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Brook Emery Brook Emery i(A9907 works by) (a.k.a. N. W. Emery)
Born: Established: 1949 Sydney, New South Wales, ;
Gender: Male
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BiographyHistory

Brook Emery has worked as a swimming instructor, beach inspector, removalist and, for more than twenty years, as an English and History teacher. He has lived in Sydney and holds a doctorate in Creative Arts from the University of Newcastle. His poetry collections include And Dug My Fingers in the Sand, Misplaced Heart : Poems, and Uncommon Light : Poems.  Most recently, he published Have Been and Are.

His awards include the Dennis Butler Memorial Prize, the Newcastle Poetry Prize, the Australian Sports Poetry Award, the Arts Queensland Judith Wright Calanthe Award, and the Bruce Dawe National Poetry Prize.

Emery has been the New South Wales editor of Blue Dog and has chaired the Australian Poetry Festival and the Poets Union. He has long been based in Sydney.

Most Referenced Works

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Collusion St Kilda : John Leonard Press , 2012 Z1901322 2012 selected work poetry

'Brook Emery's mode is enquiry, with a gentle insistence that enquiry matters. Fluent, occasionally epigrammatic, and showing a quiet humour, this is generous, open-minded poetry. As in previous collections, Emery's interest is in the intersections of the material, the spiritual and the rational. The poems are loosely addressed as letters to some implied correspondent, who might be real, the self or unconscious.

While Collusion is metaphysical in intent, the poems keep up a habit of sharp and tactile observation – the abstract becomes sensuous, and the intellectual makes friends with the physical. Swinging between affirmation and uncertainty, they weigh up the beauty and losses of the natural and human worlds.' (Publication summary)

2013 shortlisted Western Australian Premier's Book Awards Poetry
Adrift i "I remember very little, a lingering fear that I was drowning - my mouth was open and I", 2010 2010 single work poetry
— Appears in: Blake Prize 2007;
2010 shortlisted Blake Poetry Prize
This Curious Light i "After the lassitudes of blue, the sun. Now buttermilk,", 2009 2009 single work poetry
— Appears in: Blake Prize 2007; Snorkel , October no. 10 2009;
2009 shortlisted Blake Poetry Prize
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