Martin Duwell reviews ‘Carte Blanche’ for ‘Australian Poetry Review’

There ought to be a mythology that depicts The Poet as a being with two skins: a tender inner membrane that’s pervious to the world, and a thick hide or pelt that insulates them from the inevitable slings and arrows of rejection notes, or reviews, or – failing that – the abject neglect of their work. In December 2020, critic Martin Duwell published a review of my book Carte Blanche (Vagabond, 2019) and Ella Jeffery’s Dead Bolt (Puncher & Wattmann, 2020) at Australian Poetry Review. It was a fearful thing to discover that the book had been reviewed by a critic I regularly turn to as one of the country’s most incisive readers of poetry. Sincere thanks to Martin for his careful and generous reading of the book. It was a delight to be reviewed alongside Ella’s debut book of poems, which I very much enjoyed reading, and which I had the pleasure of seeing launched online in September. Click here for the FULL REVIEW of Carte Blanche and Dead Bolt.

3 thoughts on “Martin Duwell reviews ‘Carte Blanche’ for ‘Australian Poetry Review’

    1. Thanks Mike! That’s what I love about Martin’s Australian Poetry Review reviews: they’re so comprehensive, without having to curtail or summarise the review for the sake of a word count or column inches. It’s so nice to be on the receiving end of one of these reviews, and such a positive one.

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