Groundswell: The Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize for New & Emerging Poets 2007–2020, edited by Toby Fitch
O L Society, January 2022
Named after one of Australia’s most politically conscious poets, the Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize for New and Emerging Poets, the richest of its kind in the southern hemisphere, has unearthed some outstanding poets, many of whom are now mainstays in the poetic landscape. This book is an anthology of the winning poems from the first fourteen years of the prize. Not just a historical catalogue, the anthology includes a slew of other poems by the winning poets, showing off their development since featuring in the prize, and traversing much of the topography of Australian poetry in the early twenty-first century.
‘Judith Wright’s vanguard promise has emboldened progressive poets for decades, and the poems collected here flare with her bright yearning for justice, compassion and fidelity.’
‘An audacious, determined, polyphonous and dynamic anthology, Groundswell is conversant with the crises of now.’
‘… allows the reader to follow the wind as it whips across this exhilarating and finely calibrated poetic field.’
‘… an impressive and valuable book.’
Best of Australian Poems 2021, edited by Ellen van Neerven and Toby Fitch
Australian Poetry, December 2021
‘The act of writing is an aural event.’ Ania Walwicz (1951–2020)
Best of Australian Poems is a new annual anthology collecting previously published and unpublished poems to create a poetic snapshot of the year that was. Capturing the richness and diversity of Australian poetry, across a timeframe of 1 July 2020 – 30 June 2021, the series will explore how poetic responses to the contemporary moment develop with each passing year.
The book opens with an introduction by its 2021 editors, award-winning poets Ellen van Neerven and Toby Fitch. They discuss their approach to curating the ‘aural events’ of this inaugural anthology, which features 100 poems across a considered, also provocative at times, range of poetic voices, approaches and themes.
The Best of Australian Poems (BoAP) series is published by Australia’s national poetry organisation, Australian Poetry, and will feature two different guest editors each year.