101 Poems (2011-2021)

GP 101 Poems (2011–2021) (paperback)
GP 101 Poems (2011–2021) (paperback)
Paperback B format 128 x 198 mm. 208 pages. Full colour cover.
ISBN 978-1-922776-00-6.
Price: A$32.00
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Geoff Page’s contributions to the Australian poetry community span the country and the decades.
Twenty-four individual collections published over the last fifty years. Events, reviews, mentorships, jazz musings and a warm, benevolent influence which reaches out from Canberra to every corner of the national poetry landscape.

This selection of 101 Poems surveys some of his best poetry, from A Sudden Sentence in the Air (2011) to In medias res (PSP 2019), and offers as an encore nineteen new, previously uncollected poems, including ‘Jericho’ which won the ACU Poetry Prize in 2020.

Join us in celebrating Geoff Page as he enters his ninth decade, his witty, affable, insightful and singular voice honed to its finest edge.

In medias res

In medias res (paperback)
In medias res (paperback)
Paperback B format 128 x 198 mm. 128 pages. Full colour cover.
ISBN 978-1-922080-90-5.
Price: A$28.00
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Hard Horizons

Hard Horizons (paperback)
Hard Horizons (paperback)
Paperback B format 128 x 198 mm. 82 pages. Full colour cover.
ISBN 978-1-922080-78-3.
Price: A$28.00
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The magisterial Geoff Page’s twenty second poetry collection finds him in a contemplative mood – intimations, if not of mortality itself then certainly of a restless peace and a robust frailty. His fine eye for locality and fine ear for the vernacular are operating in full force, and the poetry ranges from the playful light verse that conjures up a broad smile to an altogether deeper mode, often reaching back into history, which might just as easily bring forth a long, deep knowing sigh.

Geoff Page

Geoff Page grew up on a cattle station on the Clarence River in northern NSW. In addition to twenty-four collections of poetry, Geoff has published two novels, five verse novels, several anthologies, two books of translation and a biography of the jazz musician, Bernie McGann. He moved to Canberra at the beginning of 1964 and retired at the end of 2001 from being head of the English Department at Narrabundah College, a position he had held since 1974. He has reviewed Australian poetry widely since 1967 and has run monthly poetry readings in Canberra continuously since 1994. His awards include the Grace Leven Prize, the Christopher Brennan Award, the Queensland Premier’s Prize for Poetry, the 2001 Patrick White Literary Award and as well as the 2017 and 2020 ACU Poetry Prize. Selections from his work have been translated into seven languages. He has read his work and spoken on Australian poetry throughout Europe and in India, Singapore, China, Korea, the United States and New Zealand.

Gods and Uncles

Gods and Uncles (paperback)
Gods and Uncles (paperback)
Paperback with French Flaps. B format 128 x 198 mm. 104 pages. Full colour cover.
ISBN 978-1-922080-50-9.
Price: A$28.00
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In his new collection the peerless, prolific Geoff Page sweeps from the leery relatives of his past to the no less cryptic deities of his future.

Call yourself a socialist?
my mother used say
whenever I was mildly mean
or stirred her up in play.

There are many wry chuckles – the existential problem of shirts, or Auden vs the indigent.

Meanwhile his bovine gods have tougher questions to answer:

Acknowledging that sentience,
I wonder what their world view holds.
Grass, high suns and reproduction?
Well-spaced cruelties, unexplained,
then more or less forgiven?

This classic collection of Page-turning poems, light and dark, wry and weary, will delight his legions of loyal fans, not least the ABC’s legendary Adelaide radio host Peter Goers, who recently declared Geoff Page ‘Australia’s finest living poet’.

Improving the News

Improving the News (paperback)
Improving the News (paperback)
Paperback with French Flaps. B format 128 x 198 mm. 106 pages. Full colour cover.
ISBN 978-1-922080-18-9.
A witty, wise twenty-first collection from an elder statesman of Australian poetry.
Price: A$25.00
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Improving the News offers meditations on coffee, country life, Casino, and Clive James. With a characteristic lively wit, supple use of metre and piercing insights, this new collection is vintage Geoff Page.