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Books of poetry by John Tranter
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Ten Sonnets
Sydney: Vagabond Press Rare Objects Series, 2013. 20pp, paperback. Rare Object No 90, no ISBN. Vagabond’s Internet site:

Launched by John Frow at Gleebooks, 49 Glebe Point Road, Sydney, at 4 pm on Sunday 29 September 2013. See 25 photos from the launch here.

Here’s a [link] to a broadside version of one of the poems, ‘747 Sonnet’, originally published by Squircle Line Press in Singapore, at

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Starlight: 150 poems
St Lucia, Queensland: University of Queensland Press, 2010. 214pp, paperback. ISBN-9780702238451
UQP’s Internet site:

Awards: * the 2011 Queensland State Literary Award for poetry

* the 2011 Age Book of the Year award for poetry

‘Radical revisions, mistranslations and multilingual dealings: in «Starlight», John Tranter destroys and rebuilds work by poets including Baudelaire, Mallarmé, Ashbery and T.S. Eliot. The back story of modern poetry is vigorously interrogated, though the narratives are contemporary and the action takes place in the arena of the here and now. The atmosphere crackles with colloquial energy and the dialogue undercuts itself with a dry wit. Tranter’s restless craft is evident in the service of a complex and free-ranging style in this brilliantly playful collection.’
       Well, that’s what the publisher says.
       You can read ten poems from «Starlight: 150 Poems» on this site, here.

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Urban Myths: 210 poems: New and Selected
St Lucia, Queensland: University of Queensland Press, 2006. 322pp, paperback. ISBN-9780702235573
UQP’s Internet site:

Publisher’s cover blurb: «Urban Myths: 210 Poems» brings the best work to date from a poet considered one of the most original of his generation in Australia, together with a generous selection of new work. Smart, wry and very stylish, John Tranter’s poems investigate the vagaries of perception and the ability of language to converge life, imagination and art so that we arrive, unexpectedly, at the deepest human mysteries.

«Urban Myths» has been awarded:

 — The 2006 Victorian state award for poetry

 — The 2007 New South Wales state award for poetry

 — The 2008 South Australian state award for poetry, and

 — The 2008 South Australian Premier’s Prize for the best book overall (which includes fiction, non-fiction, poetry and others for the years 2006 and 2007).

No other book of poetry has been so popular with the judges of so many different state awards. From the Victorian Premier’s Prize for Poetry judges’ report (judges: The C J Dennis Prize for Poetry: Judith Rodriguez [Convenor], Emma Lew and Rodney Hall):

The new and uncollected poems in John Tranter’s «Urban Myths» make a significant addition to his oeuvre. Control and ease are evident in the writing, which displays personages, occasions and moods of the metropolitan modern world. Tranter’s latest poems refresh through the exercise of urbane skills: this is a poet suave and playful, but never aloof; linguistically various, assured in style, and never less than fully attentive.

From the New South Wales Kenneth Slessor Prize for poetry judges’ report (judges: Martin Harrison [chair], Kate Lilley, Kathleen Stewart):

This generous collection of 210 poems takes in the whole of John Tranter’s dazzling career including fifty new and uncollected poems as virtuosic as anything that precedes them. These final pages demonstrate the continuously innovative and international character of Tranter’s poetry, as well as its finely tuned responsiveness to the particularities of Australian idiom and experience. In Tranter’s hands, poetry, and language itself, is never straightforward but always a matter of delight and critical inquiry. Tranter’s devastating wit has evolved over time, but the daring and implicit humour of the enterprise has been constant. Combining tremendous technical fluency with a restless, experimental drive, Tranter delves into ‘popular mysteries’ and iconic characters, the irony of the everyday and ‘the vernacular of the shopping channel’. Tranter’s seemingly effortless command of the resources of form, speech, character and story, energizes his poetry and stimulates his readers, counterbalancing the melancholy of ‘grief, in small allotments’ with the ‘gift factory’ of poetic invention.’

The South Australian John Bray Poetry Award judges’ report (judges: Nicholas Jose [chair], Stephen Lawrence, Jan Owen):

Complex and sophisticated, this collection reflects the protean nature of mind, its amplitude and resilience. The poems are linguistically and intellectually sinuous and move with mercurial speed. Society is scrutinized, sardonically challenged and affirmed, and the self is part of the kaleidoscopic spill of surfaces and angles. Different voices and planes play together into the improvised melodies of jazz; characterisation, observation and memory produce haunting, dissonant chords. The poems are complex, tough and cheeky even as they are fluid and exalting. The mood can be edgy and dark, or lighter in tone, witty to downright funny, often with a cinematic or surreal video-clip quality. The later poems, particularly, use dislocation and randomness to create compelling otherworlds of words.

