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2020 winner y separately published work icon Carte Blanche Thom Sullivan , Sydney : Vagabond Press , 2019 14815995 2019 selected work poetry

'Thom Sullivan’s debut collection of poems, Carte Blanche, traverses the exactitudes of place and time – from a distinctively Australian suburbia, to farming landscapes in South Australia’s Mount Lofty Ranges, to Australia’s renowned Great Ocean Road, and the interior terrains of consciousness and perception. The poems are memorable, succinct in their expression, precise in their effect, and notable for their innovative use of syntax and punctuation. Carte Blanche is a collection of poems that’s finely realised and keenly felt.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2019 winner y separately published work icon That Sight Marjon Mossammaparast , Melbourne : Cordite Press , 2018 14214767 2018 selected work poetry
2018 winner y separately published work icon Rallying Quinn Eades , Crawley : UWA Publishing , 2017 10716577 2017 selected work poetry

'Rallying was written alongside Quinn Eades’s first book, all the beginnings: a queer autobiography of the body, and before he began transitioning from female to male. A collection very much concerned with the body, and the ways in which we create and write under, around, without, and with children, this collection will resonate deeply with anyone who has tried to make creative work from underneath the weight of love. This is a collection of poems that are more than poems. They were written with children, under babies, around grief, amongst crumbs, on trains, with hope: with love. This is a book made of steel and honey, muscle and sun, with tongues. Open its pages and you will find more than poetry. You will find moments in time strung across by text, a poetics of the space between bodies, the way that language makes us separate and simultaneously whole.' (Publication summary)

2017 winner y separately published work icon False Nostalgia Aden Rolfe , Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2016 9313458 2016 selected work poetry

'False Nostalgia is rare among poetry collections, a work which is both lyrical and philosophical. It explores the way memory works, and the role memory plays in our sense of identity, and what we take to be the significant moments in our lives – the relationship between what we remember and the stories we tell about ourselves. Through stand-alone poems, exploratory poetic sequences, and essays which read like extended prose poems, Rolfe considers the complex connections between experience and recollection, the drive to document the moment, the fear of forgetting, the power of nostalgia, and the creative unreliability of memory itself. He approaches his subjects from oblique angles, evoking feelings of connection and disconnection, the experience of never quite grasping your own understanding of things. The poems place the reader in half-remembered places – on beaches walked during holidays, in festival gatherings and forests, film screenings and auction houses – asking not only what it means to look back fondly on a second-rate experience, but what it means to look forward to looking back on a moment while you’re still living through it.' (Source: Publisher's website)

2014 winner y separately published work icon Even in the Dark Rose Lucas , Crawley : UWA Publishing , 2013 6151551 2013 selected work poetry

'In a collection evoking luminescent images, poet Rose Lucas explores nature and beauty, love and travel. Even in the Dark contains delicate poems of the lives of women and the exquisite beauty contained in the act of observation. The entire lifespan is present here, in vitro to the final hours, developing and then ageing bodies captured in whisps of lovely images, images that also contain danger and risk. In this, her first volume of poetry, Lucas has distilled years of writing into an impressive selection.' (Publisher's blurb)

2012 winner y separately published work icon Knuckled Fiona Wright , Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2011 Z1808972 2011 selected work poetry The poems in Knuckled range from the flooded towns of the Snowy Mountains to the burnt-out landscape of Victoria to the holiday beaches of coastal NSW. A sequence set in Sri Lanka compares the poet's and her grandfather's different experiences of Asia - other poems pursue this experience in Cambodia, Vietnam and Indonesia. But it is the suburbs of Western Sydney, where the poet grew up and now works, that is her particular territory, with its mixture of voices and perspectives rendered all the more intensely for the compression and understatement with which they are presented. Knuckled is Wright's first collection of poetry. [From the publisher]
2010 winner y separately published work icon The Summer King: Poems Joanna Preston , Dunedin : University of Otago Press , 2009 Z1678710 2009 selected work poetry
2008 winner y separately published work icon Sweeping the Light Back into the Mirror Nathan Shepherdson , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2006 Z1308396 2006 selected work poetry
2006 winner y separately published work icon Blister Pack David McCooey , Cambridge : Salt Publishing , 2005 Z1178648 2005 selected work poetry
2004 winner y separately published work icon Imageless World Michael Brennan , Applecross : Salt Publishing , 2003 Z1093224 2003 selected work poetry
2002 winner y separately published work icon Duty Geraldine McKenzie , St Leonards : Paper Bark Press , 2001 Z935613 2001 selected work poetry
2000 winner y separately published work icon Memory Shell Lucy Dougan , Wollongong : Five Islands Press , 1998 Z428890 1998 selected work poetry
1998 winner y separately published work icon The Wild Reply Emma Lew , Fitzroy North : Black Pepper , 1997 Z141777 1997 selected work poetry
1997 winner y separately published work icon Night Reversing Morgan Yasbincek , South Fremantle : Fremantle Press , 1996 Z225143 1996 selected work poetry
1996 winner Nervous Arcs Jordie Albiston , 1995 selected work poetry
— Appears in: The Body in Time / Nervous Arcs 1995; (p. 1-109)
1995 winner y separately published work icon Coming Up for Light Aileen Kelly , Chadstone : Pariah Press , 1994 Z337316 1994 selected work poetry
1994 winner Now Millennium Deborah Staines , 1993 selected work poetry
— Appears in: Poems From the Madhouse [and] Now Millennium 1993; (p. 77-124)
1993 winner y separately published work icon The Mask and the Jagged Star Jill Jones , Melbourne Christchurch : Hazard Press , 1992 Z77362 1992 selected work poetry
1991 winner y separately published work icon Verandahs Jean Kent , Sydney : Hale and Iremonger , 1990 Z441038 1990 selected work poetry
1990 winner y separately published work icon In the Name of the Father Kristopher Saknussemm , Melbourne : False Frontier Press , 1988 Z238610 1988 selected work poetry
1989 winner y separately published work icon The Rearrangement Alex Skovron , Carlton : Melbourne University Press , 1988 Z494673 1988 selected work poetry
1988 winner y separately published work icon The Domesticity of Giraffes Judith Beveridge , Wentworth Falls : Black Lightning Press , 1987 Z364451 1987 selected work poetry
1987 winner y separately published work icon Boy with a Telescope Jan Owen , North Ryde : Angus and Robertson , 1986 Z389398 1986 selected work poetry
1986 winner y separately published work icon A Crowd of Voices Stephen J. Williams , Kew : Pariah Press , 1985 Z400571 1985 selected work poetry short story
1985 winner y separately published work icon The Truth about Unicorns Doris Brett , Milton : Jacaranda Press , 1984 Z363622 1984 selected work poetry