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Shari Kocher Shari Kocher i(A25574 works by) (a.k.a. Shari Kocher Campbell)
Gender: Female
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BiographyHistory

Shari Kocher has lived in many places, including Dublin. She holds a PhD from Melbourne University and works as a freelance editor, scholar and poet. (Source : Overland website)

Most Referenced Works

Personal Awards

2021 longlisted Kuracca Prize for Australian Literature for 'Wintercearig'.
2019 inaugural winner Peter Steele Poetry Award
2018 longlisted The University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize For 'Ode to ‘Black Abstraction’ with Sappho in Translation'.

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Foxstruck and Other Collisions Glebe : Puncher and Wattmann , 2020 21070027 2020 selected work poetry

'Through centuries, poets and artists have asked how to love and not be destroyed, how to enter the mystery of the dance and allow utter disintegration while tapping, and tapping at, the heart. This collection draws on ekphrastic and encaustic traditions in literature, alchemy and painting to explore the paradoxes of making and being, of devotion and seeing, of sustenance and sentience in matter infused with and bewildered by what we call love. Its formal task invokes a six-pointed star, the alchemic decantation of which surrenders the light of lead to the fallible compromises of what inexplicably shifts when we name the light gold.

'Erudite, sage, and deeply indebted to tradition, Kocher hones her imagery to a fierce precision, such that the poems in Foxstruck and Other Collisions transcend beauty and become something uttered otherhow, both spellbinding and life affirming at once. Kocher writes the domestic microcosm with a dark and reeling lucidity, and when she turns her notice to the natural world, which is ever present in her work, a profound environmental consciousness opens the porous body somatically, as a dance. This is dazzling poetry. —Joan Fleming' (Publication summary)

2022 highly commended New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry
y separately published work icon The Non-Sequitur of Snow Glebe : Puncher and Wattmann , 2015 9242894 2015 selected work poetry

'Moving non-chronologically through youth and maturity, dreamscapes and time, Shari Kocher's long-awaited first collection charges the elusive music of cross-generational song-lines-mothers and daughters, daughters and grandmothers, lovers and kin-with the invisibles and intangibles of two decades spent honing her craft. This is a book about breathing. It is also about the changing contours of the journey home, even when the ground of what is meant by home seems most absent, impossible or undone. Rooted in place, yet animated by the immaterial, these poems breathe a body of living and loving alive. ' (Publication summary)

2015 highly commended Anne Elder Award
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