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2012 winner y separately published work icon Taller When Prone Les Murray , Melbourne : Black Inc. , 2010 Z1679100 2010 selected work poetry 'Taller When Prone is Les Murray's first volume of new poems since 2006's The Biplane Houses. With characteristic grace and dexterity, these poems combine a mastery of form with a matchless ear for the Australian vernacular. Many evoke rural life here and abroad - its rhythms and rituals, the natural world, the landscape and the people who have shaped it. There are traveller's tales, elegies, meditative fragments and satirical sketches. Above all there is Murray's astonishing versatility, on display here at its exhilarating best.' (From the publisher's website.)
2010 winner y separately published work icon The Other Way Out Bronwyn Lea , Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2008 Z1549407 2008 selected work poetry
2008 winner y separately published work icon Urban Myths : 210 Poems : New and Selected John Tranter , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2006 Z1268860 2006 selected work poetry (taught in 4 units)

'Urban Myths: 210 Poems brings the best work to date from a poet considered one of the most original of his generation in Australia, together with a generous selection of new work. Smart, wry and very stylish, John Tranter’s poems investigate the vagaries of perception and the ability of language to converge life, imagination and art so that we arrive, unexpectedly, at the deepest human mysteries.' (Publication summary)

2006 winner y separately published work icon Totem : Totem Poem Plus 40 Love Poems Totem : Totem Poem Plus Forty Love Poems Luke Davies , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2004 Z1122290 2004 selected work poetry
2004 winner y separately published work icon Wild Surmise Dorothy Porter , Sydney : Picador , 2002 Z982831 2002 single work novel (taught in 6 units)

'Alex Leefson is astronomy's glamour girl, in love with the satellite Europa and the equally unreachable Phoebe. Meanwhile, her husband Daniel mourns the demise of his marriage and his life. Full of Dorothy Porter's customary bite and sensuality, Wild Surmise is an engrossing duet between two passionately estranged voices. An intensely moving verse novel of passions and vulnerabilities, love and death.' (Publication summary)

2002 winner y separately published work icon Around Here Cath Kenneally , Kent Town : Wakefield Press , 1999 Z126196 1999 selected work poetry

'Cath Kenneally's poetry is unique: confident, discursive, witty writing driven by intuition and association and a doubting, quick intelligence. With a focus ever-shifting between local, global, present and past, familial and political, Cath draws you into her world with a compelling combination of emotional intensity and clearsightedness.' (Publication summary)

2000 winner y separately published work icon The Harbour Dimitris Tsaloumas , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 1998 Z555132 1998 selected work poetry

'From haiku to elegy, these poems move from the Greek Islands to suburban Australia and on to the timeless plains of the imagination. When the brilliant and haunting sequence poem Six Improvisations on the River was first published in England in 1995, it was described as 'weaving into the fabric of history a place for the artist as visionary.'' (Publication summary)

1998 winner y separately published work icon The Blue Cloud of Crying Peter Boyle , Sydney : Hale and Iremonger , 1997 Z197117 1997 selected work poetry
1996 winner y separately published work icon The Silo : A Pastoral Symphony : Poems John Kinsella , South Fremantle : Fremantle Press , 1995 Z509195 1995 selected work poetry
1994 winner y separately published work icon Between Glances Andrew Lansdown , Port Melbourne : Heinemann Australia , 1993 Z436747 1993 selected work poetry

'“Lansdown uses words with masterly precision to paint things as we have not previously seen them, but as we may be tempted to see them henceforth.”

Rod Moran, Fremantle Arts Review

“At his best Lansdown is able to suggest very deftly and concisely the so-called ‘thisness’ of things …”

Geoff Page, Canberra Times

“No Australian poet is so often moved to celebrate as Andrew Lansdown is. His work brims with tenderness, wonder and joy, all qualities which are in short supply in the modern world of which he is an acute observer. Beneath his gaze common objects and every-day encounters glow with spiritual significance. Lansdown has few superiors as a technician: his use of sound in these poems is as striking as is their variety of form. This, his sixth and strongest collection, will enhance his growing reputation.” – Les Murray' (Publication summary)

1992 winner y separately published work icon Last Poems Vincent Buckley , Ringwood : McPhee Gribble , 1991 Z175938 1991 selected work poetry satire humour
1990 winner y separately published work icon Bone Scan Gwen Harwood , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1988 Z527016 1988 selected work poetry
1988 winner y separately published work icon The Daylight Moon : Poems Les Murray , North Ryde : Angus and Robertson , 1987 Z384668 1987 selected work poetry
1986 winner y separately published work icon Selected Poems 1963-1983 Robert Gray , North Ryde : Angus and Robertson , 1985 Z264699 1985 selected work poetry