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Best of Australian Poems 2021

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‘The act of writing is an aural event.’ Ania Walwicz (1951–2020)

Best of Australian Poems is a new annual anthology collecting previously published and unpublished poems to create a poetic snapshot of the year that was. Capturing the richness and diversity of Australian poetry, across a timeframe of 1 July 2020 – 30 June 2021, the series will explore how poetic responses to the contemporary moment develop with each passing year.

The book opens with an introduction by its 2021 editors, award-winning poets Ellen van Neerven and Toby Fitch. They discuss their approach to curating the ‘aural events’ of this inaugural anthology, which features 100 poems across a considered, also provocative at times, range of poetic voices, approaches and themes.

The Best of Australian Poems (BoAP) series is published by Australia’s national poetry organisation, Australian Poetry, and will feature two different guest editors each year.

ISBN: 978-0-9923189-2-5  / Page length: 246 pp  / Pub date, 1 December 2021

Publisher: Australian Poetry

Guest Editors: Ellen van Neerven, Toby Fitch

Cover and design by Sophie Gaur.

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