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Taylor, Andrew

Andrew Taylor was born in Victoria in 1940, educated at Melbourne University, and lived for many years in Adelaide. He now teaches at Edith Cowan University in Perth. He is the author of the critical book Reading Australian Poetry (UQP 1987), and the libretti for two operas. Travelling (UQP 1986) was the regional winner of the British Airways Commonwealth Poetry Prize, and Sandstone (UQP 1995) won the Western Australian Premier’s Book Award for Poetry. His latest collection, his tenth book of poetry, is Gotterdammerung Café (UQP 2001). Andrew is one of Australia’s most accomplished and anthologised contemporary poets. He has lived and worked at various times in Italy, the USA, England and Germany, where he visits regularly.
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Andrew Taylor: Selected Poems

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Andrew Taylor is an innovative and exploratory writer. This new volume provides a comprehensive selection of his poetry from 1960 to 1985, from the powerful assurance of "The Cool Change" and "Ice Fishing", through the playful poems of "The Cat's Chin and Ears" to the epoch-making prose poems from "Parabolas" and the meditations from "Invention of Fire". Andrew Taylor's "Selected Poems" was first published in 1982. The best of that volume has been retained in this new edition, and a substantial section has been added from "Travelling" (UQP 1986), the regional winner of the British Airways Commonwealth Poetry Prize.


The Gotterdammerung Cafe

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From the start, Andrew Taylor's poetry has been involved in both the domestic and the wider world of travel - physical, emotional and spiritual. The poems in this new collection, whether set in an Australian garden, or on the beach, or in Europe or North America, continue that exploration. They journey from a playful inventory of small personal accessories to probings of the nature of God, the atrocity of war, and the degradation of the natural world. Yet as the title poem with its Wagnerian overtones suggests, there is no real dividing line between the biggest dramas and the personal. This is Taylor's tenth book of poetry, continuing his reputation as one of Australia's most independent and accomplished poets.