Parsing the pastoral, poetics, Petrarch and parturition.
the 2014 Prime Minister’s Literary Award
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Melinda Smith writes with exuberance and verve in a variety of forms, old and new. She is personal, opinionated,quirky, and you never know what a poem of hers will do. It is like some firework of unknown make and provenance, spluttering into incandescent life with more than a hint of danger. Wide-eyed surprise is her metier and unsurprisingly she is often to be found in the dashing pages of Quadrant where Les Murray has encouraged just such qualities for many years
About the author
Melinda Smith grew up in Orange, NSW and has lived in Canberra since 1989. She has published three books of poetry with Ginninderra Press. Her poems have appeared in magazines, newspapers and anthologies both in Australia and overseas, and have also been set to music, hung on gallery walls and appeared on ACTION buses.
She won the David Campbell prize in 2006 and in 2011 she received an artsACT New Projects Grant to complete her third book. She performs her poetry at the Poetry at the Gods readings series, blogs at www.melindasmith.wordpress.com and tweets as @MelindaLSmith.
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