Collection of poems, forthcoming May 2019 (Vagabond Press)
Winner of the Noel Rowe Poetry Award 2017-18
Thom Sullivan’s debut collection of poems, Carte Blanche, traverses the exactitudes of place and time – from a distinctively Australian suburbia, to farming landscapes in South Australia’s Mount Lofty Ranges, to Australia’s renowned Great Ocean Road, and the interior terrains of consciousness and perception. The poems are memorable, succinct in their expression, precise in their effect, and notable for their innovative use of syntax and punctuation. Carte Blanche is a collection of poems that’s finely realised and keenly felt.
‘Sullivan presents a sharp collection of quietly spoken poems dealing with the complexities of human relationships in a vanishing world. The manuscript has considerable formal variety from spoken interior monologues and reflections to a series of imagistic notations. It also demonstrates a thoughtful and exciting use of punctuation and syntax.’ – from the Noel Rowe Poetry Award’s judges’ report
‘LIGHT AND GLORIE’
Anthology, published 2012 (available from Amazon)
In 2012, Thom Sullivan and Aidan Coleman invited South Australian poets to write about the renowned stained glass in St. Bart’s Church, Norwood, one of Adelaide’s oldest churches. Many of South Australia’s – and Australia’s – finest poets took up the challenge. Light and Glorie, an anthology edited by Sullivan and Coleman, showcases the new work written in response to the windows. The poems – ranging from devotional to sceptical, from detailed to digressive, from the personal and aesthetic to the historical – are part of a long literary tradition of writing about works of art. The project culminated in the publication of the anthology, and a reading at which poets read alongside the windows.
- Reflections on the project’s 5 year anniversary, 2017 (Facebook)
- News.com.au article
- Radio Adelaide interview
- ABC Radio National ‘The Spirit of Things’ podcast, with images of the windows
- Robert Rath’s photos of the reading
Short collection of poems, published 2009 (out of print)
Sullivan, Thom, 2009, Airborne, in Emmett, ML, Hardy, R & Sullivan, T, 2009, New Poets 14, ed. C Black, Wakefield.
‘This collection demonstrates a control that is sure but not rigid, that reveals itself only as formal grace. The poems are memorable: their imagery stays with us, their pacing and ordering are remembered for delivering an experience that the reader feels sharply.’ – Ken Bolton