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History

'The Grace Leven Prize for Poetry is an annual award given in the name of Grace Leven who died in 1922. It was established by  William Baylebridge  who "made a provision for an annual poetry prize in memory of 'my benefactress Grace Leven' and for the publication of his own work". Grace was his mother's half-sister.'

Winners

2012 joint winner y separately published work icon Another Fine Morning In Paradise Michael Sharkey , Parkville : Five Islands Press , 2012 Z1869054 2012 selected work poetry

'Another Fine Morning In Paradise, Sharkey's first collections since The Sweeping Plain, recounts the droll customs of suburban and rural Cockaigne, the existential states of earthly and other paradises, and re-imagines a poet's fragmented Australia. Isolation, loss and heartbreak are never far from these projections of the good life, in poems that characteristically celebrate endurance with compassion, allusiveness and wit.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2012 joint winner y separately published work icon The Jaguar's Dream : Translations, Adaptations, Versions, Extrapolations, Interpolations, Afters, Takes and Departures John Kinsella , Richmond : Alma Books , 2012 Z1883193 2012 selected work poetry 'In this volume of "cover" poems, John Kinsella takes the work of poets from across the centuries writing in languages other than English, including French, Russian, German, Greek, Latin and Chinese, and recreates the original works as translations, adaptations and versions. In the case of nineteenth-century French poets, including Leconte de Lisle, Charles Baudelaire, Arthur Rimbaud and Charles Cros, there is close consideration of the traditional conventions of translation; Kinsella produces versions designed to capture the intent and design of the originals. However, with medieval poet Francois Villon, Kinsella has taken his 'criminal jargon' poems and made radical departures into a play on contemporary criminal' language. Using a vast array of interpretative techniques, Kinsella takes the reader from the intense and chthonic animal poems of the Parnassian Leconte de Lisle, who spent much of his younger life on his birth island of Bourbon (La Reunion), through linguistically innovative remakings of Tristan Tzara's Dadaist poetry, to enigmatic investigations of the brilliant twentieth-century poet of witness, fragmentation and reconstitution of language, Paul Celan' (Libraries Australia).
2012 joint winner y separately published work icon The Collected Blue Hills Laurie Duggan , Glebe : Puncher and Wattmann , 2012 Z1932689 2012 selected work poetry

'In late 1980 Laurie Duggan began writing the Blue Hills poems as a kind of respite from the 'poetry wars'. The series mostly spread itself out over a number of books running in parallel with other more ostensibly 'worthy' projects like The Ash Range and The Epigrams of Martial. These poems now gathered here are at the heart of what Duggan sees as his poetic work.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2012 joint winner y separately published work icon Autoethnographic Michael Brennan , Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2012 Z1901163 2012 selected work poetry Autoethnographic tunes into the feedback loops of liquid modernity and the strange loop of the self. With an anarchic openness to anxiety, dysfunction and the endless hunger for community, Brennan's third collection offers hallucinatory jumpcuts from a dystopic near-present inhabited by casino capitalists, bonobo cultists, free market geneticists, grifters, lurkers and lovers going about their business in the aftermath of the freedom agenda. Interrogating the surreality of perpetual growth and the violent ellipses of democratic capitalism, his short narratives are jagged canticles to the beautiful monsters of language, love, friendship and family; field notes from a protean and kaleidoscopic world governed by speed and recurrence, the flows of desire and the architecture of fear; a disorientating and relentless mix of elegy, anti-poetry and post human punk. [From the publisher]
2012 joint winner y separately published work icon Rawshock Toby Fitch , Glebe : Puncher and Wattmann , 2012 Z1877521 2012 selected work poetry 'Using the Rorschach inkblots as metaphors, conjuring the wondrous and the monstrous in his poems, Toby Fitch brings a new vision and shape to Australian poetry. Old modes of expression "such as the mythic, the romantic, the symbolic and the surreal" are all given fresh voice and patterning. The poems in Rawshock mythologise love, anxiety, the self and city living, dovetailing inner and outer worlds with a healthy antipodean dose of absinthe and concrete poetry.' (Publisher's blurb)
2010 joint winner y separately published work icon Phantom Limb David Musgrave , 2008 St Kilda : John Leonard Press , 2010 Z1549987 2008 selected work poetry

'David Musgrave’s poems are at once meditative and restless, elegant and sensual – with an energy of empathy that draws him to a wealth of subjects. They are in several kinds of free verse and formal constraint. Here is wit and melancholy in equal measure, with a dose of joyous satire thrown in.

