There’s a salty, tangible quality to Wild: to read it is to be swept up into a world of sea and wind and air, of birds in flight. But in a language that is both precise and rich, Libby Hart also finds words for intangibles like loss and soul. ‘When tidings fall from his mouth I breathe anew,’ she writes: similarly, reading this collection, you’ll find yourself ‘breathing anew’, immersed in the beautiful and extraordinary landscape of these poems.
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Libby Hart is the author of two previous books of poetry, Fresh News from the Arctic and This Floating World.
Fresh News from the Arctic won the Anne Elder Award and was shortlisted for the Mary Gilmore Prize. This Floating World was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Awards and the Age Book of the Year Awards, and longlisted for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards. This Floating World was also devised for stage and received the Shelton Lea Award.
Libby has published widely in Australia and elsewhere. Her work has also featured on ABC Radio National’s Poetica program (Australia). She has won several awards and was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is a recipient of a Readings Glenfern Fellowship, Writing at Rosebank Fellowship, DJ O’Hearn Memorial Fellowship, and an Australia Council for the Arts international residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig. Additionally, Libby has held residencies at The Cill Rialaig Project, Varuna–The Writers’ House, and Palace Cinema Como to coincide with the inaugural Poetry in Film Festival.