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Shapcott, Thomas

Thomas Shapcott was born in Ipswich, Queensland, in 1935. He has published 15 collections of poems, as well as eight novels and over 20 libretti. Translations of his work in book form have been published in Hungary, Romania and the Republic of Macedonia. He was Director of the Literature Board of the Australia Council 1983–90; Executive Director of the National Book Council 1991–97; and the inaugural Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Adelaide 1997–2005. In 1989 he was awarded an Order of Australia for services to literature and in 2000 he won the Patrick White Award. The Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize was named in his honour. He lives in Melbourne.<#InMedia#>'Parts of Us is an accessible work by an authoritative poet and represents an urban Australian landscape readers will have little difficulty relating to.' Bookseller+Publisher, March 2010

'Its centrepiece is a sequence called Adelaide Lunch Sonnets … They are almost without exception superb: relaxed, chatty, full of the kind of graceful wisdom one would expect from a symposium. Most impressively, they display a formal mastery that should place Shapcott among the cream of formal Australian poets. … [a book] of graceful mastery.' Weekend Australian, 27 March 2010

'Parts of Us is witty, clever and thought-provoking. It is also deeply moving, a powerful testament to a life and an art. … a powerful anthology.' Sydney Morning Herald, April 2010

'Parts of Us moves with a steady, warm rhythm, seemingly born of wisdom, deliberation, and the vision of serenity. This is fine writing – lucid, lovely, and striking. Well-paced, the collection delivers in poem after poem. Shapcott is in fine form in this rewarding volume of poetry.  As for Australian poetry, this is certainly a stand out publication of recent years. Shapcott’s technique is masterful and it feels very much as if what he says is something well worth saying – he has a rare gift.' m/c reviews [online], 27 April 2010

'Shapcott has an eye on both pleasure and decay in the body and the world around him.' West Australian, May 2010<#AuthorVideo#><#AuthorWebsite#><#AuthorTwitter#><#AuthorFaceBook#>
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Parts Of Us

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Parts of Us holds in balance a quiet maturity with a vital energy. Ranging from sonnet sequences to long lyrical meditations, dramatic monologues to more confessional works, these poems are imbued with verve, curiosity and elegant inquiry. The collection is marked by an almost self-elegiac strain, an unflinching imagining of one’s own death, and a sense too of love fading, which serves as a brave and powerful corrective to the idealisation of some love poetry written by men about women. In the light of these themes, the lively ‘Adelaide Lunch Sonnets’ acquire additional weight and resonance. These poems are as sensual as figs that, soft as flesh, burst ‘to reveal that secret place where taste is lost in all the rich darkness of their heart’.

$24.95

Selected Poems: Thomas Shapcott

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This fine selection brings together the best work of one of Australia's most significant poets. The poems span some thirty years of his publications, from his early "Shabbytown Calendar" (1971) to poems from his recent novel, "The Search for Galina". The first section is a sampler of his range and style. The following sections move chronologically including verse from his novels and performance poetry as well as his latest unpublished poems. Of his poetry, critics have written: "It is mature, worldly and has a presence that is extremely physical. It feels like sculpture." Kate Llewellyn, "Sydney Morning Herald" "The free-verse structures have some of the urgency of an air-letter and the experiments with verbal tropes are happily improvised with no smell of the laboratory about them." Peter Porter, "Age" "The inventive scope of Shapcott is prodigious ... There is not very much poetry as good as Thomas Shapcott's available in this country." Bruce Beaver, "Scripsi"

$30.00

The Moment Made Marvellous: A Celebration Of Uqp Poetry

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With poems by 70 of Australia's finest contemporary poets, this incomparable selection provides a delectable tour of our poetry from 1968 to 1998. Over 160 poems have been selected. They range from writers who secured their reputations more than fifty years ago. John Blight, David Rowbotham, John Manifold . to the generation that has risen to prominence in the 1990s: Dorothy Porter, Anthony Lawrence, Judith Beveridge. In between are the generation of poets who made the 1970s one of the turning points in Australian poetry and, with the Paperback Poets series, the University of Queensland Press a major publisher of cutting edge creative writing: David Malouf, Judith Rodriguez, Rodney Hall, Michael Dransfield and their contemporaries. Tied together by image and theme, this collection is divided into six parts, emphasising the richness and diversity of poetry published by UQP over three decades. An anthology based on the best of all the poetry by UQP in celebration of its first 50 years.

$28.00

The Moment Made Marvellous: Three Decades Of Uqp Poetry

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With poems by 70 of Australia's finest contemporary poets, this incomparable selection provides a delectable tour of our poetry from 1968 to 1998. Over 160 poems have been selected. They range from writers who secured their reputations more than fifty years ago. John Blight, David Rowbotham, John Manifold . to the generation that has risen to prominence in the 1990s: Dorothy Porter, Anthony Lawrence, Judith Beveridge. In between are the generation of poets who made the 1970s one of the turning points in Australian poetry and, with the Paperback Poets series, the University of Queensland Press a major publisher of cutting edge creative writing: David Malouf, Judith Rodriguez, Rodney Hall, Michael Dransfield and their contemporaries. Tied together by image and theme, this collection is divided into six parts, emphasising the richness and diversity of poetry published by UQP over three decades. An anthology based on the best of all the poetry by UQP in celebration of its first 50 years.

$30.00