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New Poets 1

The imaginary and the actual distance between the west and east coast of this huge country throws up interesting anthologies. A couple of years ago, on the east coast there was Harbour City Poems, a selection from two centuries of … Continue reading

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6 am in the Universe

Trying to keep up with the Ben Frater of 6 am in the Universe is a difficult thing. As soon as he lets you see where you are in any one of his poems, he picks at the words he … Continue reading

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Burning Bright

Caroline Caddy’s ninth collection of poetry, Burning Bright, brings together acutely observant poems that often centre on an experience; each experience holds the speaker’s intense attention and is turned this way and that until all its angles are illuminated. The … Continue reading

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The Rest on the Flight: Selected Poems

Peter Porter was a dear friend of mine for some thirty-six years. He had grown into being a wonderful two-hemisphere poet, great talker, rolling wit, and yet all the time he might have quoted that poem  which opens, ‘It is … Continue reading

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