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Gould, Alan

Alan Gould is a poet, novelist and essayist. His recent publications include the poems in A Fold In The Light (2001), essays in The Totem Ship, (1996) and his sixth novel, The Schoonermaster’s Dance (2000). He has won the 1999 Philip Hodgins Memorial Medal for Literature, the 1992 National Book Council Banjo Award for fiction, and was co-winner of the 2001 Courier-Mail Book of the Year Award with The Schoonermaster’s Dance. In addition, he has recently won the CAPO Fellowship for 2002 and an ACT Creative Fellowship.
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The Past Completes Me: Selected Poems 1973-2003

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From Icelandic Solitaries to A Fold in the Light, this book brings together a selection of Alan Gould’s finest poems spanning three decades. In this compilation of older and newly revised poems, Gould demonstrates that mastery of cadence and narrative style which has formed his moving body of work. These poems feature natural and personal subjects as well as dramatic formal experiments. They speak a language energized by psychological and historical necessity, yet chart that plane of metaphysical wondering – restive, delicate, haunting – which accords with our own experience. ‘One of Australia’s finest contemporary poets’ – The Oxford Companion to Australian Literature ‘Gould compels a close reading; he provokes quotation; he encourages thought; he rewards the flexible ear and the remembering eye’ – Vernon Young, Parnassus: Poetry In Review ‘The distinctive qualities of his voice are admirable ones. The rich aural texture of his lines, his firmly handled verse-forms, and the scope of his diction all indicate an uncommon dedication to the craft of poetry’ – Gary Catelano, The Age