'Waterscapes and landscapes figure strongly. Typically they move from the moment of observation to make transformative connections with emotional and imaginative states: the continual freshness of approach from one to another of these poems is a hallmark.

'Other poems meet human situations more immediately. The self, or some other, is substantiated with a generosity of feeling — and this becomes a startling quality within the strands of satire in some poems, notably ‘The Baby Boomers’. Generosity also drives — as much as an elegant form does — ‘Young Montaigne Goes Riding’. Those two extended poems are peaks in a book of exuberant curiosity.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2010 joint winner y separately published work icon The Simplified World Petra White , Melbourne : John Leonard Press , 2010 Z1690772 2010 selected work poetry (taught in 1 units)

'Like Petra White’s applauded first collection, her second begins and ends with a fable of the uncanny ordinary. Between is a cornucopia of odes: epistolary, philosophical, elegiac. These poems think through and honour the normal mysteries of fate.

'Her world is large and contemporary, anchored by a young poet’s own memories. White inhabits her poems lightly, using personal experience with wit and without self-pleading. Some of this work shows the shadow of depression: not so much expressing moods as touching on how depression dwells, finding its register so it can speak.

'A number of poems openly engage with notable depressives of literary history, but we don’t need those homages to realise that this poet is a very capacious reader. It is there in her music. Late Lowell and Bishop, along with Harwood, ghost the swift edge in her language. Beyond these, a large tradition of cadences and tropes is absorbed in her fluent free verse lines.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2010 joint winner y separately published work icon Patience, Mutiny L. K. Holt , Melbourne : John Leonard Press , 2010 Z1690767 2010 selected work poetry

'All but four of these poems by LK Holt are fourteen-liners: free-verse sonnets if you like—certainly lyrics, but somehow massive. They have elegance, terror, surprising imaginations, humour and extraordinarily disciplined thought. The darting variety that marked her prize-winning first collection has come to a steadier gaze in her second.

'A nut-shell account of the book’s four parts might describe a movement from familial well-being—happy-being—to a concluding psalmic sufferance, through reflections on the survival-feats of boys and men, on the self-presence of young women, and on love.

