Storm and Honey

Judith Beveridge



The major part of Storm and Honey portrays the working life of a trawler’s crew, fishing in estuarine and coastal waters. It opens with the discovery of a child’s corpse inside the belly of a shark – an intensity which is held throughout as the poems respond to the visceral shock of the fishing, the characters of the men, and the power of light and wind and water.

These energies are so fully enacted in the language of the poems, in their visual and aural effects, that you feel there is a claim being made for poetry itself as an elemental power. Elsewhere there is delight and comedy too, in poetry’s ability to distil the storm.

Print ISBN : 978-1-920882-56-3
pp : 96
October 2009

About the Author

Judith Beveridge is the author of four previous collections of poetry which together have won the NSW and Victorian Premiers’ Awards for poetry, and the Judith Wright  Calanthe Award. She is the poetry editor for Meanjin and teaches poetry writing at postgraduate level at the University of Sydney. Her poems have been widely anthologised, translated and studied in high schools.


Storm and Honey has won the 2010 Grace Leven Poetry Prize, and has been shortlisted for the 2010 NSW Premier’s Kenneth Slessor Award for Poetry.