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.
'In The Best Australian Poems 2009, award-winning poet Robert Adamson puts together a selection of the most outstanding poems written by Australian authors over the past year. Alongside renowned names, the editor has solicited contributions from new and emerging poets and some of their work appears in print here for the first time. The result is a vibrant and fascinating edition of this much-loved anthology.' (Publication summary)Melbourne : Black Inc. , 2009
'Selected by one of Australia's most acclaimed poets, this inspired collection captures the richness and scope of present-day Australian verse. It features innovative and exciting poems - many published here for the first time - from our best-known poets as well as daring and insightful works from rising stars.
Together they create a lively sense of conversation, of voices criss-crossing the continent, exploring the many themes that animated and inspired the nation's poets in 2010.' (From the Publisher's website)Melbourne : Black Inc. , 2010
'In The Best Australian Poems 2014, award-winning poet Geoff Page compiles an anthology that celebrates both the established and the emerging, the classical and the pioneering in contemporary Australian poetry collection for readers and writers alike.' (Source: Publisher's Blurb)Collingwood : Black Inc. , 2014
'In The Best Australian Poems 2015, you will find the who's who of contemporary poets and the pick of new voices. Sometimes satirical, sometimes erotic, covering family, religion, war and mortality, Geoff Page's selection celebrates the vital, the vigorous and the graceful voices that populate our poetry scene.' (Publication summary)Melbourne : Black Inc. , 2015
'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)Melbourne : Black Inc. , 2016
'Award-winning poet, critic, editor and academic Sarah Holland-Batt takes the helm again as editor of this year’s Best Australian Poems. ' (Publication summary)Carlton : Black Inc. , 2017