The Stars Like Sand: Australian Speculative Poetry

I recently received my contributor’s copy of a pretty special book. NZ poet Tim Jones has paired up with Australian poet P.S. Cottier to edit The Stars Like Sand: Australian Speculative Poetry, and they’ve done a sterling job.

I was truly impressed to see some of the included names in the anthology’s contents pages. There are poems from Alan Gould, John Tranter, Judith Beveridge, Luke Davies, Dorothy Porter, Dorothy Hewitt, Les Murray and even Banjo Paterson, just to name eight!

I only have one small criticism: where is John Kinsella? He has at least two volumes of poetry that I can think of which deal with speculative themes. Surely some of the poems from his collection Visitants are beautifully suited for this anthology?

Anyway, I’m very pleased to have been included in such esteemed company. Why not come along to the Sydney launch on the 23rd of July? I’ll be there to read my poem Others.

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4 comments on “The Stars Like Sand: Australian Speculative Poetry

  1. pscottier says:

    Thanks Benjamin, and I look forward to seeing you in a couple of weeks.

    There were just so many poems to choose from, both submitted to us and found by research, and we had to make some very difficult choices.

    Glad you like the book!

  2. Thanks, Benjamin! Sadly, there were just so many excellent poems – and poets – that we were unable to include – such is the lot of the anthologiser.

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