Laurie Duggan, born in Melbourne and later a resident of Sydney, Canberra and Brisbane, moved from Australia to the UK in 2006, and returned to Australia in 2018. His recent books include Selected Poems 1971–2017 and No Particular Place To Go (both published by Shearsman in the UK), and a reissue of his first two books as EastandUnder the Weather (Puncher & Wattman). He is also the author of Ghost Nation (UQP), a history of modernist tendencies in Australian art.
128 pages Paperback, 21 x 14.8 cm Published August 2020 ISBN 9781925818468
This new collection includes poems written during Duggan’s last year living in Britain, in Faversham, a market town in east Kent, and those written on a visit to Australia in 2016 and after his return to this country in October 2018. They contribute to two ongoing sequences, ‘Allotments’, and ‘Blue Hills’, the second of which alludes to the long-running radio serial of the same name. These sequences, and a third which gives the collection its title ‘Homer Street’, are made up of the brief haiku-like poems that Duggan has made his own: fleeting impressions, evocations of mood and memory, suburban topographies with their sudden shifts in perspective, glimpses which hint at a larger order of things. As Duggan has noted, ‘I’m a minimalist with a lot of content.’ The final section, ‘Afterimages’, engages with a wide range of paintings and painters, from Tintoretto to Tony Tuckson, illuminating the painterly qualities in his own poetry.