Shore Lines

Shore Lines (paperback)
Shore Lines (paperback)
Paperback B format 128 x 198 mm. 108 pages. Full colour cover.
ISBN 978-1-922776-06-8.
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Central to Andrew Taylor’s Shore Lines is a sequence of poems written during the bushfire season of 2019 and the subsequent Covid pandemic. During a period of national trauma, the poems find consolation in the powerful regenerative energy of the natural world. The setting of the beach suburb of Coogee reflects an ongoing interest in Australia’s coastline, which is also a central image in a number of poems that explore the poet’s childhood and family life. Several poems are obituaries for those dear to him, and others explore elements of personal and family history, including the consequences of his ancestors’ role as pioneers in the early settlement of Victoria. Many poems reflect an interest in natural phenomena such as landscape, the weather and, particularly, birds and, in the ocean, the whales that traverse the NSW and Victorian coast.

Andrew Taylor

Andrew Taylor is the author of nineteen collections of poetry, including Collected Poems (Salt UK 2004), The unhaunting (Salt UK 2009), Impossible Preludes (Margaret River Press, 2016) and Coogee Plus (Baden Press 2021 with art work by his son Travis Taylor). In 1986 he was the Asia-Pacific winner of the Commonwealth Poetry Prize. He has since won or been shortlisted for numerous national awards, and read his poetry widely in Australia, USA, Canada, Europe and Asia. Other work includes Reading Australian Poetry (UQP 1987),the libretti for two operas and translations from German and Italian.
His 1997 AM was awarded for services to literature.