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Martin Langford

Martin Langford has written seven books of poetry, including Ground (2015), The Human Project: New and Selected Poems (P&W, 2009), and is the editor of Harbour City Poems: Sydney in Verse 1788-2008 (P&W, 2009). He has had a long-term involvement in the organization of poetry events, has directed the Australian Poetry Festival three times, and is the Deputy Chair of Australian Poetry Ltd. He is the poetry reviewer for Meanjin.

In 1995, he was the joint editor, with P. Boyle and M. Bradstock, of Midday Horizons, a ‘poets choice’-style anthology of Australian poems. In 2004, with John Muk Muk Burke, he edited Ngara, a collection of essays and poems concerned with ways of imagining Australia, and of how we might interact with it as country. In Microtexts (Island 2005), a book of aphorism and condensed argument about poetics, he argued for the engagement with the other that poetry can offer, and against the enlargement obsessions of our standard narratives. In 2009, he edited Harbour City Poems: Sydney in Verse 1788-2008 (Puncher & Wattmann).

Langford’s new collection is a meditation on the nature and evolution of Australian spaces, exploring the tension between our enlargement narratives, and the need to resist them by acknowledging the others with whom we interact. 

Thematically, he is interested in the way we try to imagine ourselves beyond our biological inheritance, and in the evolution of our social and imaginative spaces. He lives on the northern outskirts of Sydney, and the landscape of that area often features in his work.

“a poetry at once tough and musical . . . and a mind that can think to the point of revelation within its chosen figures or images.” (Judith Beveridge)

“…equal to anything now being written in Australia,”

—Brian Purcell, Five Bells;

“one of Australia’s foremost poets. . . a truly visionary poet” 

—Andy Kissane

 “here is a poet who convinces us that poetry matters”

—Peter Kirkpatrick


Puncher and Wattmann titles by Martin Langford
The Human Project: New & Selected Poems




Puncher and Wattmann titles edited by Martin Langford
Contemporary Australian Poetry


Harbour City Poems: Sydney in Verse 1788 - 2008


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