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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.

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