Black Inc has just released these two top Australian poetry titles: The Best 100 Poems of Les Murray and The Best Australian Poems 2012, edited by John Tranter.
The Best 100 Poems of Les Murray
From his life’s work so far, spanning more than four decades, Les Murray has selected these 100 poems, his personal best. Including classics such as 'The Broad Bean Sermon', 'An Absolutely Ordinary Rainbow' and 'The Dream of Wearing Shorts Forever', this elegant hardback is guaranteed to delight Murray fans and introduce new readers to his work. This is a wonderful gift, and a treasure trove of the best poems ever written in Australia.
“No poet has ever travelled like this, whether in reality or simply in the mind … Seeing the shape or hearing the sound of one thing in another, he finds forms” – Clive James
“He is, quite simply, the one by whom the language lives.” – Joseph Brodsky
'There is no poetry in the English language now so rooted in its sacredness, so broadleafed in its pleasures and yet so intimate and conversational.' - Derek Walcott
Hardback $24.99 rrp
The Best Australian Poems 2012
‘I was struck … by just how many poems depended on the ancient devices of the storyteller … Many have a lyrical or meditative feel, but most have a story to tell, captured in a brief glimpse of the meaning of life, or a dramatic climax.’—JOHN TRANTER
In this impressive anthology John Tranter weaves many threads into a portrait of Australian poetry in 2012. Emerging poets sit alongside the celebrated, travelling from Lake Havasu City to Graz, and nursing homes to fairgrounds, with characters as diverse as David Bowie, Emily Dickinson and Rumpelstiltskin. The Best Australian Poems 2012 will satisfy a hunger for storytelling and a yearning for beauty.
Paperback $24.99 rrp.