Other critical responses:

Tranter has produced a body of work remarkable for its intellectual vitality, formal versatility, and powers of renewal over a long and formidable career.

 — Peter Pierce, «The Melbourne Age», July 15, 2006.

This new and selected poems reminds us, if we needed reminding, just how powerful John Tranter’s cumulated work is. There is a density, an intensity, and a many-sided explorativeness that probably cannot be matched in Australian poetry. Surprisingly, at 210 poems, it is a comparatively small book and has been pretty ruthlessly selected, but there is no doubting the size of its author’s achievement.

 — Martin Duwell, «Australian Book Review» August 2006, page 41

You can download a free, read-only PDF file of the first half of the book here: Urban Myths: 523 pages.

You can also read 100 pages of [»] notes to the book on this site, and you can order the printed and bound version of the book direct from [»] the publisher.

The Floor of Heaven
Sydney: Jacket Press, 2007
in association with the University of Queensland Press. 132pp, paperback. ISBN 9780975698006

The Floor of Heaven, Jacket Press edition, front cover

‘A rattling good read’  — John Ashbery, launching the book in Melbourne, Australia

‘«The Floor of Heaven» is a tour de force, a devious and profoundly subversive conjuring trick by a poet writing at the peak of his powers… the book pulses with a curious resonance… reminded me irresistibly of the best moments in «Twin Peaks»… a strange lyricism.’
 — Andrew Riemer, «Sydney Morning Herald»

‘...It is a sentimentality which has always lurked beneath the surface of Tranter’s work, a crudity of feeling that gives many of his early poems the glazed, dated air of 70s airport lounges.’
 — Alison Croggon, ABC Radio National «Books and Writing», 8 November 1992.

You can read a free [»] PDF file of the book «The Floor of Heaven», a collection of four loosely-linked narrative poems. This title was reprinted by the University of Queensland Press in June 2007. The PDF file is free to read in its entirety on this site, but it cannot be printed. Printed copies of this book can be purchased from the publisher, or from the University of Queensland Bookshop mail order department: phone (617+) 3346 9434. You can buy the book here:

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Cambridge, UK: Salt Publishing, 2003. 162pp, paperback. ISBN 9781876857714
An omnibus collection of all the poems in three books published previously in Australia but long out of print:
    «Red Movie» (1972)
    «Crying in Early Infancy: 100 Sonnets» (1977)
    «Dazed in the Ladies Lounge» (1979).

You can visit the publisher’s website, and

... you can read extensive [»] Notes to the poems in this book


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Studio Moon
Cambridge UK: Salt Publishing, 2003. 114pp, paperback. ISBN 9781876857615
Consists of sixteen poems from «At The Florida» unpublished outside Australia, eight poems from «Borrowed Voices», plus another twenty-eight uncollected poems.

‘...the new poems are exciting, and the result is a book that manages to be simultaneously powerful, entertaining and revealing. What «Studio Moon» gives us is a conspectus of one of Australia's greatest poets in mid-career...’
(Martin Duwell, «Australian Book Review»)

‘... The sheer range of work in this volume makes it difficult to deal with in a short review; suffice it to say that this is the best collection by Tranter in some time and that you should own a copy.’ («Shearsman», UK)


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Borrowed Voices
Beeston, Nottingham UK: Shoestring Press, 2002. 24pp, paperback. ISBN 1899549749
19 Devonshire Avenue, Beeston, Nottingham NG9 1BS, UK. Phone/ Fax (44) 0115 9251 827. November 2002. Twenty-four pages. A dozen reinterpretations of poems by other (French, German, Chilean, Ancient Greek, Chinese, and English) poets.


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Heart Print
Cambridge UK: Salt Publishing, 2001. 103pp, paperback. ISBN 9781876857325
Contact Chris Emery, 3 Ratford’s Yard, Great Wilbraham, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB1 5JT, UK; Email: cemery (át) saltpublishing (dót) com. Visit the publisher’s website here:

«Heart Print» contains the poems in «Ultra», plus twenty-eight sonnets from «Crying in Early Infancy», all of the twenty-seven poems that make up «The Alphabet Murders» (somewhat revised) and a previously uncollected seven-page prose poem in the form of a hypermetrical sestina, ‘The Beach’.

