Walking Underwater

Walking Underwater (paperback)
Walking Underwater (paperback)
Paperback 198 x 198 mm. 208 pages. Full colour cover.
ISBN 978-1-922080-96-7.
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Through his poetry masterclasses, not least in these pandemic years, Mark Tredinnick has nurtured a rising generation of new Australian poets and poetry lovers. Now the focus returns to his own work. Walking Underwater is the first major collection of new Tredinnick poems since Bluewren Cantos (PSP 2013). Few Australian poets have received more recognition: the Cardiff and Montreal prizes and a long list of major Australian awards.

But these poems stand on their own elegant feet, independent of the track record and fame of their author. They touch, even caress, the physical world, a bush, a bird, the fleeting moment of beauty, the wounds of loss and forgiveness.

‘This is a bold, big-thinking poetry, in which ancient themes (especially the theme of our human relationship with landscape) are re-cast and re-kindled.’  – Andrew Motion

‘Mark Tredinnick is one of our great poets of place—not just of geographic place, but for the spiritual and moral landscapes as well. His are poems of vision and affirming wisdom.’  – Judith Beveridge

Mark Tredinnick

Mark Tredinnick is a celebrated poet, essayist, and teacher. His many works of poetry and prose include A Gathered Distance, Almost Everything I Know, Egret in a Ploughed Field, Bluewren Cantos, Fire Diary, The Blue Plateau, and The Little Red Writing Book. For twenty-five years, he’s taught poetry and expressive writing at the University of Sydney, where he was poet in residence in 2018. His many honours include two of the world’s foremost poetry prizes, the Montreal and the Cardiff. In 2020, Tredinnick was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for services to literature and education.


Fire Diary (second edition)

Fire Diary, 2nd edition (paperback)
Fire Diary, 2nd edition (paperback)
Paperback with French Flaps. 198 x 198 mm. 124 pages. Full colour cover.
ISBN 978-1-922080-30-1.
Price: A$25.00
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‘Mark Tredinnick’s much-anticipated first collection of poetry, Fire Diary, is an examination of place and how to respond to it. The title provides a clue to the form of the book; many poems chart the daily exigencies of living within nature. More importantly, the collection explores the moods and aspirations of the self, of a person grappling with meaning in life, and with language itself. In the title poem, Tredinnick argues, ‘Fire is the madness / in us all’, a Heraclitan take on the element; fire becomes the metaphor for creativity, passion, and contradiction. Yet Tredinnick’s motives are not wholly earnest. His intent is often playful and suggestive, as when he says in ‘Song of (Someone Like) My Self’, a riposte to Whitman’s grandiose ‘Song of Myself’: ‘I’m just a small metaphor / for the world hereabouts.’ Informality is a key element in Tredinnick’s use of language; ‘hereabouts’ strikes just the right note in its implication of place that is both personal and general enough to be any place.’

– Brendan Ryan, Australian Book Review

Bluewren Cantos

Bluewren Cantos (paperback)
Bluewren Cantos (paperback)
Paperback with French Flaps. 198 x 198 mm. 154 pages. Full colour cover.
ISBN 978-1-922080-32-5.
Price: A$30.00
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Pitt Street Poetry is proud to welcome Mark Tredinnick to our imprint with his second poetry collection Bluewren Cantos, launched in Sydney on Friday 20th December 2013.

A big book physically – 154 pages – designed in a square format to accommodate the poet’s distinctive use of line length.   And a big book poetically, a survey of his work over the past five years, clustered around two ideas: nature near at hand, and the daily music of things.

Bluewren Cantos includes the award-winning poems ‘The Wombat Vedas’ (Newcastle Prize 2011) and ‘Margaret River Sestets’ (Cardiff International Poetry Prize 2012).