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Sometimes Gladness : Collected Poems 1954 to 1997. Fifth Edition.

By Dawe, Bruce

Longman, 1997. Sometimes Gladness : Collected Poems 1954 to 1997. Fifth Edition by Bruce Dawe is 296 pp & over 500g to post. Bruce Dawe is Australia's best-selling and most popular living poet. This fifth edition of Sometimes Gladness marks its extraordinary ongoing success. All the poems which have established Dawe's reputation have been retained in this edition, and more recent poems have been included. reviewer says >>> My favourite book of poetry. I usually prefer an anthology to dip into the words of different writers, but Bruce Dawe writes with so many pens, with so many different accents, with so many voices of such varied ages, that he is a poet to suit every mood.. Card Cover. Very Good/None issued. 22cm.


Under Twenty-Five: An Anthology

By O'Donovan, Anne, Jayne Sanderson and Shane Porteus, eds, Carey, Peter

Australia: The Jacaranda Press, 1966. Under Twenty-Five: An Anthology, 199pp, over 500g to post, dj has appropriate wear at he upper corners (hence low price). Book has a small pastoral company stamp on 1st page. This is a collation of stories, ideas, photos, poems by people in the bloom of young adulthood. The book has Peter Carey's first published short story. . 1st. Hardcover. Very Good/Good. 25 Cm.


Australian Verse for Young People

By Bindi-Bindi

Qld: Bindi-Bindi Publishing, Queensland, 2000. Australian Verse for Young People is 56pp in pristine order & over 500g to post. A taste of Australiana via poems with a distinct Aussie flavour with samples such as At The Beach. The Bush Gymnasium, The Tennis Match of Snake Gully & the Little Bilby. Double page artwork by Lynne Wilson. Contains ten delightful stories written in rhyming verse. Imagine a crocodile and a snake going or a swim, or a discussion amongst the residents of the Australian bush regarding keeping fit. A tennis match between a wallaby and a kangaroo is not to be missed, and the Bush Band from Kakadu are samples of the absolutely charming stories in Australian Verse for the Young.. Illustrated Board Cover. Fine/None issued. Illus. by Lynne Wilson. 30.5cm.


A Book of Australian Verse

By Wright, J (intro), Various

Oxford University Press, 1956. Two faults? > first page absent, and the cover has been in the wars with a piece absent bottom left & tail of spine - aggrieved Tassie devil or??The remaining 266 pp of the text block in first rate order, (perhaps the previous owner removed the page as it _____ < (insert creative reason here) - less than 500g to post. Poetry pieces by the likes of Kendall, Gay, Lawson, Brennan, Gilmore, baylebridge, Hope, Sleeor, Stewart & Mackenzie amongst the notables.. Hardcover. Very Good/No Jacket. 19cm.


Beastly Tales from Here and There

By Seth, Vikram

Phoenix, 1994. 130pp & less than 500g to post. 'Because it was very hot in my house one day and I could not concentrate on my work, I decided to write a summer story involving mangoes and a river. By the time I had finished writing 'The Crocodile and the Monkey' (in a cool room lent to me by a friend), another story and other animals had begun stirring in my mind. And so it went on until all ten of these beastly tales were born - or re-born.Of the ten tales told here, the first two come from India, the next two from China, the next two from Greece, and the next two from the Ukraine. The final two came directly from the Land of Gup. I hope you enjoy them and have a beastly time.' Vikram Seth. reviewer says >>> Revisiting folk tales in rhymed verse is a splendid thing to do! And some of the things on the reborn tales are issues that are current even today. Hard to believe these were written more than two decades ago! Book has a gift . Paperback. Very Good/None issued. 20cm.



By Meinhold Marcus

York and Horne Publishers Australia, 2007. Described as "The story is almost unbearably beautiful. Its rhythms and gestures are those of life itself. Full of images that sing and dance in never-ending circles". Inscription and Signature of Author. 6th Reprint. Hard Cover. Very Good. 18cm. Signed.



By Yeats, W.B.

UK: T. Fisher Unwin, 1927. 323pp & just a shade under 500g (you may wish to pay the 3kg rate if you'd like the packaging to be more than bubble wrap, that is boxed). There seems a multitude of bindings and this seems singular in style and may have been rebound - it has a soft brown leather cover embossed in a Celtic design with two small green roundels in opposite diagonal corners. Initial 12 or so pp a veritable den of foxes(ing), then onwards just scattered foxing but prominent on the compressed pp edges.. 7th Edition. Hardcover. Good/None issued. 21.5cm.


Understanding Poetry

By Leask, K.G.

Australia: Rigby, 1973. First Edition. 124 pages & lss than 500g to post. Understanding Poetry gives markers to the teaching of poetry by Leask, includes poet index as well as index of first lines.. Card Cover. Very Good/None issued. 21cm.