Tranter may now be Australia’s most important poet... During the 1990s, Tranter emerged as an international figure, first by editing well-received anthologies, then with the Internet journal Jacket...
      Of its four sections, the second and best, ‘The Alphabet Murders’, makes a great introduction to his work: its 27 segments (from ‘After’ and ‘Before’ to ‘Zero’ and ‘After’ again) use their meta-detective tales as excuses to talk about reading, writing, associative thought and literary history.
      The untitled set of 28 sonnets and delightful prose poem that conclude the book present light-fingered commentary on subjects from ‘Starlight’ to absinthe and middle age: ‘I re-live youth asleep,’ one affecting line admits, ‘and leave it behind at dawn.’ Readers... will see why Tranter has mattered to Australians for so long.”...

— U.S. Publishers’ Weekly


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Rose Bay, Sydney: Brandl and Schlesinger, 2001. 60pp, paperback. ISBN 9781876040291
Twenty-four 50-line poems plus a short introductory poem. The publisher’s website:

‘ ... The poems are masterful because they survive so much thin ice. They do not fall into cliché, sociology or archness. They are highly visual, cinematic poems that Tranter directs like Polanski. They can make us feel like we are in a film; then, just at the right time, we are back on the street, where the poet stands with his merciless phrasebook. Much of «Ultra» is a kind of Australian «Psycho» experience, where every irony cuts and tickles. Brilliant.’

— Barry Hill, «The Australian»


The Floor of Heaven
Todmorden UK: Arc Publications, 2000. 116pp, ISBN 1900072440
Nanholme Mill, Shaw Wood Road, Todmorden, Lancs. OL14 6DA

You can visit the publisher’s website here:
This is a British reprint of the earlier HarperCollins Australia volume published in 1992.

‘ ... «The Floor of Heaven» is a series of interconnected short stories told in a loose verse that is as much governed by natural speech rhythm as it is by conventional prosody. It is also a bit of a page-turner. Fired by coffee, drink and group therapy, the mainly female narrators spike their tales of bohemians, drop-outs, war veterans and men on the make with liberal quantities of covetousness, sex, drugs and violence. Amid the pulp fictions can be discerned what one character describes as “some pattern in things, a kind of balance”. [....] the writing basks in the cool glow of action painting and existentialism, Harley-Davidsons and Thunderbirds, pill-popping, jazz, cigarettes and alcoholism. [....] Whether on a small or large canvas, John Tranter is above all a highly gifted writer of narrative verse, and «The Floor of Heaven» is his most considerable achievement to date. Yet narrative is by no means his only distinction. His poetry is various and variously rewarding, and nearly always manages to be both instantly engaging and to repay further attention. The publication of these two books means that most of Tranter’s best work is now available in Britain and confirms his status as one of Australia’s most important poets.’

— William Wootten, «Times Literary Supplement,» 2002


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Cambridge UK: Barque Press, 2000. 24pp, ISBN 1903488001.
Gonville and Caius College, Trinity Street, Cambridge England CB2 1TA, United Kingdom.

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Also published by Vagabond Press, c/- English Department, University of Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia. Published in 2000.

«Blackout» consists of Shakespeare’s «The Tempest», the article ‘Some Dreamers of the Golden Dream’ by Joan Didion, and a chapter from «The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test» by Tom Wolfe, with most of the words removed, and the remaining words and phrases interleaved, though in the same order as they appear in the original texts. No other words have been added.

‘Tranter uses his prefabricated materials and his abundant talents with great style and the result is a poem that reads and sounds like Tranter in a pleasurably uncanny way:

waitresses looking like milky cellophane,
their garments cooling in this sad nook, where once
midnight hid; all asleep; and the trumpets
always dropping off the note.

Is there more moody liberty?’

— Kate Lilley, «Sydney Morning Herald»


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Different Hands
[poetry, experimental prose]
North Fremantle (Australia): Folio/ Fremantle Arts Centre Press, 1998. 80pp, paperback. ISBN 1863682414
PO Box 158, North Fremantle WA 6159, Australia.

A collection of seven short stories loosely based on drafts processed by the ‘Brekdown’ computer program.

See [»] ‘Mr Rubenking's Breakdown’ — an essay about computer-assisted writing on this site.

You can read two complete stories from «Different Hands»:

In [»] ‘Carousel’, Henry Miller confronts the enigmatic Master of Go, then visits the brothels of Paris; and in [»] ‘Valéry’s Room’ the fastidious French writer Paul Valéry seeks advice from a handyman who builds outdoor lavatories.

You can also read a collection of [»] sample pages from «Different Hands»:
 — In ‘Neuromancing Miss Stein’, the Modernist writer Gertrude Stein undergoes an outlandish cybernetic transformation.
 — In ‘The Howling Twins’, the Beat poet Allen Ginsberg takes the Bobbsey twins on a drug-soaked trip across America.
 — In ‘Magic Women’, Louisa Alcott’s ‘Little Women’ endure spiritual temptation and hallucinations under the tutelage of a disgruntled sorcerer in the Mexican desert.
 — In other stories, Biggles clashes with Radclyffe Hall, notorious author of the sentimental lesbian novel ‘The Well of Loneliness’, and
 — E.M.Forster’s well-bred English characters plunge into Sydney’s flamboyant and cynical real estate market.     


