Australian Poetry Library

The Australian Poetry Library is a nice idea; in fact, I’ve got a feeling I may have invented this myself and presented the ideas at the Sydney Poetry Festival a few years ago. Anyway, the idea of accessing some contemporary Australian poetry from a central portal, particularly for English teachers wanting to work with these poems with students, is essentially good. And that does seem to be the focus of this site, perhaps along with the general reader looking for a good Australian poem about happiness, for example.

However, this version  has caused some controversy with some poets (like Laurie Duggan) not happy with how it’s rolled out and the communication around all that. Fair enough too, and I’m not all that impressed with the range and the green curtains either. But it’s a great start, and in the tradition of the Academy of American Poets. That’s something to build towards!

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