Thursday, September 01, 2011
John Tranter: Starlight: 150 Poems (UQP, September 2010) wins the 2011 Age Poetry Book of the Year.
From the judges’ comments:
After a career of more than 40 years, John Tranter has become that paradoxical thing: the postmodern master. Ghosting others’ poems, using “proceduralist” approaches to composition and revising and mistranslating “classic” works (such as Baudelaire’s Les Fleurs du mal), Tranter produces something entirely original and — most importantly — superbly entertaining. The inventiveness of Starlight seems unending, offering us a countless array of brilliant images and atmospheres, hilarious ideas and compelling melanges of styles and registers. Starlight could well be Tranter’s masterpiece.
— David McCooey, The Saturday Age. Saturday 06 August 2011.