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y Chorale at the Crossing selected work   poetry  
  • Author: Peter Porter http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/porter-peter
Issue Details: First known date: 2015... 2015 Chorale at the Crossing
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'When Peter Porter died in 2010 his reputation as one of the greatest Australian poets had long been settled. Chorale at the Crossing gathers together the work Porter completed after the publication of his widely-praised final collection Better than God, and shows a remarkable and capacious mind - apparently furnished with half the contents of Western culture - still working at full tilt, despite the imminence of his own passing. Chorale at the Crossing contains love poems, comic excursions, and meditations on art, death, music and nature, all written with Porter's phenomenal technical facility and immense good humour. Chorale at the Crossing is the last word from one of our wisest and most compassionate poets - and is, quite simply, necessary reading.' (Publication summary)

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Poets Live and Fictive : Five Collections Martin Langford , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: Meanjin , Autumn vol. 76 no. 1 2017; (p. 182-188)

'Chorale at the Crossing ‘gathers together the work Porter completed after the publication of his final collection, Better than God’. It is an uneven book, with some very good poems, and some, such as ‘A Chip off the Old Blog’, which are little more than creative doodles: one suspects a few of its inclusions are for the sake of having enough poems for a book. That said, there are a dozen or so fully realised pieces, and a few that would make it into the most compact of Porter selecteds. Sean O’Brien has contributed a brief but useful introduction, and Christine Porter has written a thoughtful little afterword on one poem, ‘The Hermit Crab’—a genre we could use a lot more of, judging by the puzzlement with which unpractised but otherwise intelligent readers so often meet contemporary poetry.' (Introduction)

Dark Stitching : The Death-Haunted Poems of Peter Porter Peter Goldsworthy , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , May no. 381 2016; (p. 9-11)

— Review of Chorale at the Crossing Peter Porter 2015 selected work poetry
Dark Stitching : The Death-Haunted Poems of Peter Porter Peter Goldsworthy , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , May no. 381 2016; (p. 9-11)

— Review of Chorale at the Crossing Peter Porter 2015 selected work poetry
Poets Live and Fictive : Five Collections Martin Langford , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: Meanjin , Autumn vol. 76 no. 1 2017; (p. 182-188)

'Chorale at the Crossing ‘gathers together the work Porter completed after the publication of his final collection, Better than God’. It is an uneven book, with some very good poems, and some, such as ‘A Chip off the Old Blog’, which are little more than creative doodles: one suspects a few of its inclusions are for the sake of having enough poems for a book. That said, there are a dozen or so fully realised pieces, and a few that would make it into the most compact of Porter selecteds. Sean O’Brien has contributed a brief but useful introduction, and Christine Porter has written a thoughtful little afterword on one poem, ‘The Hermit Crab’—a genre we could use a lot more of, judging by the puzzlement with which unpractised but otherwise intelligent readers so often meet contemporary poetry.' (Introduction)

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