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'Prose poetry is a resurgent literary form in the English-speaking world and has been rapidly gaining popularity in Australia. Cassandra Atherton and Paul Hetherington have gathered a broad and representative selection of the best Australian prose poems written over the last fifty years.

'The Anthology of Australian Prose Poetry includes numerous distinguished prose poets-Jordie Albiston, joanne burns, Gary Catalano, Anna Couani, Alex Skovron, Samuel Wagan Watson, Ania Walwicz and many more and documents prose poetry's growing appeal over recent decades, from the poetic margins to the mainstream.

'This collection reframes our understanding not only of this dynamic poetic form, but of Australian poetry as a whole.' (Publication summary)

Contents

* Contents derived from the Melbourne, Victoria,:Melbourne University Press , 2020 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
A Strange Magic : Australian Prose Poetry, Cassandra Atherton , Paul Hetherington , single work criticism (p. 1-16)
Poet on Traini"out the corner of my eye, an olive-skinned hand, black notebook on lap. profile", Carolyn Abbs , single work poetry (p. 19)
Empty Your Eyesi"The suffering has ended", Robert Adamson , single work poetry (p. 20)
By the Sea (Retired)i"Thick tubes of bamboo conceal your form as you sneak through half light", Michael Aiken , single work poetry (p. 21)
Lines from The Loveri"It was never a question of beauty but something else. Mind for example. For a long", Adam Aitken , single work poetry (p. 22)
Berylliumi"Be-tter two than one she recalls less than none", Jordie Albiston , single work poetry (p. 23)
[Anon]i"that's all a lusciousless day today nothing like the smell", single work poetry (p. 24)
Bondsi"You wore a white bonds t-shirt to bed last night. A plain, white, no-nonsense Bonds", Cassandra Atherton , single work poetry (p. 25)
In a Cafe...i"by the rampage, all the chairs are carved in limestone", Eugen Bacon , single work poetry (p. 26)
Hamlet without the Princei"Vulnerable as a forest red-tailed black cockatoos, you went south the day", Stuart Barnes , single work poetry (p. 27)
The Loversi"Say that it is possible to love [live] without knowing why. The meanest may", Bruce Beaver , single work poetry (p. 28)
Audiblei"The camera panned up away from our conversation and fixed on a", Luke Beesley , single work poetry (p. 29)
My Namei"Someone is prowling around the borders of my name. They have", Judith Beveridge , single work poetry (p. 30)
Icarus (from Virilities)i"I can understand how mentally deranged or overdosed people plunge", Javant Biarujia , single work poetry (p. 31)
The Definition of a Placei"Where the slow-pulsed creek grips a handful of", Judith Bishop , single work poetry (p. 32)
The Medusai"I'D LIKE to hide, but cannot hide my vision of the bay's incoming", John Blight , single work poetry (p. 33)
Some Mountainsi"The mountain beyond that pass has no name. It is too old for us to name", Peter Boyle , single work poetry (p. 34)
Missing Wordsi"I don't know how many things there are in this world that", Peter Boyle , single work poetry (p. 35)
Hyde Parki"In Hyde Park, she is foraging once again for a", Michael Brennan , single work poetry (p. 36)
A Piece of Sheepsongi"Very often, when I think of myself writing, I have in my mind an", David Brooks , single work poetry (p. 37)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Works about this Work

Cassandra Atherton and Paul Hetherington in Conversation with Rosanna Licari Rosanna Licari (interviewer), 2021 single work interview
— Appears in: StylusLit , March no. 9 2021;
[Review] Anthology of Australian Prose Poetry Andrew Leggett , 2021 single work review
— Appears in: StylusLit , March no. 9 2021;

— Review of The Anthology of Australian Prose Poetry 2020 anthology poetry prose

'Cassandra Atherton and Paul Hetherington offer us this anthology of 160 prose poems by 149 Australian poets, including Bruce Dawe, Bruce Beaver, John Blight, Vincent Buckley, Michael Dransfield, John Forbes, Rae Desmond Jones, Rudi Kraussman, Tatjana Lukic, Vicki Vidiikas and the late Ania Walwicz.' (Introduction)

Anything But ‘Prosaic’: John Jenkins Reviews ‘Anthology of Australian Prose Poetry’ Edited by Cassandra Atherton and Paul Hetherington John Jenkins , 2020 single work review
— Appears in: Rochford Street Review , November no. 30 2020;

