Time Taken encompasses a selection of work from Les Wicks’ 14 previous books. For 50 years he has performed widely in Australia & internationally. Published/broadcast in over 400 different channels, magazines, anthologies & newspapers across 35 countries in 15 languages. Stylistically, the poet sits between camps. Seen as both a “stage” and “page” poet, his work is a mix of accessibility and dense use of language.
This book contains links to live performance, multilingual work plus music/AV collaborations. As a poet with a firm focus on content this collection eschews the traditional chronological structure in favour of a theme-based exposition.
Belief is a major contribution to Australian poetry, and an important commentary on contemporary being. …strong and brave, gentle, angry and broken. It tells the truth.
—Judith Nangala Crispin
…assembles an amazing cast of people in recognisable often dark places. With fine detail, their domestic & working lives are brilliantly portrayed.
self-aware, debonair, generous, weary, even despondent, yet never despairing.
varied, nimble, humane, wry & well timed
…because his eye is withering and direct, Wicks gives his subjects a dignity and specificity that many a contemporary Australian novelist would envy.
“Time Taken, the New and Selected Poems of Les Wicks, marks a poetic golden anniversary and samples from some fourteen previous volumes…sometimes so whip-smart that he risks but mostly avoids trailing into the smart-arsery of a less empathic writer…This volume is both an accomplishment and an entertainment and, like all good provocations, prompts you to examine your own views.”
PAUL SCULLY, TEXT