaves up"
Issue Details: First known date: 1977 1977
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  • Appears in:
    y Makar vol. 12 no. 3 March 1977 Z593195 1977 periodical issue 1977 pg. 63
  • Appears in:
    y Collected Poems Jennifer Rankin , Judith Rodriguez (editor), St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 1990 Z453386 1990 selected work poetry drama St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 1990 pg. 49
  • Appears in:
    y Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature Nicholas Jose (editor), Kerryn Goldsworthy (editor), Anita Heiss (editor), David McCooey (editor), Peter Minter (editor), Nicole Moore (editor), Elizabeth Webby (editor), Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2009 Z1590615 2009 anthology correspondence diary drama essay extract poetry prose short story (taught in 23 units)

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    'From vivid settler accounts to haunting gothic tales, from raw protest to feisty urban satire and playful literary experiment, from passionate love poetry to moving memoir, the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature reflects the creative eloquence of a society.

    'Chosen by a team of expert editors, who have provided illuminating essays about their selections, and with more than 500 works from over 300 authors, it is an authoritative survey and a rich world of reading to be enjoyed.' (Publisher's blurb)

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    Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2009
    pg. 995

Works about this Work

The Sounds of Sight: Jennifer Rankin's Poetics Bonny Cassidy , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 6 no. 1 2007; (p. 91-103)
'Attention to Jennifer Rankin's poetry was spare within her lifetime. Twenty-eight years after her death, the time has come to challenge her critical reception and to recognise the importance of her poetics on its own terms. Her work has an antithetical relationship to the generation of '68, and the shadowy place that it takes among the poetry of her peers can be defined by its struggle against subjectivity; a poetics at odds with John Tranter's descriptions of a new Australian poetry. This article reads several of Rankin's poems closely, and in comparison with a poem by Robert Adamson, to demonstrate Rankin's approach to subjectivity and the influence of painting on her poetry.' (JASAL abstract)
The Sounds of Sight: Jennifer Rankin's Poetics Bonny Cassidy , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 6 no. 1 2007; (p. 91-103)
'Attention to Jennifer Rankin's poetry was spare within her lifetime. Twenty-eight years after her death, the time has come to challenge her critical reception and to recognise the importance of her poetics on its own terms. Her work has an antithetical relationship to the generation of '68, and the shadowy place that it takes among the poetry of her peers can be defined by its struggle against subjectivity; a poetics at odds with John Tranter's descriptions of a new Australian poetry. This article reads several of Rankin's poems closely, and in comparison with a poem by Robert Adamson, to demonstrate Rankin's approach to subjectivity and the influence of painting on her poetry.' (JASAL abstract)
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