'That description catches her intimate touch but not her outreach. Holt’s writing shows how the present doesn’t escape the weight, or the light, of ancient narratives. History stands inside poems of contemporary dailiness, turning them to half-epic.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2008 winner y separately published work icon The Australian Popular Songbook Alan Wearne , Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2008 Z1491950 2008 selected work poetry prose 'The Australian Popular Songbook is a suite (though not strictly a sequence) of 28 sonnets, other 14 liners and related verse forms such as villanelles. Each poem is inspired by a popular Australian song from circa the 1880s through to 1980. The book also includes a group of mainly narrative poems inspired by places, mainly suburbs, in Melbourne, Sydney and in one case Wollongong.'--Provided by publisher.
2007 winner y separately published work icon The Goldfinches of Baghdad Robert Adamson , Chicago : Flood Editions , 2006 Z1305059 2006 selected work poetry (taught in 2 units)
2006 winner y separately published work icon The Past Completes Me : Selected Poems 1973-2003 Alan Gould , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2005 Z1193523 2005 selected work poetry This selection of the author's previously published poetry is comprised of some 194 short, titled poems. Slight variations from previously published versions are apparent in some poems.
2005 winner y separately published work icon Next to Nothing Noel Rowe , Newtown : Vagabond Press , 2004 Z1158341 2004 selected work poetry
2004 winner y separately published work icon Totem : Totem Poem Plus 40 Love Poems Totem : Totem Poem Plus Forty Love Poems Luke Davies , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2004 Z1122290 2004 selected work poetry
2003 winner y separately published work icon Lost in the Foreground Stephen Edgar , Potts Point : Duffy and Snellgrove , 2003 Z1023190 2003 selected work poetry
2002 winner y separately published work icon Versary Kate Lilley , Applecross : Salt Publishing , 2002 Z979488 2002 selected work poetry (taught in 1 units)
2001 winner y separately published work icon Darker and Lighter Geoff Page , Wollongong : Five Islands Press , 2001 Z936561 2001 selected work poetry
1997 winner y separately published work icon Collected Poems Geoffrey Lehmann , Kew : Heinemann , 1997 Z340672 1997 selected work poetry
1995 joint winner y separately published work icon New and Selected Poems Kevin Hart , Pymble : Angus and Robertson , 1995 Z539565 1995 selected work poetry
1995 joint winner y separately published work icon Path of Ghosts : Poems 1986-93 Jemal Sharah , Port Melbourne : Heinemann , 1994 Z556680 1994 selected work poetry
1995 joint winner y separately published work icon Flying the Coop : New and Selected Poems 1972-1994 Rhyll McMaster , Port Melbourne : Heinemann Australia , 1994 Z421818 1994 selected work poetry
1993 winner y separately published work icon The End of the Season : Pastoral Poems Philip Hodgins , Canberra : Brindabella Press , 1993 Z180395 1993 selected work poetry
1992 joint winner y separately published work icon The Empire of Grass : Twenty-Eight Poems: 1983-1989 Gary Catalano , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 1991 Z288195 1991 selected work poetry
1992 joint winner y separately published work icon Peniel Kevin Hart , Hawthorn : Golvan Arts , 1991 Z130010 1991 selected work poetry
1991 winner y separately published work icon Dog Fox Field : Poems Les Murray , North Ryde : Angus and Robertson , 1990 Z54849 1990 selected work poetry
1989 winner y separately published work icon A Tremendous World in Her Head : Selected Poems Dorothy Hewett , Sydney : Dangaroo Press , 1989 Z797650 1989 selected work poetry
1988 winner y separately published work icon Under Berlin : New Poems 1988 John Tranter , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 1988 Z437923 1988 selected work poetry
1987 winner y separately published work icon Occasions of Birds and Other Poems Elizabeth Riddell , Canberra : Brindabella Press , 1987 Z369616 1987 selected work poetry satire
1986 winner y separately published work icon Washing the Money : Poems with Photographs Rhyll McMaster , North Ryde : Angus and Robertson , 1986 Z383363 1986 selected work poetry
1985 joint winner y separately published work icon The Amorous Cannibal Chris Wallace-Crabbe , Oxford : Oxford University Press , 1985 Z395700 1985 selected work poetry
1985 joint winner y separately published work icon Selected Poems 1963-1983 Robert Gray , North Ryde : Angus and Robertson , 1985 Z264699 1985 selected work poetry
1984 winner y separately published work icon The Three Fates and Other Poems Rosemary Dobson , Sydney : Hale and Iremonger , 1984 Z514474 1984 selected work poetry
1983 winner y separately published work icon Collected Poems Peter Porter , Melbourne Oxford New York (City) : Oxford University Press , 1983 Z575458 1983 selected work poetry
1982 winner y separately published work icon Tide Country Vivian Smith , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1982 Z498629 1982 selected work poetry
1981 winner y separately published work icon Nero's Poems : Translations of the Public and Private Poems of the Emperor Nero Geoffrey Lehmann , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1981 Z340157 1981 selected work poetry satire
1980 winner y separately published work icon The Boys Who Stole the Funeral : A Novel Sequence Les Murray , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1980 Z301585 1980 single work novel
1979 winner y separately published work icon The Man in the Honeysuckle : Poems David Campbell , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1979 Z300745 1979 selected work poetry
1978 winner y separately published work icon Sometimes Gladness : Collected Poems 1954-1978 Bruce Dawe , Melbourne : Longman Cheshire , 1978 Z543663 1978 selected work poetry

'The sixth edition of Sometimes Gladness includes three indexes to enable readers to find suitable texts. In addition to an alphabetical index, poems are also grouped according to form, and categorised by themes such as war, family, images or dreams.'

1977 winner y separately published work icon Selected Poems Robert Adamson , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1977 Z337011 1977 selected work poetry
1976 winner y separately published work icon Selected Poems, 1939-1975 John Blight , Melbourne : Nelson , 1976 Z544908 1976 selected work poetry
1975 winner y separately published work icon Selected Poems [1975] Gwen Harwood , Sydney London : Angus and Robertson , 1975 Z420751 1975 selected work poetry This collection contains a selection from Poems and Poems : Volume Two as well as 27 new poems.
1974 winner y separately published work icon Neighbours in a Thicket : Poems David Malouf , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 1974 Z828769 1974 selected work poetry
1973 winner y separately published work icon A Soapbox Omnibus Rodney Hall , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 1973 Z547344 1973 selected work poetry
1972 winner y separately published work icon Head-Waters Peter Skrzynecki , Normanhurst : Lyre Bird Writers , 1972 Z568009 1972 selected work poetry
1971 joint winner y separately published work icon Judith Wright : Collected Poems, 1942-1970 Judith Wright , Cremorne : Angus and Robertson , 1971 Z563360 1971 selected work poetry
1971 joint winner y separately published work icon Collected Poems 1936-1970 James McAuley , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1971 Z136303 1971 selected work poetry
1970 winner y separately published work icon Letters to Live Poets Bruce Beaver , Sydney : South Head Press , 1969 Z59685 1969 selected work poetry

