John Foulcher

Dancing with Stephen Hawking has been shortlisted in the 2022 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards.

This collection of poems from magisterial Australian poet John Foulcher celebrates his recent transition from a busy working life in Canberra to the rural tranquility of a new home —a rescued church in a tiny village south of Braidwood.

In the transition his writing takes on new depth, new breadth, new worlds, as from that quiet corner he contemplates an extended, brooding photographic sequence first encountered in London, a brief visit to a Greek island and an even briefer trip to the moon. As always in his work: aging, death, the conundrums of faith. And the transcendent importance of a momentary frenetic boogie with a quantum physicist in a wheelchair:

. . . I thought of the atoms in my eye,

spinning and spinning, and the torrent of light

surging through me, soaking me to the bone

as I stood looking up, with my bloodied knees.

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Pitt Street Poetry was founded by Linsay and John Knight in 2012 as an imprint of the boutique publishing company Entirely Beautiful Books
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Our Sydney-based poetry imprint uses a judicious mix of traditional and contemporary technologies to publish reprints of classic Australian poetry and a selective new list, which now includes poets from Australia, the UK and the USA. Learn more.

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Our poetry books have twice won the Australian Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Poetry (in 2014 and 2017) and have won or been shortlisted for an encouraging variety of other poetry prizes.
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Finalists in the Montreal Poetry Prize

News just in: two Pitt Street Poets – John Foulcher and Anthony Lawrence – are finalists in the Montreal Poetry Prize. Warmest congrats to you both! With participants from more than 100 countries, this biennial prize is one of the world’s most keenly sought after and prestigious. At CA$20,000 it is also the richest for […]

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