Selected Poems

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Jordie Albiston is one of Australia's most accomplished and celebrated poets, andSelected Poemspresents a keenly anticipated retrospective of her work. This significant volume offers the reader an enthralling visit to all thirteen of her critically acclaimed poetry collections--many of which have been honoured by national awards. From as far back as her 1995 debut Nervous Arcs, Albiston's work has demonstrated a trademark exploration into the liberties and constraints of form. Accompanied by a deep regard for both music and mathematics, this preoccupation has manifested itself in a delight for traditional frameworks (in particular, the sonnet), as well as the generation of new forms. 'Intelligence and feeling are pushed to extremes in Albiston's edgy poems.' -- Heather Cam,Sydney Morning Herald

'Albiston's poetry has long been fascinating to me, for her beautifully cadenced lyrics as much as for the classical elegance of her historical work.' -- Michael Sharkey, Island

'Jack & Mollie (& Her) is triumphantly experimental in both technique and content ... an important book by a leading Australian poet.' -- Geoff Page,Australian Book Review

'While [the periodic table] may seem like an unorthodox method of writing a love poem, the results are explosive.' -- Sarah Holland-Batt,The Australian

'Jordie Albiston's poems slide through linguistic associations, etymologies, histories and locations. They establish a scale that is at once both atomic and cosmic, harnessing those minutely observed details of elemental love alongside the vast, world-altering consequences of emotional and chemical states.' --Judges' Report, 2021 NSW Premier's Literary Awards