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Toby Fitch

Toby Fitch is a poet, critic, teacher and editor. He is poetry editor of Overland and a sessional academic in creative writing at the University of Sydney. His books of poetry include Rawshock, which won the 2012 Grace Leven Prize for Poetry; JerilderiesThe Bloomin’ Notions of Other & BeauILL LIT POPWhere Only the Sky had Hung Before; and Object Permanence: Selected Calligrammes. He lives in Sydney on unceded Gadigal land with his partner, two daughters and staffy.

Fitch’s poems are not interested in slowly unfolding a metaphor or arriving at a singular meaning. Instead, they ask you to cling on for your life. 

Sarah Holland-Batt


Sydney Spleen

Toby Fitch

120 pages
Paperback, 21 x 14.8 cm
Published July 2021
ISBN 9781925818758

Sydney Spleen takes Charles Baudelaire’s concept of spleen as melancholy with no apparent cause and combines it with a contemporary sense of irony so as to articulate the causes of our doom and gloom.