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'What and who makes good poetry? The Best Australian Poems anthology enters its sixteenth year with exciting young poet and critic Sarah Holland-Batt presenting her picks of this year’s standout work.' (Source: Publisher's website)

Contents

* Contents derived from the Melbourne, Victoria,:Black Inc. , 2016 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Introduction, Sarah Holland-Batt , single work essay (p. xi)
Patioi"At any moment", Martin Harrison , single work poetry (p. 1)
Black Winged Stiltsi"Two long, plaited, clouds of cotton-wool fog", Robert Adamson , single work poetry (p. 2-3)
In the Billy Sing Bagdad Bar-and-Grilli"I’d heard the director didn’t need an Asian to play him,", Adam Aitken , single work poetry (p. 4)
[Untitled]i"–this light exists –that dark", Jordie Albiston , single work poetry (p. 5)
Advanced Souvlakii"A Kookaburra sits on the cage", Chris Andrews , single work poetry (p. 6)
Learning Bundjalung on Tharawali"Above his desk it is written:", Evelyn Araluen , single work poetry (p. 7-8)
A Panegyric for Toadsi"These slum-lords of burrows and tree-hollows", Judith Beveridge , single work poetry (p. 9)
Dark Hearti"I look in here—this", Ken Bolton , single work poetry (p. 11-16)
Discovered in a Rock Pooli"A star-shaped object rising up", Peter Boyle , single work poetry (p. 17-18)
There and Theni"Friends in a field, their shadows running long into the untilled ground, and I’m busy", Michael Brennan , single work poetry (p. 19)
Waiting on Imran Khani"I knew they were trouble the moment they walked in.", Lisa Brockwell , single work poetry (p. 20-21)
The Pigi"Who would write of a pig", David Brooks , single work poetry (p. 22)
Sireni"We walk past the ruined past", Kevin Brophy , single work poetry (p. 23-25)
Suspended Beliefi"(vision in a Guangzhou wet market)", Lachlan Brown , single work poetry (p. 26-27)
Rooibosi"the day goes by", Pamela Brown , single work poetry (p. 28-33)
Car Loveri"It can be healing to walk the vacant streets", Michelle Cahill , single work poetry (p. 35)
Cloaca Maximai"Any, every, thing that was exposed", Elizabeth Campbell , single work poetry (p. 36)
Axe Derbyi"Never were knuckle-men.", Bonny Cassidy , single work poetry (p. 37)
Plan Bi"Plan A: find man sympathetic to children but who loves me best of all.", Julie Chevalier , single work poetry (p. 38)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Black Inc. , 2016 .
      image of person or book cover 1887792807253676598.jpg
      Image courtesy of publisher's website.
      Extent: 208p.
      Note/s:
      • Published: 7th November 2016
      ISBN: 9781863958875
      Series: y separately published work icon The Best Australian Poems Black Inc. (publisher), Melbourne : Black Inc. , 2003-2018 Z1845184 2003 series - publisher poetry

      The third of the Black Inc. 'Best of' collections, Best Australian Poems was initiated in 2003, under executive chair Morry Schwartz. Publisher Chris Feik took over all three series in 2004. In March 2018, Black Inc. cancelled all three series, replacing them with Best Summer Stories.

      Number in series: 14

Works about this Work

Paul Munden Reviews The Best Australian Poems 2016 Paul Munden , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: Cordite Poetry Review , 1 March vol. 57 no. 1 2017;

'In her introduction to this anthology, editor Sarah Holland-Batt claims for the work ‘a colloquialism, contrarianism and playfulness that separates it from its counterparts in the northern hemisphere’. Being hitherto more familiar with that northern hemisphere, this reviewer’s critical interest was immediately aroused.' (Introduction)

