Judith Beveridge is one of Australia most acclaimed poets, taught in high schools and universities, winner of the NSW and Victorian Premiers’ Awards, a highly regarded critic, editor and teacher of poetry. She has published six collections of poetry which have won major prizes. She is a recipient of the Philip Hodgins Memorial Medal and the Christopher Brennan Award for lifetime achievement in poetry. She was poetry editor for Meanjin from 2005 to 2015, and co-editor of the anthology Contemporary Australian Poetry (Puncher & Wattmann, 2016). She teaches in the postgraduate writing program at the University of Sydney.
272 pages Paperback, 21 x 14.8 cm Published June 2018 ISBN 9781925336887
Sun Music brings together poems published over a thirty-year period, from Judith Beveridge’s collections The Domesticity of Giraffes, Accidental Grace, Wolf Notes and Storm and Honey. It begins with an introduction by the poet, outlining the contours of her writing, and ends with a gathering of thirty-three new poems, including the exquisite elegy which gives this collection its title. Beveridge is an exacting poet, and the form of her poems contains and intensifies their expression of emotion. Their clarity and drama, their musical language and often playful metaphors, give them an immediate appeal. This is poetry of wonder and enchantment, compassionate in its identification with the ungainly and the vulnerable, the simple and the poor, and insistent in its emphasis on the dignity and self-possession of all that it observes.
144 pages Paperback, 21 x 14.8 cm Published April 2014 ISBN 9781922146526
Devadatta’s Poems complements the sequence ‘Between the Palace and the Bodhi Tree’, published in Beveridge’s earlier collection Wolf Notes, which followed the travels of Siddhattha Gotama before he became the Buddha, and portrayed the world from his disciplined and ascetic point of view. These new poems are written from the viewpoint of Devadatta, Siddhattha’s jealous and ambitious cousin, who attempted to murder him three times. They are marked by an extraordinary richness of language and detail, and a dedication to sensation, which is in contrast to Siddhattha’s purity, and caused at least in part by Devadatta’s desire for Yasodhara, his cousin’s wife.
96 pages Paperback, 21 x 14.8 cm Published October 2009 ISBN 9781920882570
The major part of Storm and Honey portrays the working life of a trawler’s crew, fishing in estuarine and coastal waters. It opens with the discovery of a child’s corpse inside the belly of a shark – an intensity which is held throughout as the poems respond to the visceral shock of the fishing, the characters of the men, and the power of light and wind and water.
These energies are so fully enacted in the language of the poems, in their visual and aural effects, that you feel there is a claim being made for poetry itself as an elemental power. Elsewhere there is delight and comedy too, in poetry’s ability to distil the storm.
128 pages Paperback, 21 x 14.8 cm Published December 2003 ISBN 1920882006
Beveridge’s poetry is remarkable for its attentiveness to the humble rituals of life. It discovers richness and grace in the smallest, the poorest, the most awkward or most transient of beings.
There is a Buddhist underpinning to this awareness of latent power, recognised in the collection’s central sequence of poems, which depicts Siddhattha Gotama’s wandering through the forests and towns of Northern India before he became the Buddha.