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Monday, May 03, 2010

Congratulations, Anthony Lawrence, winner of the 2010 ABR Poetry Prize

Announcing the winner of the sixth annual Australian Book Review Poetry Prize

ANTHONY LAWRENCE: ‘Domestic Emergencies'

Australian Book Review has much pleasure in announcing the winner of the sixth annual Australian Book Review Poetry Prize. Anthony Lawrence receives $4000. The judges – Ian Donaldson, Morag Fraser and Peter Rose – chose the poem from a field of just under 400 poems. Five poems were shortlisted, the details of which are below.

About the winner

Anthony Lawrence's most recent book of poems, Bark (UQP 2008) was shortlisted for the Judith Wright Calanthe Award. He is currently completing a PhD on the poetry of Richard Hugo and a book-length poem, The Welfare of My Enemy. He lives in Newcastle.

The winner's thoughts on the Prize

‘I’m thrilled to have won the Australian Book Review’s poetry prize. I’ve been reading the Review for many years and the fact that it gives serious space and consideration to poetry, both in its reviews and the publishing of individual poems, is to be celebrated. I’d like to congratulate the other poets – I loved reading their poems in the April issue, and look forward to reading them again, in book form.’


Diane Fahey: 'The Hummingbird Suite'

Anthony Lawrence: 'Domestic Emergencies'

Jillian Pattinson: 'Estuary'

Philip Salom: 'Here Come the Missionaries'

Ynes Sanz: 'Taken as Required'

These poems were published in the April 2010 issue of Australian Book Review.

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