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'‘Look, look,’ exhorts the opening poem of this dazzling new collection. The discoveries of observation, both physical and intellectual, ravishing and harrowing, are recounted across a broad sweep of experience. Edgar returns habitually to the character of light. Exhibits of the Sun moves from the ghostly Ferris wheel of Saturn’s rings to the beach pavilion wrapped in ochre fog during Sydney’s dust storm, from the glimpses of a lover’s light-shaped body in the passage of the moon to a vision of a whole lifetime between one eye blink and the next. Presiding over all is Walter Benjamin’s Angel of History, swept away into the future as he looks back on the unravelled pageant of humanity.' (Publication summary)

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    • Fitzroy North, Fitzroy - Collingwood area, Melbourne - North, Melbourne, Victoria,: Black Pepper , 2014 .
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      Extent: xi, 69p.
      ISBN: 9781876044886

Works about this Work

Stephen Edgar, Exhibits of the Sun (Black Pepper Publishing, 2014) Zach Linge , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: Transnational Literature , May vol. 9 no. 2 2017;
'Meditations on being and knowing habituate the text, whose speakers struggle to come to terms with their limitations: What can’t I know? What can’t I be? Stephen Edgar draws on a rich body of literature to explore ontologies and phenomenology, and crafts poems that are so dynamic, the reader will find him/herself in the text, throughout the text, as s/he asks new questions alongside the speakers, or perhaps identifies with one of the many voices that surface. Given the scope of philosophical and poetical thought from which the poet draws, not all referenced authors are mentioned explicitly. What one finds, then, is an intricate intertextuality in Edgar’s marvellous and marvelling tenth book, Exhibits of the Sun. In this way, form echoes content, in that what is seen or known is no more and no less important that what eludes one’s grasp.' (Introduction)
Exhibits of the Sun by Stephen Edgar David Gilbey , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: Mascara Literary Review , April no. 20 2017;

— Review of Exhibits of the Sun Stephen Edgar , 2014 selected work poetry
'Edgar’s poetry is like that – detailed, deceptive, minutely crafted, significant and changing – implicating both the watcher and the watched. In Sarah Howe’s ‘Two Systems’ lecture at Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute last year, speaking of her own poetry’s slippage between different cultural and historical referents, she cited Heather McHugh’s dictum ‘All poetry is fragment … shaped by its breakages at every turn.’ Edgar’s is like that too: shardish, provisional, ‘hispid’ (to poach one of his clever, obscure words).' (Introduction)
Lucas Smith Reviews Exhibits of the Sun by Stephen Edgar Lucas Smith , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Plumwood Mountain [Online] , February 2016;

— Review of Exhibits of the Sun Stephen Edgar , 2014 selected work poetry
Black Pepper Press : Spice and Grit Margaret Bradstock , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Poetry Journal , vol. 5 no. 1 2015; (p. 110-121)

— Review of The Hanging of Jean Lee Jordie Albiston , 1998 single work novel ; The Forest Set Out Like the Night John Anderson , 1995 single work poetry ; Eldershaw Stephen Edgar , 2012 selected work poetry ; Exhibits of the Sun Stephen Edgar , 2014 selected work poetry ; Paths of Flight Luke Fischer , 2013 selected work poetry ; Folly and Grief Jennifer Harrison , 2006 selected work poetry ; Colombine : New and Selected Poems Jennifer Harrison , 2010 selected work poetry ; Wimmera Homer Manfred Rieth , 2009 selected work poetry ; Woodsmoke Todd Turner , 2013 selected work poetry
Ahead by Centuries : Stephen Edgar's Exhibits of the Sun U.S. Dhuga , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 29 no. 2 2015; (p. 481-484)

— Review of Exhibits of the Sun Stephen Edgar , 2014 selected work poetry
Slow Down for a Lyrical Guided Tour of Life Richard King , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 20-21 September 2014; (p. 22)

— Review of Exhibits of the Sun Stephen Edgar , 2014 selected work poetry
Love Actually... Geoff Page , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 27 September 2014; (p. 23)

— Review of A Hunger : With the Simplified World and the Incoming Tide Petra White , 2014 selected work poetry ; Exhibits of the Sun Stephen Edgar , 2014 selected work poetry
Sunflowers of a Kind Peter Goldsworthy , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: Sydney Review of Books , December 2014;

— Review of Exhibits of the Sun Stephen Edgar , 2014 selected work poetry ; Eldershaw Stephen Edgar , 2012 selected work poetry
Review : Exhibits of the Sun Geoffrey Lehmann , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , December no. 367 2014; (p. 57)

— Review of Exhibits of the Sun Stephen Edgar , 2014 selected work poetry
Vivian Smith, of Evan Jones, Selected Poems, and Stephen Edgar, Exhibits of the Sun Vivian Smith , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 75 no. 1 2015; (p. 223-227)

— Review of Selected Poems Evan Jones , 2014 selected work poetry ; Exhibits of the Sun Stephen Edgar , 2014 selected work poetry
Double Date for Poets Named in Literary Shortlist Stephen Romei , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 24 November 2015; (p. 15)
Stephen Edgar, Exhibits of the Sun (Black Pepper Publishing, 2014) Zach Linge , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: Transnational Literature , May vol. 9 no. 2 2017;
'Meditations on being and knowing habituate the text, whose speakers struggle to come to terms with their limitations: What can’t I know? What can’t I be? Stephen Edgar draws on a rich body of literature to explore ontologies and phenomenology, and crafts poems that are so dynamic, the reader will find him/herself in the text, throughout the text, as s/he asks new questions alongside the speakers, or perhaps identifies with one of the many voices that surface. Given the scope of philosophical and poetical thought from which the poet draws, not all referenced authors are mentioned explicitly. What one finds, then, is an intricate intertextuality in Edgar’s marvellous and marvelling tenth book, Exhibits of the Sun. In this way, form echoes content, in that what is seen or known is no more and no less important that what eludes one’s grasp.' (Introduction)
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