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Winners

2016 winner y separately published work icon The Guardians Lucy Dougan , Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2015 8597845 2015 selected work poetry

'Many poems in this collection explore the intrusions of 'the wild' into daily life, through memories, in illness, and in places that you've lost or left behind. Dougan is interested in the ways in which the past re-enters the present, particularly through the secrets of family life, in all kinds of atavism, and in pockets of wildness in the suburbs and the city which are a source of liveliness and a dark sort of energy. Her poems feature old houses, ruins, revisited places; they focus on the bonds between the generations, between children and adults, humans and animals, and humans and the physical world. The title of the collection refers broadly to these ties, which impose a sense of guardianship on those who are bound by them. In contrast to the wildness they recognise, the poems themselves seek to tread lightly - they aspire to quietness and reticence, to cumulative rather than immediate effects, and to sustaining a relatively natural and unobtrusive voice.' (Publication summary)

2014 winner y separately published work icon Six Different Windows Paul Hetherington , Z1916807 2013 selected work poetry

'Ranging across art and poetry, the past and the present, homelands and far-off lands, Six Different Windows meditates on childhood, riffs on mythology, and draws on the familiar. Paul Hetherington’s new collection chronicles life in all its beauty and strangeness.' (Publication summary)

2012 winner y separately published work icon Cumulus : Collected Poems Robert Gray , St Kilda : John Leonard Press , 2012 Z1893435 2012 selected work poetry 'This book is a landmark in Australian poetry. For Cumulus, Robert Gray has chosen all he wishes to retain from his eight volumes of poetry, some of it considerably and significantly revised. He has included here a new book, "Nameless Earth", not previously published in Australia.

'Gray has been a daring and original experimenter in the free verse line, and also at times with traditional forms. Equally, his work is notable for its frequent, uncanny rightness in the creation of images. His thinking shows a remarkable fluency in both Eastern and Western philosophies (Gray has referred to himself as a Buddhist heretic). These are all modernist pathways, and this poetry negotiates them with a lucid, classical temper.

'Most striking is an ever-alert immediacy—a perception and reflectiveness in the fluid moment. Whether through his sensuous language or his powerful engagement with ideas, Gray's poetry continually opens us to a fresh involvement with the physical world.' (From the publisher's website.)
2011 winner y separately published work icon The Argument : Poems Tracy Ryan , Fremantle : Fremantle Press , 2011 Z1788479 2011 selected work poetry
2010 winner y separately published work icon Fire Diary Mark Tredinnick , Glebe : Puncher and Wattmann , 2010 Z1730985 2010 selected work poetry 'Fire Diary is the first book of poems by Mark Tredinnick, author of The Blue Plateau and The Little Red Writing Book. Fire Diary amounts to a spiritual geography of the poet, an everyday ecology of the "beautiful struggle, the ordinary trouble" he finds himself-we all find ourselves-in' (Publisher's blurb)
2009 winner y separately published work icon Fire Season Kate Middleton , Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2009 Z1340368 2009 selected work poetry The poems in Fire Season are illuminated by the intensity of everyday experience, dwelling in situations of want or absence, or radiant in the aura of those legendary beings, the heroines and monsters of film and story and myth, around whom the drama of life is concentrated. Alert to the forces which inhabit relationships, or exhaust them, and to the ways in which the moment is transformed by impending or departed consequence, the collection seeks to convey, as its title suggests, something of the vitality and the threat of fire, 'Something about heroism / and the weight of stone. Something about ash.' -- From the publisher's website
2008 winner y separately published work icon The Other Way Out Bronwyn Lea , Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2008 Z1549407 2008 selected work poetry
2007 winner y separately published work icon The Light River Hal Colebatch , Bacchus Marsh : Connor Court Publishing , 2007 Z1428794 2007 selected work poetry
2006 winner y separately published work icon All the Time in the World Dennis Haskell , Cambridge : Salt Publishing , 2006 Z1254951 2006 selected work poetry
2005 winner y separately published work icon The Paradoxes of Water : Selected and New Poems 1970-2005 Rod Moran , Cambridge : Salt Publishing , 2005 Z1178635 2005 selected work poetry
2004 winner y separately published work icon Against Certain Capture Miriam Wei Wei Lo , Wollongong : Five Islands Press , 2004 Z1190790 2004 selected work poetry Poetic stories based on the lives of Lo's grandmothers, Chinese-Malaysian Liang Yue Xian and Anglo-Australian Eva Sounness.
2003 winner y separately published work icon Peripheral Light : New and Selected Poems John Kinsella , Harold Bloom (editor), Fremantle : Fremantle Press , 2003 Z1064478 2003 selected work poetry
2002 winner y separately published work icon Going Feral Barbara Temperton , Fremantle : Fremantle Press , 2002 Z945374 2002 selected work poetry
2001 winner y separately published work icon Halfway Up the Mountain Dorothy Hewett , Fremantle : Fremantle Press , 2001 Z794569 2001 selected work poetry
2000 winner y separately published work icon Parochial Mark Reid , Fremantle : Fremantle Press , 2000 Z382403 2000 selected work poetry
1999 winner y separately published work icon The Willing Eye : Poems Tracy Ryan , South Fremantle : Fremantle Press , 1999 Z165609 1999 selected work poetry
1998 joint winner y separately published work icon The Gatekeeper's Wife Fay Zwicky , Rose Bay : Brandl and Schlesinger , 1997 Z419316 1997 selected work poetry
1998 joint winner y separately published work icon The Hunt and Other Poems John Kinsella , South Fremantle : Fremantle Press , 1998 Z123094 1998 selected work poetry
1997 winner y separately published work icon The Wheels of Hama : Collected War Poems Alec Choate , Inglewood : Victor Publishing , 1997 Z170723 1997 selected work poetry war literature
1996 winner y separately published work icon Collected Poems : 1940-1995 Dorothy Hewett , William Grono (editor), Fremantle : Fremantle Press , 1995 Z332769 1995 selected work poetry
1995 winner y separately published work icon Sandstone Andrew Taylor , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 1995 Z535909 1995 selected work poetry
1994 winner y separately published work icon Peninsula Dorothy Hewett , South Fremantle : Fremantle Press , 1994 Z392162 1994 selected work poetry
1983 winner Scarpdancer i "He knew he could never be", Alan Alexander , 1982 single work poetry
— Appears in: Scarpdancer : Poems 1982; (p. 31-35)
1982 winner For Philip i "This is what death has done:", Andrew Lansdown , 1981 single work poetry
— Appears in: Hemisphere , November/December vol. 26 no. 3 1981; (p. 165) Counterpoise : Poems 1982; (p. 2-3) Studio : A Journal of Christians Writing , Winter/Spring no. 63-64 1996; (p. 4) The Finishing Post : The Winners from the Grand National Poetry Stakes 1979-2002 2003; (p. 133)
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