UWA Publishing welcomes the return of Australia’s most gifted and prodigious poet, Francis Webb, whose work has been out of print for thirty years in collected form.
This collection of Francis Webb’s poems is the first edition to incorporate Webb’s final changes – previously ignored by editors – to several of his poems written in 1969.
Webb wrote on varied subjects: the sea, postwar Australian cities, mental illness, colonial histories as well as religious and political figures, including St Francis and Hitler. His poems are written in a range of styles, from humorous short verse to epics and radio plays.
Edited and introduced by award-winning poet Toby Davidson, this splendid collection celebrates Webb’s thirty-three-year writing career and is essential reading for everyone who believes in the importance of Australian literature.
Praise for Francis Webb Collected Poems:
Collected Poems is a book of great significance, bringing Francis Webb the poet back to us.AUSTRALIAN BOOK REVIEW
With the publication of Collected Poems, Davidson and UWA Publishing have ensured that Webb may be discovered by a new readership and that his brilliant poetry will continue to inspire new generations of readers and poets.BERNADETTE BRENNAN, SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
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