Thin Book

Axolotl Waltz

In axolotl waltz, Nathan Shepherdson steers a rusty trolley with its wobbly wheel as he haunts the aisles in the Supermarket of Casual Koans (SOCK). What he can’t find, he invents, or at other times puts items back he bought months ago, on their same shelf, unopened. Shepherdson is perhaps an outlier in Australian Poetry – grows his own punctuation, turns water into accidental wit, stares at the seeds of random ideas with a synthetic light in his eyes. Yet he understands that shadows are the perfect fabric for a new suit or old clothes. It seems the shooting stars he’s looking for have blown their headlights.

I’ve Been Called Away

An uncompromising avant-gardist when young, Chester wrote brilliant poetry and strongly influenced younger friends he mentored. The names of some of them – Robert Hughes and Clive James – are familiar to Australian readers. But not Chester. Chester is the first Australian poet to write poetry in the jokey, colloquial style of what is known as the New York school – poets such as John Ashbery, Frank O’Hara and Kenneth Koch, who threw phrases at the page like an action painting, and treated meanings as objects to toy with and abandon. Ten years younger than the founding members of the New York school, Chester was writing poems like theirs at about the same time – starting in the second half of the 1950s. He is unlikely to have read their work. He was uniquely original.

Alchemy of the Sun

Alchemy of the Sun is a book about journeys. Sent to “open up the country”, ignorant of Aboriginal strategies for coping with the terrain and climate, many of the desert explorers failed, some dying in the attempt. Today’s battle is with man-made climate change and its aftereffects, an ongoing fecklessness that has disturbed the delicate balance of elements and environment. These poems seek to challenge the mindset of “conquering” the land, and offer instead the opportunity of mediation with the forces that shape the planet and our lives.

High Spirits

“Paul Mitchell has a deep love of the human condition and celebrates it with warm, witty, wise and wonderful words. He peers deeply into the
cosmic comedy and weaves poetry of humour and compassion from all its colours.” – Michael McGirr


Diane Fahey builds on an already rich body of poetry about birds with this fresh tribute to their exquisite intelligence, grace and splendour as they exist in the wild, and in our immediate sensory world. Vividly, she evokes the lives and contemporary plight of penguins, flamingos and myriad other birds. Sanctuaries offers a composite portrait of the suffering and the resilience, the giftedness in song and, in evolutionary terms, the self-fashioned beauty of birds.

The Horizon Shifts Sideways

The Horizon Shifts Sideways has arisen out of the poet’s deep engagement with the observed world. Her work displays an informed curiosity about the natural world and the creatures that inhabit it – both human and animal. With unflinching candour, it explores and challenges the ways in which our preconceptions, prejudices, memories, and self-deceptions shape our worldviews.

The Diwan of Nawid

The Diwan of Nawid is like nothing else in Australian poetry—a spiritual text of sublime beauty in which we follow the struggles, questionings, and exhortations of Nawid, a character you will come to love for the way in which he lays before us his intense search for inviolable truths. Nawid is an ‘everyman’ but with one remarkable difference—he is a first-rate poet whose work contains the devotion and open-minded sagacity of a modern-day Kabir.

—Judith Beveridge

Coming to Nothing

Within this robust and delicate collection, Morgan Yasbincek simultaneously explores and invokes a constellation of poetic voices that all, ultimately, resolve into the nothing…

The Interpretation of Cakes

The Interpretation of Cakes is like no other novel you have ever read and is one novel that you will never forget. It’s 1916…