On First Looking publishes poems by student writers at Avondale College of Higher Education alongside work by some of Australia’s best contemporary poets. It is the fifth volume in a project which has run over the last decade, and like the books it follows, this anthology introduces a diverse range of poetic voices and places them within the context of a wider poetic community. With a nod in homage to John Keats’ poem, ‘On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer’, this collection celebrates a long tradition of connections between writers. It is a unique showcase for work by new and mature poets, all of them united
by poetry’s gift of bringing us the world as if it has been looked at for the very first time.