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Winners

2017 winner y separately published work icon Headwaters Anthony Lawrence , World Square : Pitt Street Poetry , 2016 9486641 2016 selected work poetry (taught in 1 units)
2016 winner y separately published work icon The Hazards Sarah Holland-Batt , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2015 8360380 2015 selected work poetry

'Spanning poems written in the United States, Central America, Europe and Australia, The Hazards is a dazzling and inventive new collection from award-winning poet Sarah Holland-Batt. Opening with a vision of a leveret's agonizing death by Myxomatosis and closing with a lover disappearing into dangerous waters, Holland-Batt reflects a predatory world rife with hazards both real and imagined. Her cosmopolitan poems careen through diverse geographical territory - from haunted post-colonial landscapes in Australia to brutal animal hierarchies in the cloud forests of Nicaragua, the still Danish interiors of Hammershoi and the serial killer stalking Long Island Sound - and engage everywhere with questions of violence and loss, erasure and extinction. Charged with Holland-Batt's mercurial imagination and swift lyricism, this unsettling and darkly intelligent collection inhabits an uncertain world with a questioning eye and clear mind, unafraid to veer 'straight into turbulence'.' (Publication summary)

2015 winner y separately published work icon Poems 1957 - 2013 Geoffrey Lehmann , Crawley : UWA Publishing , 2014 7248812 2014 selected work poetry

'Geoffrey Lehmann’s distinguished career as a poet culminates in this volume of collected work from 1957–2013. Displaying the breadth and depth of his poetry, Lehmann explores human nature in settings as diverse as ancient Rome and rural New South Wales, from searing satire to the domestic life of a family.' (Publisher's Blurb)

2014 winner y separately published work icon Drag Down to Unlock or Place an Emergency Call Melinda Smith , World Square : Pitt Street Poetry , 2014 7185490 2014 selected work poetry

'Melinda Smith writes with exuberance and verve in a variety of forms, old and new. She is personal, opinionated,quirky, and you never know what a poem of hers will do. It is like some firework of unknown make and provenance, spluttering into incandescent life with more than a hint of danger. Wide-eyed surprise is her metier and unsurprisingly she is often to be found in the dashing pages of Quadrant where Les Murray has encouraged just such qualities for many years. (Publication summary)

2012 winner y separately published work icon Interferon Psalms : 33 Psalms on the 99 Names of God Luke Davies , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2011 Z1795241 2011 selected work poetry
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