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The Salt Companion to John Tranter


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Stephen Burt

Tonal Dissonance: John Tranter's Style

Simon Perril

`Leaving this Continuum in Rags':

Tranter in the Seventies

Peter Robinson

John Tranter and Tradition

Michael Brennan

A Cautionary Reading: Contra-Indications

in the Work of John Tranter

Kate Fagan and

Murdering Alphabets, Disorienting

Peter Minter

Romance: John Tranter and

Postmodern Australian Poetics

Rod Mengham

A Note on John Tranter and the

Real Boeotia

Kate Lilley

Reading Tranter in Middle Age:

Under Berlin and The Floor of Heaven

Anne Vickery

Bourdieu at Balmain, or A Few Field

Notes on John Tranter and

Contemporary Australian Poetry

Brian Henry

Tranter's New Form(alism): The Terminal

Philip Mead

How Poetry Became Posthuman:

John Tranter's Different Hands

John Kinsella

Country Laconics: John Kinsella in

Conversation with John Tranter




Promotional Information

John Tranter is one of the finest poets writing in English today. He is also astonishingly versatile, culturally fluent, inventive and slant. Criticism struggles to keep up. But here at last is a book which is able to follow his flight path from post-war, rural Australia, through Rimbaud, O'Hara and Ashbery into his distinctive, urbane postmodernism and his experiments with computer-generated text. This deeply informed, vigorous collection ends with a major interview and a revealing set of pieces by Tranter himself. An indispensable volume for anyone interested in contemporary poetry. -- John Kerrigan As poet, anthologist and editor of Jacket, John Tranter has firmly established himself as a major figure in contemporary Australian poetry. This wide-ranging collection of essays and interviews provides a long-overdue substantial critical engagement with Tranter's poetry and an assessment of his cultural role within Australia and abroad. Anyone who wants to know what has been happening in recent Australian poetry should start here. -- Robert Hampson

About the Author

Rod Mengham lives and works in Cambridge. He has written books on Henry Green, Emily Bronte, Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy and on language and cultural history; he has also edited books on violence and the artistic imagination, and on modernist and contemporary fiction. He is the editor of the Equipage series of poetry pamphlets and co-editor and co-translator of the anthology of contemporary Polish poetry, Altered State (Arc, 2003). His own poems have been published in Unsung: New and Selected Poems (Salt, 2001) and with photographs by Marc Atkins in Parleys and Skirmishes (Ars Cameralis, 2007).

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