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Late Night Radio
Edinburgh UK: Polygon Press (University of Edinburgh Press), 1998. 92pp, ISBN 0748662383

«Late Night Radio» is made up of poems selected from «Selected Poems» (1982) and «Under Berlin» (1988), which were not available previously in the U.K.

‘...When non-Australians hear of John Tranter, it may be as an editor (of the «Bloodaxe Book of Modern Australian Poetry») or the online journal «Jacket»), or else as the head of a school, leading his urban, international, difficult postmodernists against Les Murray’s rural, local populists...
     «Late Night Radio», however, his first British collection, reveals Tranter less as an avant-gardiste than as a startlingly accomplished pragmatist, a poet alert to what works: he uses the curvy, slippery language of his American models (John Ashbery, Frank O’Hara) to depict social and personal pathos and comedy, in recognizable poetic kinds...
     Tranter's best invention is a thorough irony that is not unkind to its subjects, a way to present contemporary people and their varied idiolects which at once cherishes, mocks and sees through them... Tranter gives us, instead, new, unpredictable ways to describe the world by turns energetic, exuberant, exasperated; hip, antipathetic, pathetic; attentive, fantastic, fed-up, ridiculous, serious; in his own words, “quizzical”, “grateful”, “daft, adolescent and deeply wise”...’

— Stephen Burt, «Times Literary Supplement»

‘ ... John Tranter’s amphetamine-fuelled, demented jeremiads... this work is... a form of pornography.’

— Caitriona O’Reilly, «P.N.Review»


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Gasoline Kisses
Cambridge UK: Equipage, 1997. 40pp, paperback, ISBN 0900968258

Equipage, c/- Rod Mengham, Jesus College, Cambridge UK.
«Gasoline Kisses» consists of 22 poems, selected from the thirty haibun from the last part of «At The Florida» (1993) with two additions and many small changes, saddle-stitched.

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At The Florida
St Lucia, Queensland: University of Queensland Press, 1993. 100pp, paperback. ISBN 0703335533

UQP’s Internet site:

Awarded the Age Book of the Year poetry prize in 1993.


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The Floor of Heaven
Pymble: HarperCollins/Angus and Robertson, 1992. 138pp, paperback.ISBN 030717699X (reprinted 1996)

Reprinted in 2007; [»»] see above.


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Under Berlin
St Lucia, Queensland: University of Queensland Press, 1988. 120pp, paperback. ISBN 070331376
With author’s notes. Three printings by 1993 with different back jacket and half-title-page information.

UQP’s Internet site:

Awarded the NSW State Literary Award for poetry in 1989


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King’s Cross, Sydney: Nicholas Pounder, 1986. 11pp, paperback. ISBN 1862527571
[signed limited edition pamphlet of 376 copies] [though the colphon says 250 copies] (an early version of the first poem in «The Floor of Heaven»), privately published by Nicholas Pounder, bookseller, King’s Cross, December 1986, A4 sheets wire stapled near the spine, wrapper hand-coloured by the author and his daughter Kirsten.

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The colophon, below, appears centred on the final page, page 12.


John Tranter

[signed ‘John Tranter’]

Privately printed
by the xerographic process
for Nicholas Pounder/ Bookseller
298 Victoria Street, Kings Cross 2011

in a limited signed edition
of 250 copies numbered in sequence
and twenty-six author’s copies numbered A to Z
all in hand-coloured wrappers

of which this is number

[this copy hand numbered ‘240’]

This poem also appeared
in a slightly different form in
The Age Monthly Review, December 1986

Printed in November 1986 at Pavilion Press Set
2 Buckland Street, Broadway 2007, Australia
Copyright (c) John Tranter 1986
ISBN: 1 86252 757 1
Excudit J.T.


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Selected Poems
Sydney:Hale and Iremonger, 1982. 176pp, section sewn.ISBN 0868066391 (paper)
ISBN 0868060383 (casebound).
Includes 10 previously uncollected poems.