March in Poetry Alison Whittaker , 2017 single work column
— Appears in: Overland [Online] , March 2017;
Grape-Picking Joe Dolce , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: Quadrant , March vol. 61 no. 3 2017; (p. 81-84)
'Sarah Holland-Batt has truly disappointed with her stewardship of Best Australian Poems 2016. She did not follow her own guidelines for submissions, and thereby misled every poet submitting to this anthology, resulting in the omission of at least thirty poets who could have been included.' (Introduction)
Unruly Energies : Two Surveys of Australian Poetry John Hawke , 2017 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , March no. 389 2017; (p. 43-45)
‘According to The Magic Pudding, Bunyip Bluegum’s erudition is established through his ability to ‘converse on a great variety of subjects, having read all the best Australian poets’, a questionable achievement in Norman Lindsay’s day. A glance through the Annals of Australian Literature reveals the paucity of quality Australian poetry volumes published through most of the twentieth century, with selection shaped by the tastes of powerfully controlling editors, especially Douglas Stewart. Even in 1966, Max Harris’s survey essay on ‘Conflicts in Australian Intellectual Life’ – in which he inveighs against the academic gatekeeping of critics such as A.D.  Hope, James McAuley, and Vincent Buckley in the post-‘Ern Malley’ era – notes the limited opportunities for publication by emerging ‘younger non-intellectual’ poets. This situation changed dramatically for the generation of poets who appeared in the 1970s, with generous subsidies and the emergence of a range of independent and commercial publishing opportunities for poetry volumes: poets of this generation – whilst splitting the spoils along the lines of painstakingly demarcated coteries – responded to this opportunity by producing oeuvres often staggeringly more voluminous than those of the poets who preceded them (Kenneth Slessor’s 100 Poems would these days barely constitute a single publication).’ (Introduction)
Unruly Energies : Two Surveys of Australian Poetry John Hawke , 2017 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , March no. 389 2017; (p. 43-45)
‘According to The Magic Pudding, Bunyip Bluegum’s erudition is established through his ability to ‘converse on a great variety of subjects, having read all the best Australian poets’, a questionable achievement in Norman Lindsay’s day. A glance through the Annals of Australian Literature reveals the paucity of quality Australian poetry volumes published through most of the twentieth century, with selection shaped by the tastes of powerfully controlling editors, especially Douglas Stewart. Even in 1966, Max Harris’s survey essay on ‘Conflicts in Australian Intellectual Life’ – in which he inveighs against the academic gatekeeping of critics such as A.D.  Hope, James McAuley, and Vincent Buckley in the post-‘Ern Malley’ era – notes the limited opportunities for publication by emerging ‘younger non-intellectual’ poets. This situation changed dramatically for the generation of poets who appeared in the 1970s, with generous subsidies and the emergence of a range of independent and commercial publishing opportunities for poetry volumes: poets of this generation – whilst splitting the spoils along the lines of painstakingly demarcated coteries – responded to this opportunity by producing oeuvres often staggeringly more voluminous than those of the poets who preceded them (Kenneth Slessor’s 100 Poems would these days barely constitute a single publication).’ (Introduction)
Grape-Picking Joe Dolce , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: Quadrant , March vol. 61 no. 3 2017; (p. 81-84)
'Sarah Holland-Batt has truly disappointed with her stewardship of Best Australian Poems 2016. She did not follow her own guidelines for submissions, and thereby misled every poet submitting to this anthology, resulting in the omission of at least thirty poets who could have been included.' (Introduction)
March in Poetry Alison Whittaker , 2017 single work column
— Appears in: Overland [Online] , March 2017;
Paul Munden Reviews The Best Australian Poems 2016 Paul Munden , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: Cordite Poetry Review , 1 March vol. 57 no. 1 2017;

'In her introduction to this anthology, editor Sarah Holland-Batt claims for the work ‘a colloquialism, contrarianism and playfulness that separates it from its counterparts in the northern hemisphere’. Being hitherto more familiar with that northern hemisphere, this reviewer’s critical interest was immediately aroused.' (Introduction)

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