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Issue Details: First known date: 2003... 2003 Saxophone in a Pawnbroker's Window
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    y separately published work icon The Weekend Australian 23-24 August 2003 Z1060791 2003 newspaper issue 2003 pg. 10 Section: Review
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    y separately published work icon The Best Australian Poems 2004 Les Murray (editor), Melbourne : Black Inc. , 2004 Z1159779 2004 anthology poetry Melbourne : Black Inc. , 2004 pg. 163
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    y separately published work icon The Manhattan Review vol. 12 no. 1 Fall/Winter 2005-2006 6027819 2005 periodical issue 2005-2006
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    y separately published work icon Speed and Other Liberties Andrew Sant , Cambridge : Salt Publishing , 2008 Z1494388 2008 selected work poetry

    'Space travel likened to a dream, pursued refugees, bikes 'ridden in a free-form dance with cars', Olympian exertion, and a crime whose solution involves global flight - these are some of the many forms of motion in Andrew Sant's tenth collection of poems. Set in Australia, China and Europe, the poems predominantly angle in on aspects of speed, a matter the French historian Marc Bloch considered the one particularly distinctive feature that distinguishes contemporary civilisation from those which preceded it. They include narratives, lyrics, dramatic monologues - diverse points of view with social and political dimensions.

    'The other liberties of the title exist - often under pressure but whose boundaries are often broadened by wit - in recognisable rural and urban environments as well as in imagined places, for example in a playfully conceived banana's republic. Another is an island which has affinities with Robinson Crusoe's. The book also introduces for the first time Mr Habitat, a brisk character with a strong voice, who is nowhere at home yet in gutsy, colloquial language expresses his views and makes wry observations - often in tight urban situations.

    'It is a collection that's verbally headlong, edgy and energetic, richly observant and wide-ranging, concluding with the celebratory poem 'Abundance', about bird and sea life off the Irish coast, and which suggests there is much to be gained from recognising that certain liberties exist at an irreversible cost.' (Publisher's blurb)

    Cambridge : Salt Publishing , 2008
    pg. 60
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    y separately published work icon The Turnrow Anthology of Contemporary Australian Poetry John Kinsella (editor), Monroe : LA Desperation Press Turnrow Books , 2014 8049508 2014 anthology poetry

    'This anthology...is a negotiation of many spaces. That of poets and their work, the idea of "Australia", the idea of being "represented" in a different demographic (America), personal or textual issues with anthologiser, who else is being included (though none outside myself and the publishers have knowledge of this until publication). Vitally, whoat matters is the conversations that arise from the anthology going public, and how the poets and readers deal with this community that has been organically and artificially induced.' John Kinsella (Source: backcover)

    Monroe : LA Desperation Press Turnrow Books , 2014
    pg. 452
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