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The Hour Wasp

by Jay Sheets & Robyn Leigh Lear

THE HOUR WASP by Jay Sheets does the unspeakable.  It takes you on a journey, in three sections, through morose, sometimes tragic imagery (the ouroboros rinsed in venom / [flickering] the shape of things unshaped...

Paradise Lost

by John Milton

Paradise Lost is an epic poem in blank verse by the 17th-century English poet John Milton (1608–1674). The first version, published in 1667, consisted of ten books with over ten thousand lines of verse. A...


by Dante Alighieri

Paradise is the third and final part of Dante's Divine Comedy, following the Inferno and the Purgatory. It is an allegory telling of Dante's journey through Heaven, guided by Beatrice, who symbolises theology....

Selected Poems

by Oscar Wilde

Wilde, glamorous and notorious, more famous as a playwright or prisoner than as a poet, invites readers of his verse to meet an unknown and intimate figure. The poetry of his formative years includes the haunting...


by Dante Alighieri

In Roman Catholic theology, Purgatory is an intermediate state after physical death in which some of those ultimately destined for heaven must first "undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary...

Newtown Voices

by Sue Cartledge

Everyday life in Newtown in 1978 through the voices of locals and newcomers: violence, intimidation, corruption, bombings, wogs, dagos, Abos and Aussies, racism, sexism, homophobia, poverty, drugs and disco...

Battlers and Bushmen

by Peter A Daw & Julie-Ann Hill

The Birdsville Track is very arid country between the Simpson Desert and Sturt's Stony Desert in central Australia. Artesian Bores provide a permanent water source that enabled cattle and Drovers to travel...

Leaves of Grass

by Walt Whitman

Leaves of Grass is a poetry collection by the American poet Walt Whitman (1819–1892). Though the first edition was published in 1855, Whitman spent most of his professional life writing and re-writing Leaves...

A Grace Paley Reader

by Grace Paley, Nora Paley, Kevin Bowen & George Saunders

"A writer like Paley," writes George Saunders, “comes along and brightens language up again, takes it aside and gives it a pep talk, sends it back renewed, so it can do its job, which is to wake us up.”...


by Lachlan Mackinnon

Doves is a powerful and affecting new volume of poems by Lachlan Mackinnon. His fifth collection, it is the follow-up to Small Hours, shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Poetry in 2010. This is his most open...

Shakespeare's Sonnets and Other Poems

by William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare's sonnets are among the best-known poems in the English language, and the verses continue to touch the hearts of readers today. In Shakespeare's Sonnets and Other Poems, readers will find...

When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities

by Chen Chen & Jericho Brown

In this ferocious and tender debut, Chen Chen investigates inherited forms of love and family—the strained relationship between a mother and son, the cost of necessary goodbyes—all from Asian American, immigrant,...

The Trembling Answers

by Craig Morgan Teicher

A master of neo-confessional poetry, Craig Morgan Teicher charts new territory in his fierce exploration of family, fatherhood, and poetry.

Collected Poems

by Lorna Goodison

Lorna Goodison is a poet alive to places, from the loved and lived-in world of Jamaica where she began and started a family, to the United States and Canada where she has made her teaching career, but always...

Waiting for the Nightingale

by Miles Burrows

Miles Burrows was born in Leicester in 1936 and educated at Wadham College Oxford, where he graduated in Classi, Philosophy and Medicine, having studied Russian in National Service. He did his internship at...


by Anonymous

Beowulf is an Old English epic poem consisting of 3182 alliterative lines. It may be the oldest surviving long poem in Old English and is commonly cited as one of the most important works of Old English literature....

Bicycle Thieves

by Mary di Michele

A masterwork from one of Canada’s most important poets

Referencing the post-war neorealist film by Vittorio De Sica, Mary di Michele’s Bicycle Thieves commemorates her Italian past and her life in Canada...


by George Murray

The highly anticipated follow-up to the wildly popular Glimpse

Quick is George Murray’s second collection of aphorisms — a form that straddles the lines between poetry, philosophy, humour, and prose. He describes...

Poetry, Aphorisms, and Affirmations

by Robert B Davis II

Legend has it people once existed and read books written in words of languages. Some of these people looked for their books to tell them something about life itself, as if nothing else could. This isn't a book...

Watching from the Shadows

by Greg Tome

‘Greg Tome’s poetry is always immediate and felt. His responses to the immediacy and intimacy of daily living are counterpoints to those poems in which he explores the pain of the human condition and, ultimately,...