Puncher & Wattmann
The Welfare of My Enemy
by Anthony Lawrence
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Too much information can be hard to swallow.
Time will often tell when leads are hard to follow.
Evidence blows away when the earth is fallow.
Some seeds take. Some graves are shallow.
Blending verse novella and book-length poem, The Welfare of My Enemy is a ground-breaking, haunted portrait of the phenomenon of Missing Persons. At times disturbing, always captivating, this new book showcases Lawrence's marvellous imagery and spellbinding rhythms in a work that highlights a dark, prevailing underside to Australian society.
Anthony Lawrence has published twelve books of poems, the most recent being Bark (UQP, 2008). He has also published a novel, In The Half Light (Picador, 2000). His work has been translated into German, Italian, Spanish, Slovenian, Ukrainian and Japanese, and has received a number of awards. He is currently working on a book of erotic poems and a new novel. He lives in Newcastle.
- Anthony Lawrence, ‘TheWelfare of My Enemy’ in Sydney Morning Herald
- Anthony Lawrence, ‘The Welfare of My Enemy’ in The Australian
- Anthony Lawrence, ‘The Welfare of My Enemy’ in Meanjin
- Anthony Lawrence, ‘The Welfare of My Enemy’ in The Australian Book Review
Reviews and information on other websites
Martin Langford, Another Year Another Crop, Meanjin 2 2013
Rae Desmond Jones, Poetry of the Great Australian Nightmare, Rochford Street Review March 27, 2012