Westering is a dazzling collection. It displays a range of allusiveness, wisdom and technical skill amounting to virtuosity that calls for the right use of superlatives. Kirkpatrick endlessly surprises with profound observations enlivened with urbane and playful wit. The book is like the pleasure of intelligent conversation with a splendid host. The longer poems showcase an expansive and intricate mind; the shorter lyrics make a striking concert that will echo.
Westering is a much-awaited work from a fine poet who has been long appreciated by lovers of sophistication, clarity and wit. It’s not a book to put away on the shelf: it belongs in the room where most of the living is done. — Michael Sharkey
Peter Kirkpatrick manages with ease that most difficult triad of craft, accessibility and intelligent argument. These are poems that both delight and provoke, the laconic satire slipping under the wire of our complacencies. — Judy Johnson
Shortlisted for the 2008 Kenneth Slessor Poetry Prize
Winner of the William Baylebridge Prize
Peter Kirkpatrick is a Senior Lecturer in Australian Literature at the University of Sydney. He has published articles and poetry extensively in Australian literary journals. His first volume of poetry, Wish You Were Here was published by Five Islands Press in 1996. His poem “Westering” was runner up in the 2002 Broadway Poetry Prize, and he was the winner of the Newcastle Poetry Prize in 2004 for his poem “Bucolic Plague”.