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  • Author:agent Laurie Duggan http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/duggan-laurie
Issue Details: First known date: 2020... 2020 Homer Street
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'A leading figure in Australian poetry, Laurie Duggan has been long celebrated for his vividly sensed observations of everyday life and his minimal and urbane style. This is his first publication with Giramondo.

'Laurie Duggan’s new collection begins with poems written during his last year in Britain, in Faversham, a market town in east Kent, with others written on a visit to Australia in 2016 and after his return in October 2018. They contribute to two ongoing sequences, ‘Allotments’, and ‘Blue Hills’, which alludes to the long-running domestic radio serial of the same name. These are made up of the brief haiku-like poems that Duggan has made his own: impressions, mysterious conjunctions, oddities and contradictions, the small details that express large forces, as in his observations of the landscape, the weather, domestic and suburban settings. In the final section, ‘Afterimages’, Duggan offers descriptions of paintings and comments on artists, and sometimes imaginary constructions of what a particular artist might have done, but the real point is to create poems which stand like art works in their own right.' (Publication summary)

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    • Artarmon, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Giramondo Publishing , 2020 .
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      • Published : May 2020

      ISBN: 9781925818468

Works about this Work

A Rich Crop From a Lean Year Martin Langford , 2021 single work review
— Appears in: Meanjin , Winter vol. 80 no. 2 2021;

— Review of Many Such as She : Victorian Australian Women Poets of World War One 2018 anthology poetry biography ; The Munchian O Meredith Wattison , 2020 selected work poetry ; Yuiquimbiang Louise Crisp , 2019 selected work poetry ; Homer Street Laurie Duggan , 2020 selected work poetry ; Guwayu — For All Times 2020 anthology poetry ; Detroit and Selected Poems Philip Hammial , 2018 selected work poetry
Laurie Duggan : Homer Street; Selected Poems: 1971 – 2017 Martin Duwell , 2020 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Poetry Review , no. 15 2020;

— Review of Homer Street Laurie Duggan , 2020 selected work poetry ; Selected Poems 1971-2017 Laurie Duggan , 2018 selected work poetry

'An earlier book, Leaving Here, was built around Laurie Duggan’s move to England in 2006. Homer Street is a kind of counterpart, being based on final poems in England before a return to Australia at the end of 2018. The first of its three sections is a farewell to England in the form of a valedictory poem, fittingly called, for such a visual poet, “A Closing Album” and a set of additions to his English-based series, “Allotments”. This structure (and structure is one of the things I will focus on in this brief review) is repeated in the second section where an initial poem, “Six Notes for John Forbes”, is followed by a set of additions to the Australian equivalent of “Allotments”, “Blue Hills”. The third section is an anthology of poems about painters, “not strictly ekphrastic works” as a note at the end says, but reflecting in their variety of approaches something of Duggan’s larger methods which have always involved a variety of responses to the world itself.' (Introduction)

'The Effect of Atmosphere : More Miniatures from and Anti-bardic Poet Tim Wright , 2020 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , September no. 424 2020; (p. 53)

— Review of Homer Street Laurie Duggan , 2020 selected work poetry

'In all of his books, Laurie Duggan has tended to avoid the ‘well-formed poem’. His poems are not of the kind that unroll like carpets: replete with interconnected images, sonic patterning, argument. A large part of his poetic approach emerges from an attempt to not speak over what is already there, or, as he writes in one poem, to ‘not neutralise / the effect of atmosphere’. This might be described as permitting the incidental, letting things in, but it’s also – Duggan being a self-described minimalist – much to do with omission. The model his oeuvre provides is one that prioritises listening (and looking) over speaking, and in that sense it is anti-bardic. ‘The poem’ as a discrete object is often, and almost entirely within this collection, given over to the series, allowing Duggan to retain qualities of the short lyric while building long-form structures whose rhythms become apparent over years or, in the case of ‘Blue Hills’, over decades.' (Introduction)

'The Effect of Atmosphere : More Miniatures from and Anti-bardic Poet Tim Wright , 2020 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , September no. 424 2020; (p. 53)

— Review of Homer Street Laurie Duggan , 2020 selected work poetry

'In all of his books, Laurie Duggan has tended to avoid the ‘well-formed poem’. His poems are not of the kind that unroll like carpets: replete with interconnected images, sonic patterning, argument. A large part of his poetic approach emerges from an attempt to not speak over what is already there, or, as he writes in one poem, to ‘not neutralise / the effect of atmosphere’. This might be described as permitting the incidental, letting things in, but it’s also – Duggan being a self-described minimalist – much to do with omission. The model his oeuvre provides is one that prioritises listening (and looking) over speaking, and in that sense it is anti-bardic. ‘The poem’ as a discrete object is often, and almost entirely within this collection, given over to the series, allowing Duggan to retain qualities of the short lyric while building long-form structures whose rhythms become apparent over years or, in the case of ‘Blue Hills’, over decades.' (Introduction)

Laurie Duggan : Homer Street; Selected Poems: 1971 – 2017 Martin Duwell , 2020 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Poetry Review , no. 15 2020;

— Review of Homer Street Laurie Duggan , 2020 selected work poetry ; Selected Poems 1971-2017 Laurie Duggan , 2018 selected work poetry

'An earlier book, Leaving Here, was built around Laurie Duggan’s move to England in 2006. Homer Street is a kind of counterpart, being based on final poems in England before a return to Australia at the end of 2018. The first of its three sections is a farewell to England in the form of a valedictory poem, fittingly called, for such a visual poet, “A Closing Album” and a set of additions to his English-based series, “Allotments”. This structure (and structure is one of the things I will focus on in this brief review) is repeated in the second section where an initial poem, “Six Notes for John Forbes”, is followed by a set of additions to the Australian equivalent of “Allotments”, “Blue Hills”. The third section is an anthology of poems about painters, “not strictly ekphrastic works” as a note at the end says, but reflecting in their variety of approaches something of Duggan’s larger methods which have always involved a variety of responses to the world itself.' (Introduction)

A Rich Crop From a Lean Year Martin Langford , 2021 single work review
— Appears in: Meanjin , Winter vol. 80 no. 2 2021;

— Review of Many Such as She : Victorian Australian Women Poets of World War One 2018 anthology poetry biography ; The Munchian O Meredith Wattison , 2020 selected work poetry ; Yuiquimbiang Louise Crisp , 2019 selected work poetry ; Homer Street Laurie Duggan , 2020 selected work poetry ; Guwayu — For All Times 2020 anthology poetry ; Detroit and Selected Poems Philip Hammial , 2018 selected work poetry
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