J.S. Harry published eight books of poetry in her lifetime, including The Deer Under The Skin (1971), one of the first titles in the historic UQP Paperback Poets series, Hold, for a little while, and turn gently (1979), A Dandelion for Van Gogh (1985), which was shortlisted for the National Book Council and the Adelaide Festival Poetry Awards, The Life on Water and the Life Beneath (1995), Selected Poems (1995), winner of the NSW Premier’s Award for Poetry, Sun Shadow, Moon Shadow (2000) and Public Private (2013). Her collection of Peter Henry Lepus poems, Not Finding Wittgenstein (published by Giramondo in 2007) won the Age Poetry Book of the Year Award.
238 pages Paperback, 21 x 14.8 cm Published June 2007 ISBN 9781920882204
The poems in Not Finding Wittgenstein feature Peter Henry Lepus, British-born, but of Creole origins, and moreover, a rabbit. ‘Provoked into trying to use his mind’, Peter Henry searches the world for philosophers, conversing with Wittgenstein in Antarctica and Bertrand Russell in Japan, and somewhat onesidedly, with ‘Chairman Miaow’ under moonlight. In the sequence ‘Iraq, 2003’, set during and after the invasion by coalition forces, he falls in with A.J. Ayer and J.L. Austin, story-hunting journalists, ancestor-seekers of various species, and a camel that looks after Number One.