— Review of The Anthology of Australian Prose Poetry 2020 anthology poetry prose

'Considerable work has gone into this wide-ranging anthology, which the editors describe as ” a representative and compelling selection … written by Australians since the 1970s… (and including) a generous selection of twenty-first-century prose poems.”' (Introduction)

A Form That Is Difficult to Pin down Sarah Holland-Batt , 2020 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 21 November 2020; (p. 18)
The Elephant in the Room : Prose Poetry Finds an Audience Desmond Cowley , 2020 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , December no. 427 2020;

— Review of The Anthology of Australian Prose Poetry 2020 anthology poetry prose

'What is it about English language poetry that has proved so resistant to the lure of the prose poem? The French, it appears, held no such qualms, finding themselves besotted with the form ever since Aloysius Bertrand and Charles Baudelaire began dispensing with line breaks and stanzas. Of course, the very existence of English-language works like Gertrude Stein’s Tender Buttons (1914) or William Carlos Williams’s Kora in Hell (1920) could be used to argue otherwise, but such endeavours were considered too eccentric at the time to impart a lasting legacy. Perhaps if T.S. Eliot, whose antipathy towards the prose poem is well known, had given us a major cycle along the lines of Saint-John Perse’s Anabasis (1924), a work he admired and translated, things might have turned out differently.' (Introduction)

The Elephant in the Room : Prose Poetry Finds an Audience Desmond Cowley , 2020 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , December no. 427 2020;

— Review of The Anthology of Australian Prose Poetry 2020 anthology poetry prose

'What is it about English language poetry that has proved so resistant to the lure of the prose poem? The French, it appears, held no such qualms, finding themselves besotted with the form ever since Aloysius Bertrand and Charles Baudelaire began dispensing with line breaks and stanzas. Of course, the very existence of English-language works like Gertrude Stein’s Tender Buttons (1914) or William Carlos Williams’s Kora in Hell (1920) could be used to argue otherwise, but such endeavours were considered too eccentric at the time to impart a lasting legacy. Perhaps if T.S. Eliot, whose antipathy towards the prose poem is well known, had given us a major cycle along the lines of Saint-John Perse’s Anabasis (1924), a work he admired and translated, things might have turned out differently.' (Introduction)

Anything But ‘Prosaic’: John Jenkins Reviews ‘Anthology of Australian Prose Poetry’ Edited by Cassandra Atherton and Paul Hetherington John Jenkins , 2020 single work review
— Appears in: Rochford Street Review , November no. 30 2020;

— Review of The Anthology of Australian Prose Poetry 2020 anthology poetry prose

'Considerable work has gone into this wide-ranging anthology, which the editors describe as ” a representative and compelling selection … written by Australians since the 1970s… (and including) a generous selection of twenty-first-century prose poems.”' (Introduction)

[Review] Anthology of Australian Prose Poetry Andrew Leggett , 2021 single work review
— Appears in: StylusLit , March no. 9 2021;

— Review of The Anthology of Australian Prose Poetry 2020 anthology poetry prose

'Cassandra Atherton and Paul Hetherington offer us this anthology of 160 prose poems by 149 Australian poets, including Bruce Dawe, Bruce Beaver, John Blight, Vincent Buckley, Michael Dransfield, John Forbes, Rae Desmond Jones, Rudi Kraussman, Tatjana Lukic, Vicki Vidiikas and the late Ania Walwicz.' (Introduction)

Working in the Shadows : Belated Recognition of Australian Prose Poetry Paul Hetherington , Cassandra Atherton , 2020 single work essay
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , October no. 425 2020; (p. 54)

'Until recently, Australian prose poetry hasn’t attracted much attention – we’re not sure why. Having written prose poetry for years, we’re both fascinated by the form, which can be loosely defined as poems written in paragraphs and sentences rather than in stanzas and lines.' (Introduction)

A Form That Is Difficult to Pin down Sarah Holland-Batt , 2020 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 21 November 2020; (p. 18)
Cassandra Atherton and Paul Hetherington in Conversation with Rosanna Licari Rosanna Licari (interviewer), 2021 single work interview
— Appears in: StylusLit , March no. 9 2021;
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