The Oxford Book of English Verse

By Ricks, Christopher (ed)

UK: Oxford University Press, 1999. Oxford University Press, London, this book in great order. Dust Jacket condition VG bar a small closed tear at rear top edge. 690pp, index of authors & first lines & titles- a kilo to post. Black coloured cloth with gilt lettering on spine. Decorated cream coloured end papers. No inscriptions. Maroon coloured slik ribbon page mark. Unclipped illustrated cream/brown coloured dust jacket with black lettering. Over seven centuries of English poetry, chosen and introduced by Christopher Ricks, whom Auden described as 'exactly the kind of critic every poet dreams of finding'. The Oxford Book of English Verse, created in 1900 by Arthur Quiller-Couch is a giving beacon of verse & inspiration & this selection brings in new poems and poets from all ages, and extends the range by another half-century, to include many twentieth-century figures. Hardcover. Excellent/Very Good. 22.5cm.


All Because Of .... A Collection Of Poems

By Semeniuk, Antoni

UK: Arthur H.Stockwell Ltd, 1972. All Because Of... A Collection Of Poems by Semeniuk is a nice little harcover in leather-effect boards, 68pp & less than 500g to post. Semeniuk was born in Poland in 1924. He served time as a political prisoner in Siberia & was an activist in the middle-East before coming to Australia in the 1950s. . Hard Boards. Very Good/None issued. 22.5cm.


New Approaches to Ezra Pound: A Coordinated Investigation of Pound's Poetry and Ideas

By Hesse, Eva (ED)

UK: Faber & Faber, London, 1969. 700g, 406pp, - small sample >> ‘All exegesis of poetry’, Hesse suggested in her 1969 introduction to New Approaches to Ezra Pound, ‘might be regarded as being, to a significant extent, idioplasty, and as such, forming an extension of the poem read’. In addition, by ‘generating a kind of corona or chromosphere around the poem, idioplasty is liable to lead the reader to subjects that may sometimes lie far outside the specifics that the poet originally had in mind’ <<< Hesse is clearly tha antithesis of poetry evaluation/appreciation as per J Evans Pritchard in 'Dead Poets Society'. 1st. Hardcover. Excellent/Very Good. 22.5cm.


The Collins Book of Australian Poetry

By Hall, Rodney (ed)

Australia: Collins Fontana, 1984. Born in Solihull, Warwickshire, England, Hall came to Australia as a child after World War II and studied at the University of Queensland. In the 1960s Hall began working as a freelance writer, and a book and film reviewer. He also worked as an actor, and was often engaged by the Australian Broadcasting Commission in Brisbane. Between 1967 and 1978 he was the Poetry Editor of The Australian. 700g & 458 crisply presented pp, this is a most interesting anthology of Australian poems, including thosen by aboriginals, the eponymous anonymous, and many well known poets such as Adam Lindsay Gordon, Brennan, Ern malley, Gellert and Judith Wright.. Softcover. Excellent/None issued. 21.5cm.


Honey and Bitters

By Kidman, Fiona

New Zealand: Pegasus Press, 1975. Small softcover of Kidman's poetry - she was born in Hawera NZ in 1940 & worked in libraries, journalism, radio & TV & writes fulltime. Her first of eight novels was published in 1979, and she has also published four short story collections and four collections of poetry. Her work is often concerned with the effects of suburban and provincial lower middle-class life, its morals and its hypocrisies. Kidman is active in the literary community, serving as the national president of PEN from 1981 to 1983 and as the president of the New Zealand Book Council from 1992 to 1995. In 1988 she founded and ran the Fiona Kidman Creative Writing School, which is now part of Whitireia Community Polytechnic. She was the Meridian Energy Katherine Mansfield Memorial Fellow for 2006 and President of Honour of the New Zealand Book Council. Her latest novel, The Captive Wife was runner-up for the Deutz Medal and won the Readers' Choice award at the 2006 Montana New Zealand Book Awards. In the 1988 New Year Honours, Kidman was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire, for services to literature. She was appointed a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 1998 New Year Honours for services to literature. This book is first of her poetry collections ( Honey & Bitters (1975) On the Tightrope (1977) Going to the Chathams (1985) Wakeful Nights (1993) and is signed & inscribed "For Brenda, Fiona Kidman". . Inscription and Signature of Author. 1st. Softcover. Very Good/None issued. 21.5cm.


The Essential Mary Webb

By Martin Armstrong (intro)

UK: Jonathan Cape, 1949. The essential Mary Webb - Webb's star should have risen higher according to critical review >>> "This year’s discovery has been Mary Webb, author of Gone to Earth. She is a genius, and I shouldn’t mind wagering that she is going to be the most distinguished writer of our generation."- Rebecca West, review of Gone to Earth. Literally dozens of other respected literary figures off unstinting praise for Webb's skill as a wordsmith. Armstrong presents selections of Webb's prose & poetry (Golden Arrow, Gone to Earth, Seven for a secret, precious Bane & Armour wherein he trusted, six essays & 12 poems - a fine sampling with attractive artwork in a 30s style. Webb's Shropshire characters inspired Stella Gibbons wondeerful parody, Cold Comfort Farm. 416pp & just under 500g for post. dj has a repaired tear 1" at top left.. Hardcover. Very Good/Good/Fair. Illus. by Norman Hepple and Rowland Hilder.. 20cm.


The Song of Songs

NJ: Gramercy, 1993. 8vo. Unpaginated. 10 colour illustrations. Publishers black cloth spine, titled in gilt, on pictorial boards. FINE condition. These poems transcend their theological meaning & radiate the passion & universality of spiritual as well as physical love. Book is pristine order & Flint's illustrations are luminous.. Hardcover. Excellent/None issued. Illus. by William Russell Flint. 21.5cm.



By Wain, John (ed)

UK: OUP, 1990. 659 perfect pp, just under the 500g for posting. This two-volume (this book is part one) anthology celebrates four centuries of English poetry, from the Elizabethan era to the present day. This, the first of the two volumes, includes Spenser, Sydney, Shakespeare, Donne, Milton, Dryden, Swift, Pope, and many others, together with a generous selection from less well-known writers. The richness and variety of this tradition are represented in this collection by all the great and familiar names, but also some of the less well-known poets who have often provided startling exceptions to the poetry of their age. The result is a rich and multi-coloured tapestry of the depth, diversity, and energy of poetry written in Britain and Ireland. John Wain, 1925-94, was an English novelist and critic. He served as professor of poetry at Oxford (1973-8) and wrote or edited more than seventy books.. Softcover. Very Good/None issued. 19.5cm.


In the Company of Rilke: Why a 20th-Century Visionary Poet Speaks So Eloquently to 21st-Century Readers

By Dowrick, Stephanie

Allen & Unwin, 2006. In the Company of Rilke is a rare book about a rare poet. Rainer Maria Rilke was a giant of twentieth-century writing who remains a visionary voice for our own time, captivating readers not only with his brilliance but also his fearlessness about the "deepest things." Speaking through his own contradictions and ambivalences, he gives readers a profound understanding of the complex beauty of human existence. review >>> I have not had much experience of poetry, but am finding Stephanie's commentary and elucidations have great clarity. I guess you would have to describe this book as deeply spiritual but you may be amazed at how much you appreciate and agree with.. Inscription and Signature of Author. Paperback. Excellent/None issued. 23.5cm.


The Shield of Achilles: War, Peace and the Course of History

By Bobbitt, Philip

UK: Allen Lane, 2002. approx 1.5kg packed for post, 922 clean white well bound pp, minor wear to corners & leading edge of dj, This ambitious book sets out to reinterpret the history of the twentieth century as a long war in which conditions of outright military confrontation or of frantic "cold" competition lasted from the outbreak of the first world war until the collapseof the Soviet Union. He goes on to argue that this long experience of war has brought about a fundamental change in the constitutional basis of sates, and explores this idea through the notion of the "market state". By clarifying the relationship between constitutional settlements and military power, and by drawing on his firsthand experience in the heart of superpower planning, Bobbitt reveals a startling new way of understanding the past - and an awesome glimpse of the future. review >>> Breathtaking scope handled with confidence and clarity. Ambitious, erudite, persuasive. A tour de force historical narrative of state hegemonics. But with an agenda. and >>> That Bobbitt writes elegantly and synthesizes everything from poetry to policy to warfare to theory so beautifully makes the experience all the more rewarding and compelling. . 1st. Hardcover. Excellent/Good. 24 Cm.


100 New Zealand Poems

By Bill Manhire (ed)

Auckland: Godwit, 1994. Just a slight bump to upper right corner o/wise it's a beaut - unpaginated but say 150 with notes at end. 100 New Zealand Poems is a journey through the hearts and histories and landscapes of New Zealand - from the country's earliest poems to work by new poets of the 1990s.100 New Zealand Poems is an ideal source book for students of New Zealand literature of all ages but will also be a delightful read for anyone with more than a passing interest in poetry. The poems have been chosen by Bill Manhire, who also contributes an introduction and notes on each of the 100 selections. nice review here >> Bill Manhire has done a standout job of selecting and grouping 100 New Zealand poems by 100 New Zealand poets. I'd say about 60 to 70% of them resonated with me, which is a stellar strike-rate for poems. No doubt the challenging and worthy have been omitted to make this collection accessible. It worked.. Softcover. Very Good/None issued. 23.5cm.


Bruce Beaver Selected Poems 1960 19905

By Bruce Beaver

Australia: University of Queensland Press, 1988. 276 clean white well-bound pp. Softcover. Very Good/None issued. 19.5cm.


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