New and Selected Poems

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Fremantle Arts Centre Press, 1998 - Literary Criticism - 288 pages
A poet of tremendous energy and imaginative richness, Philip Salom's poetry has also been characterised by a vividly, sometimes fiercely sensual responsiveness to landscapes, people and objects. This major selection from his seven previous books shows his great range and growth in stature from the physicality of the early rural poems, to the internationally acclaimed Sky Poems, and, most recently, the inventive and passionate affirmations of love in The Rome Air Naked.

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About the author (1998)

Born in 1950 in Western Australia and brought up on a dairy farm in Brunswick Junction, Philip Salom is one of Australia's most lauded poets. He has twice won the prestigious Commonwealth Poetry Prize which is awarded for the best book in the British Commonwealth. Sky Poems was the only poetry title shortlisted for The Age Book of the Year in 1987 and later won the West Australian Premier's Prize for poetry in 1988. In 1993 Feeding the Ghost was shortlisted for both the National Book Council Poetry Award and the Victorian Premier's Prize. The Rome Air Naked arose out the year he spent as the inaugural Resident in the B.R. Whiting Library Apartment in Rome, and was published by Penguin in 1996. Recently he has been working on incorporating poetry and multi-media on his web site. His latest publication New and Selected Poems was launched this year. Philip is married, teaching Creative Writing at Murdoch University, and working on three new books. Of Salom's work:

'Philip Salom's poems are proof of the power that is in the form. His subjects are more urgent than most and his technique rises to brilliance'
Michael Sharkey

' energetic, intelligent and assertive poetic personality'
The Weekend Australian

'As well as zest and sensuality, Salom has an odd, fresh range of perception'
Times Literary Supple

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