New Voices: Selected Poems from North Eastern Writers Inc
Sharon Kernot, Ken Vincent
Ginninderra Press, 2010 - Australian poetry - 90 pages
'New Voices is a vibrant and varied collection of poems certain to entertain and inform its readers. Well-known poets, such as Steve Evans, Mike Ladd, Cathy Young, Jules Leigh Koch and Louise Nicholas, are published beside rising stars Ken Vincent, Helen Lindstrom, Sharon Kernot, Gary MacRae and others. W.H. Auden said, 'As a rule, a sign that a beginner has a genuine original talent is that he[/she] is more interested in playing with words than in saying something...' In NEW VOICES, poets play with skill and abandon as they roll words along tricky mazes and toss language in the air - the oft-published alongside the first published, all juggling their own truths and observations to the music of poetry. Yes, there is something circus-like about New Voices. The ring holds many stories and performers, including a cantankerous old dog, an articulate fish, a troupe of ants, even Leonard Cohen. There's also a talking tree, a disappearing nightie and a tube full of agony, along with master chefs and the lives and deaths of people just like you and me - even the death of the apostrophe. This is contemporary poetry at its best, speaking in new voices.' - Jude Aquilina
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