the 2014 Prime Minister’s Literary Award
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.
Goodbye, Cruel is divided into five sections. An important extended sequence, as the title implies, is an exploration of the often taboo subject of self-destruction. Another communes with the work of Rabi’a Balkhi, the first female poet to write in the Persian language.
The collection was launched by John Foulcher at the Newcastle Writers Festival on Saturday 8th April 2017
Read the launch speech in full at the Rochford Street Review.
Goodbye, Cruel is also the subject of a recent Verity La poetry podcast.
And you can listen to the poet read two poems here, as part of the Australian Book Review States of Poetry anthology.
B format paperback. 128 x 198 mm. Full colour cover
ISBN 978-1-922080-76-9. 110 pages.
Drag down to unlock or place an emergency call
This is the collection which won the Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Poetry in 2014. The judges’ citation read:
Readers of Drag Down to Unlock or Place an Emergency Call will be rewarded by a book full of unexpected and richly varied pleasures.
There are poems with a lightness of touch, and a self-deprecating tone, but there are also poems that deal with more serious matters. There are skillfully rhymed poems, haikus and highly experimental free verse.
From its range of technique and tone to its depth of ideas, imagery and emotion, this collection announces the arrival of a major new poet.’
B format paperback. 128 x 198 mm. Full colour cover.
ISBN 978-1-922080-22-6. 77 pages.
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About the author
Melinda Smith won the Australian Prime Minister’s Literary Award for her fourth book of poems Drag down to unlock or place an emergency call (Pitt St Poetry 2013). Her work has been widely anthologised both inside and outside Australia and has been translated into Indonesian, Chinese, Burmese and Italian. She is currently poetry editor of the Canberra Times.