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Dazed in the Ladies Lounge
Sydney: Island Press, 1979. 64pp, paperback. ISBN 0909771305
ISBN 0909771331 (hardbound, out of print)

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Crying in Early Infancy: 100 Sonnets
St Lucia, Queensland: Makar Press, 1977. 64pp, section sewn, ISBN 0909353197 (paper);
ISBN 0909353319 (casebound)

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The Alphabet Murders (notes from a work in progress)
Cremorne, Sydney: Angus and Robertson, 1976. 24pp, paperback. ISBN 0307133983
Part of the series ‘Poets of the Month’, with other booklets by James McAuley, Geoffrey Lehmann, John Forbes, Thomas Shapcott and Simon Bronsky, and later collected in a compendium hardback volume.

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John Tranter photo 1974
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The Blast Area
St Lucia Queensland: Makar Press, 1974. As Gargoyle Poets 12. 36pp, paperback. ISBN 0909353006
Gargoyle Poets was a series of pamphlets published by Martin Duwell, editor of Makar Magazine, at the English Department, The University of Queensland, St Lucia Queensland 3067. The typeface chosen for the words ‘BLAST AREA’ is named Baby Teeth.

Photo: John Tranter, 1974   
from «The Blast Area», inside back cover

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Red Movie and other poems
Cremorne, Sydney: Angus and Robertson, 1972. Casebound, wrapper, 48pp. ISBN 0307135033

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Parallax and other poems
Five Dock, Sydney: South Head Press, 1970. 64pp, ISBN 0901760056
Published as «Poetry Australia» magazine, number 33, June 1970 — incorrectly shown on the half-title page as the June 1968 number), paperback, section-sewn.

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Anthologies, Collections and Magazines edited by John Tranter

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Jacket magazine
[poetry magazine, internet-only]
ISSN 1440–4737
Balmain, Sydney: John Tranter, 1997—[…] Internet-only: Poetry, interviews, reviews, articles on type and photography, a free Internet review of poetry and new writing published three times a year. Forty issues by 2010 (some eight thousand printed pages), and still growing. In 2011 Jacket will move to the University of Pennsylvania.

Available free on the internet at


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The Best Australian Poems 2011
[poetry anthology]
Edited by John Tranter

Pub date: November 2012, RRP: $24.99, ISBN: 9781863955812, Imprint: Black Inc., Format: PB, Size: 210 x 135mm, Extent: 240pp.

“I was struck… by just how many poems depended on the ancient devices of the storyteller… Many have a lyrical or meditative feel, but most have a story to tell, captured in a brief glimpse of the meaning of life, or a dramatic climax.” — John Tranter

In this impressive anthology John Tranter weaves many threads into a portrait of Australian poetry in 2012. Emerging poets sit alongside the celebrated, travelling from Lake Havasu City to Graz, and nursing homes to fairgrounds, with characters as diverse as David Bowie, Emily Dickinson and Rumpelstiltskin. The Best Australian Poems 2012 will satisfy a hunger for storytelling and a yearning for beauty.

Read this interview with John Tranter about how he compiled this book. Her’s an excerpt:

Black Inc.: What are your top five tips for aspiring poets?

Tranter: Read voraciously as widely as you can; write and rewrite a lot; don't take any notice of fads or fashions or what other people say and just write out what interests you personally; take careful notice of fads and fashions and what other people say and write in as many different forms and tones of voice as you can imagine; and publish, publish, publish.


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The Best Australian Poems 2011
[poetry anthology]
Edited by John Tranter

Black Inc. Pub date: November 2011, RRP: $24.95, ISBN: 9781863955492, Imprint: Black Inc., Format: PB, Size: 210 x 135mm, Extent: 240pp.

“What a rich, strange and diverse lot these poems turned out to be… I suspect that these baroque and potent imaginings can only have come into existence as fragments of dreams or nightmares.” — John Tranter

In The Best Australian Poems 2011, celebrated poet John Tranter selects the most vigorous, varied and interesting poems of the last year. This sparkling collection shines a light on the phantasmagorical nature of poetry, evoking images, transformations and events that range from the playful to the melancholy by way of exuberance and satire. Featuring award-winning poems alongside brand-new works, as well as a mix of emerging and renowned poets, this is a volume of surreal beauty and emotional resonance.

Poets include: Robert Adamson, Ali Alizadeh, Jude Aquilina, Ken Bolton, Pam Brown, joanne burns, Sarah Day, Bruce Dawe, Kate Fagan, Michael Farrell, Angela Gardner, Geoff Goodfellow, Lisa Gorton, Jennifer Harrison, Sarah Holland-Batt, Jill Jones, Cate Kennedy, Andy Kissane, Mike Ladd, Kate Lilley, Jennifer Maiden, David McCooey, Les Murray, Ouyang Yu, Felicity Plunkett, Peter Rose, Gig Ryan, Jaya Savige, Thomas Shapcott, Craig Sherborne, Pete Spence, Peter Steele, Maria Takolander, