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Not Finding Wittgenstein

238 pages
Paperback, 21 x 14.8 cm
Published June 2007
ISBN 9781920882204

Not Finding Wittgenstein

Peter Henry Lepus PoemsJ.S. Harry

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 one-sidedly, 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.

The further Harry seems from taking horror and extremity seriously, the more the poem insists that, while language can never intercept an incoming missile, it can light up a moral scene as nothing else can…For me she is the most arresting poet working in Australia today.Peter Porter

About the Author

J.S. Harry

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.

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Awards

Winner, 2008, of The Age Book of the Year in the Poetry category

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