yMontale : A Biographical AnthologyJohn Watson,
Glebe:Puncher and Wattmann,2006Z14174052006single work poetry Described by the judges of the C. J. Dennis Prize for Poetry Shortlist, 2007, as a 'long poem, self-styled an anthology... It is a book ... [of] seemingly individual poems, some of which draw close to the great Italian poet Eugenio Montale, while others invent a fictive Montale from Mounteagle, N[ew] S[outh] W[ales]. Saturated with aspects of Italy, this is also a long poem about the mind's rich life, its jagged juxtapositions.' Source: State Library of Victoria website, http://www.slv.vic.gov.au (Sighted 13/08/2007)
'This third volume brings together two unique (and typically unclassifiable) additions to John Watson's collected works. For over forty years Watson has been preoccupied with the possibilities of, and delight in, the poetic experience. Here he explores the concepts of the dictionary and the personal diary as ways of realising this delight in tangible form.
'"Views From Mt Brogden" records the reactions of a nineteenth century clergyman and minor poet to the startling landscape of the Australian outback. "A Dictionary of Minor Poets" catalogues fifty or so lesser known twentieth century poets, documenting their vagaries, peccadilloes, tropes and truisms, dead-ends, hopes, aspirations, appearances and disappearances as they gravitate to the notorious Hôtel des Poètes.' (Publisher's blurb)