Letters to Live Poets (1969) is a series of confessional poems arranged as a livre compose. It is a major work of Australian poetry having had a profound influence since it was first published.

(Source: Sydney University Press)

1969 winner y separately published work icon A Counterfeit Silence : Selected Poems Randolph Stow , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1969 Z316341 1969 selected work poetry
1968 winner y separately published work icon Selected Poems 1942-1968 David Campbell , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1968 Z304911 1968 selected work poetry
1967 winner y separately published work icon Collected Poems 1936-1967 Douglas Stewart , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1967 Z391543 1967 selected work poetry
1966 winner y separately published work icon The Talking Clothes : Poems William Hart-Smith , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1966 Z435315 1966 selected work poetry
1965 winner y separately published work icon The Ilex Tree Geoffrey Lehmann , Les Murray , Canberra : Australian National University Press , 1965 Z341764 1965 selected work poetry
1964 winner y separately published work icon All the Room David Rowbotham , Brisbane : Jacaranda Press , 1964 Z366741 1964 selected work poetry
1963 winner y separately published work icon The North-Bound Rider Ian Mudie , Adelaide : Rigby , 1963 Z337168 1963 selected work poetry
1962 winner y separately published work icon Southmost Twelve Southmost 12 Robert D. FitzGerald , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1962 Z246770 1962 selected work poetry
1961 winner y separately published work icon Time on Fire Thomas Shapcott , Brisbane : Jacaranda Press , 1961 Z53202 1961 selected work poetry
1960 winner y separately published work icon Man in a Landscape Colin Thiele , Adelaide : Rigby , 1960 Z223294 1960 selected work poetry
1959 winner y separately published work icon The Wind at Your Door Robert D. FitzGerald , Cremorne : Talkarra Press , 1959 11149895 1959 selected work poetry
1958 winner y separately published work icon Antipodes in Shoes Geoffrey Dutton , Sydney : Edwards and Shaw , 1958 Z403991 1958 selected work poetry
1957 winner y separately published work icon Elegiac and Other Poems Leonard Mann , Melbourne : Cheshire , 1957 Z575885 1957 selected work poetry
1956 winner y separately published work icon A Vision of Ceremony : Poems James McAuley , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1956 Z137699 1956 selected work poetry
1955 winner y separately published work icon The Wandering Islands A. D. Hope , Sydney : Edwards and Shaw , 1955 Z326286 1955 selected work poetry
1954 winner y separately published work icon Thirty Poems John Thompson , Sydney : Edwards and Shaw , 1954 Z175292 1954 selected work poetry
1953 winner y separately published work icon Tumult of the Swans Roland Robinson , Sydney : Edwards and Shaw , 1953 Z424308 1953 selected work poetry
1952 winner y separately published work icon Between Two Tides i "A man growing old in London; not so old", Robert D. FitzGerald , Sydney : Halstead Press , 1952 Z247068 1952 single work poetry Long narrative poem that 'relates and discusses the life and exploits of Will Mariner , a young sailor on the privateer Port au Prince, which was attacked and burned by Tongan natives in 1806 (Oxford Companion to Australian Literature).
1951 winner y separately published work icon The Great South Land : An Epic Poem Rex Ingamells , Melbourne : Georgian House , 1951 Z131301 1951 sequence poetry
1949 winner y separately published work icon Woman to Man Judith Wright , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1949 Z1450991 1949 selected work poetry
1948 winner y separately published work icon A Drum for Ben Boyd Francis Webb , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1948 Z550800 1948 sequence poetry
— Appears in: Collected Poems 1969; (p. 17-31) Cap and Bells : The Poetry of Francis Webb 1991; (p. 39-54)
1947 inaugural winner y separately published work icon Pacific Sea Nan McDonald , Sydney London : Angus and Robertson , 1947 Z84165 1947 selected work poetry
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