Well, this is Part 3 of my three part series on South Australian poets who (I think) should be known, or better known, beyond the streets and suburbs of our State. Again, for each poet I’ve included details for recent publications, and references to poems that can be found online or in readily available anthologies.
And there are at least half a dozen poets I’ve kept in reserve for a later post or posts.
For those looking for a further entrée of South Australian poetry, the Adelaide Writers’ Week poetry reading on Monday, 6 March 2017, 5:00-6:00 pm, will feature a range of South Australian poets, from the established to the emerging: Steve Brock, Cath Kenneally, Jules Leigh Koch, Louise Nicholas, Jan Owen and Dominic Symes.
Writers’ Week will also feature well-known South Australian poets Ken Bolton and Mike Ladd, as well as Adam Aitken (NSW) and Adam Fitzgerald (USA).
Louise Nicholas, poet
‘The List of Last Remaining proves Louise Nicholas to be a poet of generosity, wit and wisdom. […] The pervasive humour and leaps of imagination are tempered by Louise’s emotional and verbal precision and her poised acknowledgment of loss as well as grace.’ – Jan Owen on The List of Last Remaining
- WomanSpeak (with Jude Aquilina) (Wakefield Press, 2009)
- Large (chapbook) (Garron Publishing, 2013)
- The List of Last Remaining (Five Island Press, 2016) review
- Poem: ‘In Praise of the Prose Poem (or Yes, But is it Poetry?)’ (Mascara Literary Review)
- Poem: ‘Breakfast’ (The Best Australian Poetry 2007)
- Poem: ‘How to Scale a Fish’ (The Best Australian Poems 2014)
Heather Taylor Johnson, poet and novelist
‘We’re drawn into an ecology where people really do give a damn about each other and the world their friends, lovers, children and animals inhabit.’ – Michael Sharkey on Meanwhile, the Oak
- Letters to My Lover from a Small Mountain Town (Interactive Press, 2012) review
- Meanwhile, the Oak (Five Island Press, 2016)
- Jean Harley was Here (novel) (University of Queensland Press, forthcoming 2017)
- Poetry editor for Transnational Literature
- Poem: ‘Two Trees’ (Transnational Literature)
- Poem: ‘Shovelling Snow’ (Mascara Literary Review)
Ian Gibbins, poet and neuroscientist
‘More than thirty years of experience in zoology, pharmacology and the human body spill out onto the pages of this focused and often quirky collection. Ian challenges his readers to open and expand their minds while delighting in new words, new creatures and new rhythms.’ – Heather Taylor Johnson on Urban Biology
- Urban Biology (Wakefield Press, 2012)
- Poem: ‘Afterthoughts’ (shortlisted for the 2015 Ron Pretty Prize)
- Poem: ‘Open Home’ (Uneven Floor – audio/video)
- Poem: ‘Prospectus’ (Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal)
- Poem: ‘William Dampier Loses Bearings, Heads East, Renegotiates Abel Tasman, Draws a Blank’ (Found Poetry Review)
- Poem: ‘Field Guide’ (ABR and The Best Australian Poems 2008)