Press Release

Lisa Gorton



At the heart of Lisa Gorton's first collection of poems is a sequence set in the Mallee district of Victoria in the last years of World War II.

A meditation on ambition, patience and waste, it explores the experience of first settlement through elegy, dramatic monologue, the portrait poem and the short lyric. Other poems are set in cities and in the future.

Written in a contemporary baroque style, combining farfetched imagery with intense emotion, this is poetry that leaps out of elaboration into clear air and light.

'Press Release is an exciting collection, riding high on the shock-absorbers of serious wit.' – CHRIS WALLACE-CRABBE


Print ISBN : 978-1-920882-34-1
pp : 72pp
Published : November 2007


About the Author

Lisa Gorton has a PhD on the poetry of John Donne from the University of Oxford. She is a poet and novelist, essayist and reviewer. Her first poetry collection Press Release won the Victorian Premier’s Award for Poetry; her second, Hotel Hyperion was awarded the Philip Hodgins Memorial Medal; and her third, Empirical, was shortlisted for the NSW Premier's Award for Poetry. Her novel The Life of Houses was the co-winner of the 2016 Prime Minister's Award for Fiction. She is the author of Cloudland, a novel for children.


The Age review
The Book Show review


Winner of the Victorian Premier’s Prize for Poetry
Shortlisted for the Mary Gilmore Award
Shortlisted for the Melbourne Prize Best Writing Award