The public image of Gwen Harwood as a suburban housewife is belied by the raw sensuality of her erotic poetry. And in her personal life, she claimed her right to move – and love – where she would.
Ada Limón is the 24th U.S. poet laureate.
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Ada Limón is the first woman of Mexican ancestry to be named U.S. poet laureate. Through her understanding of social media and the power of connection, she strives to make poetry accessible to everyone.
Poets once wrote their verse in “blood” or “wounds” when a king or queen died. On the eve of Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral, what has happened to the epic art of elegy?
Les Murray’s habit of rearranging and recontexualising his poetry was a reflection of his distinctive way of perceiving the world.
Self portrait by Philip Larkin for a library staff Christmas party, December 1963.
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He was the poet who asked, ‘Why should I let the toad work Squat on my life?’ but new evidence suggests Larkin was proud of his library job.
Pictured, clockwise from left: Gertrude Stein, Lina Poletti, Sarah Bernhardt, Virginia Woolf, Sappho.
Selby Wynn Schwartz’s inventive, poetic reimagining of lives like those of Virginia Woolf and Sarah Bernhardt – against a backdrop of Sappho – has just been longlisted for the Booker Prize.
The Lincoln Coffee Lounge, Rowe Street, Sydney (1950), the birthplace of the Sydney Push.
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Hard Joy is an intimate and often idiosyncratic work that speaks of the importance of honest relationships and a rich life of the mind.
The Funeral of Shelley
He had a scandalous reputation in his lifetime but in death became angelic.
In his latest collection, Revenants, an award-winning poet roams across personal, historical, geographical and cultural terrain.
John Kinsella, top right, and (clockwise), Kwame Dawes, Thurston Moore and Charmaine Papertalk Green.
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How do you write a poem with someone else? John Kinsella has collaborated with musician Thurston Moore, Yamaji poet Charmaine Papertalk Green and Ghanaian-Jamaican Kwame Dawes. He offers some clues.
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A new collection of non-fiction by one of Australia’s greatest poets enriches our understanding of her legacy.
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Evelyn Araluen’s award-winning book Dropbear is a sizzling collection of poetry and prose that is both deeply funny and deadly serious.
The shortlisted Stella authors: (clockwise from top left to right) Elfie Shiosaki, Evelyn Araluen, Anwen Crawford, Jennifer Down, Lee Lai and Eunice Andrada.
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For the first time, only one novel has been shortlisted, amid works of poetry, essays and graphic fiction. They tackle big issues - racism, grief, sexual abuse - but are leavened by joy.
Children play with a dog in Bucha, Ukraine, on April 8.
The poems in The Honey of Man may cast a harsh light on human cruelties and stupidities, but they avoid hopelessness or helplessness.
Poetry might seem like an odd way to communicate science research but the literary form can help engage a wide group of people
Stormclouds over Northam, Western Australia (31 January 2011).
David Brooks considers the early work of one of Australia’s most prolific poets.
Gaining a deeper understanding of our shared history can allow for healing.
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A poet speaks to how his love of history has shaped his work.
Poetry matters: City workers in Kiev, Ukraine, protect a monument to Italian poet Dante Alighieri from shelling by the Russians.
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In the middle of a brutal war, poetry asserts its value, challenging the darkness and inhumanity.
William Barak, Figures in possum skin cloaks, 1898.
Can a poem tell us more about the past than a history book?
Poetry can be a way for people to come together.
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Poetry can unite people when all seems lost. The Conversation US has pulled together four articles from its archives that speak on the power of poetry.