Most Referenced Works. Personal Awards. Awards for Works. For Cumulus , Robert Gray has chosen all he wishes to retain from his eight volumes of poetry, some of it considerably and significantly revised.
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He has included here a new book, "Nameless Earth", not previously published in Australia. Equally, his work is notable for its frequent, uncanny rightness in the creation of images.
His thinking shows a remarkable fluency in both Eastern and Western philosophies Gray has referred to himself as a Buddhist heretic. These are all modernist pathways, and this poetry negotiates them with a lucid, classical temper. Whether through his sensuous language or his powerful engagement with ideas, Gray's poetry continually opens us to a fresh involvement with the physical world.
It is the first of its kind for Australia and promises to become a classic. Translations of some striking Aboriginal song poems are one of the high points. Included here are Australia's major poets, and lesser-known but equally affecting ones, and all manifestations of Australian poetry since , from concrete poems to prose poems, from the cerebral to the naive, from the humorous to the confessional, and from formal to free verse.
Translations of some striking Aboriginal song poems are one of the high points. Containing over poems from Australian poets, as well as short critical biographies, this careful reevaluation of Australian poetry makes this a superb book that can be read and enjoyed over a lifetime. A new anthology, Australian Poetry since , includes more than poets.
Its contents range from Aboriginal songs to colonial ballads and contemporary concrete poems.
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