101 Poems (2018)
This selection offers among the finest of Anthony Lawrence’s poems, selected from fifteen books of poetry published over the last thirty years. During that period Lawrence has become the pre-eminent Australian poet of his generation, a distinctive, distilled voice of passion and protest.
Awarding him the 2017 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Poetry for his most recent collection Headwaters, the judges commented: ‘Lawrence is a forensic observer of the animal and human worlds and a profound translator of that lived experience into the “unfenced shires” of language.’
B format paperback 198 x128 mm.
Full colour cover. 240 pp
Winner of the 2017 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Poetry.
Read the Judges’ Comments here
Launched by Mark Roberts at the Newcastle Writers Festival on Saturday 2nd April 2016 at 3.30pm.
Read Mark’s launch remarks here at Rochford Street Review
Launched by David Malouf at Gleebooks Saturday April 16 2016 at 4pm
Headwaters marries an extraordinary gift for observation of the natural world and an exquisite
appreciation of human creatureliness with marvellous linguistic precision to create a singular, life-affirming music.
Anthony Lawrence’s stature as one of Australia’s leading poets was recognised in 2015 with the coveted Philip Hodgins medal, and is regularly reinforced by his many victories in poetry competitions: the inaugural Judith Wright Calanthe Award, the Gwen Harwood, the Blake, the Kenneth Slessor, the Peter Porter, and most recently the prestigious 2015 Newcastle Poetry Prize, his third.
Yet it is not his prizes we cherish, but the essence of his poetry:
Two shot glasses, lit from within
by sixteen year old Lagavulin.
A lemon tree, cut back with the imprecision
only a bread knife can bring
to organic joinery.
Headwaters is the sixteenth collection from a widely revered poet writing at the height of his passions.
Find yourself a shot glass, take a seat, and take a shot.
ISBN 978-1-922080-60-8. 92 pages.
B-format paperback. 198 x 128mm.
Full colour cover with French flaps.
Cover woodcut by Julie Manning
About the author
Anthony Lawrence, born 1957, in Tamworth, New South Wales, has published fifteen books of poetry and his work has won many of Australia’s most prestigious awards. He teaches Writing Poetry at Griffith University on the Gold Coast.