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Fremantle Press, January 2017
Softcover, 336 pages
20.1cm × 13.4cm × 2.3cm

The Fremantle Press Anthology of Western Australian Poetry

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The Fremantle Press Anthology of Western Australian Poetry is a comprehensive survey of the state's poets from the 19th century to today. Featuring work from 134 poets, and including the work of many WA Indigenous poets, this watershed anthology brings together the poems that have contributed to and defined the ways that Western Australians see themselves.

Reviewed by Bill

Bill is the Buyer for Boffins, so blame him when you don’t find the book you want. He reads widely, particularly non-fiction, and reviews books monthly on Wednesdays with Gareth Parker on radio station 6PR.

*As reviewed on Radio 6PR 882 5th May 2017*

134 poets are represented, from the 19th century through to today and there are many regional poems, fitting for such a big state.

These poems have so much meaning for us, they’ve helped define the ways that we Sandgropers see ourselves. It even includes a poem by the aforesaid Henry Prinsep (Book:Carlotta's Perth), titled Josephine, and is of course about his wife.

Alfred Chandler, a.k.a “Spinifex” is there with his Goldfields poems “Lights Along the Mile” and “Coolgardie 1893”, alongside “Dryblower” (Edwin Murphy) and “Crosscut (Thomas Wilson)

Dorothy Hewett, Fay Zwicky, Katherine Susannah Prichard are all included. It’s a perfect gift for anyone who loves poetry and in particular, a Western Australian collection.

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