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Tranter, John

John Tranter is an internationally renowned poet. His many volumes of poetry include Under Berlin (UQP 1988), which won the Grace Leven Prize, and At the Florida (UQP 1993). He edited the controversial anthology The New Australian Poetry, and co-edited The Penguin Book of Modern Australian Poetry with Philip Mead in 1993, now the standard text in its field. He is the author of twenty books and the founding editor of the free internet magazine Jacket.<#InMedia#><#AuthorVideo#><#AuthorWebsite#><#AuthorTwitter#><#AuthorFaceBook#>
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Starlight: 150 Poems

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Radical revisions, mistranslations and multilingual dealings: in Starlight, John Tranter destroys and rebuilds works by poets including Baudelaire, Mallarmé, Ashbery and T.S. Eliot. The back story of modern poetry is vigorously interrogated, though the narratives are contemporary and the action takes place in the arena of the here and now. The atmosphere crackles with colloquial energy and the dialogue undercuts itself with a dry wit. Tranter’s restless craft is evident in the service of a complex and free-ranging style in this brilliantly playful collection. PRAISE FOR JOHN TRANTER \'An intensity, and a many-sided explorativeness [unmatched] in Australian poetry.’ MARTIN DUWELL


The Best Australian Poetry 2007

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The Best Australian Poetry 2007 celebrates the vibrancy and force of poetryin Australia now. Guest Editor John Tranter, one of Australia’s most important poets, brings his substantial reputation as an anthologist – as well as a great deal of style – to his selection of 40 poems first published in Australian literary journals in 2006. Tranter has put together a rich selection of powerful poems –elegant meditations, rapid sketches, social commentaries – that live inside the world of art and language, as well as poems deeply concerned with life as it is lived. Broad in the variety of poets and poetic styles, The Best Australian Poetry 2007 is as surprising in its diversity as it is pleasurable to read.


The Floor Of Heaven

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A biker's moll, a real-estate shark, a Vietnam veteran who can't forget, an Australian artist fighting drugs and despair in New York... In these four interlinked tales, these vividly drawn characters and their friends, lovers and enemies reinvent themselves as they search for love against a background of passion, ambition, risk, betrayal and death. PRAISE FOR THE FLOOR OF HEAVEN 'A rattling good read' JOHN ASHBERY 'The Floor of Heaven is a tour de force, a devious and profoundly subversive conjuring trick by a poet writing at the peak or his powers... the book pulses with a curious resonance... reminded me irresistibly of the best moments in Twin Peaks ... a strange lyricism.' ANDREW RIEMER, Sydney Morning Herald ‘Stories that are elegantly linked not only by some of the characters but by images and signatures — the swish of tyres in the rain, the hint of perfume ... A hypnotic read.' CARMEL BIRD, Australian Book Review


Urban Myths - 210 Poems

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Urban Myths: 210 Poems brings together the new and uncollected poems from John Tranter, considered one of the most original poets of his generation in Australia.