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About the Author

John Tranter is a leading Australian poet. He has worked mainly in publishing, teaching and radio production, and has travelled widely, making reading tours to more than forty venues in the USA, England and/or Europe in recent years. He has lived in London (1966-67) and Singapore (1971-72)

Inclui os nomes: John Trantor, John E. Tranter

Obras de John Tranter

The Best Australian Poems 2011 (2011) — Editor — 20 cópias
Urban Myths - 210 Poems (2006) 20 cópias, 1 resenha
The Floor of Heaven (1992) 14 cópias
The Best Australian Poems 2012 (2012) 12 cópias, 1 resenha
At the Florida (Uqp Poetry) (1993) 10 cópias
Starlight: 150 Poems (2010) 9 cópias
Selected poems (1982) 9 cópias
The Best Australian Poetry 2007 (2007) 8 cópias, 1 resenha
The New Australian poetry (1979) 7 cópias
Red movie and other poems (1972) 3 cópias
Parallax and other poems (1970) 3 cópias
Heart Starter (2015) 2 cópias
The Alphabet Murders (1976) 2 cópias
The blast area (1974) 2 cópias
Borrowed Voices (2002) 2 cópias
Trio (Salt Modern Poets S.) (2003) 2 cópias
Gasoline Kisses (1997) 1 exemplar(es)
Ten Sonnets 1 exemplar(es), 1 resenha
Days in the capital (1992) 1 exemplar(es)
The livin' is easy 1 exemplar(es)
Different Hands (Folio (Salt)) (1998) 1 exemplar(es)
Blackout (2000) 1 exemplar(es)


Conhecimento Comum



I read this collection from cover to cover and found one (1) single good poem, the one by Richard Dawe "What does he do with them all, the old acquisitive king... ". So, either the editor/selectors, or Australian poetry, is at fault.

They're all so ... trite, and lacking in lyricism.

So why not just the one star? Well, that's what I *should* have given this terrible collection.
GirlMeetsTractor | Mar 22, 2020 |
I confess that with this book and me it was irritation at first sight. What does it mean to publish a 'best of 2007' book in September? A quick look up the back of the book reveals that a couple of its poems were first published in 2005 and the rest in 2006. Ok, that's my first nitpick out of the way. Then I looked at the list of 'Journals Where the Poems First Appeared' (the books is subtitled 'a selection of the best poems from Australia's literary journals'), and was a bit surprised to see that Quadrant didn't get a guernsey. But it turns out that there are poems from that venerable right-wing rag, and from the equally venerable left-wing, though less well funded, rag Overland, which also doesn't rate a mention in that list. And there's more substantial cause for irritation: more than 40 of the book's 120 pages are devoted to commentary: introductory material by and about the guest editor and the series editors, and then notes from the contributing poets about the poems, which reminded me inevitably of William Carlos Williams's remark: 'You should never explain a poem but it sometimes helps nevertheless.' Some of the poets' own commentaries here are witty, some illuminating, but most plain dull, presumably because they'd said what they wanted to say. My massing irritation didn't exactly put me in a mood to enjoy the forty poems, some of which, it turns out, are very good.… (mais)
shawjonathan | Oct 31, 2007 |


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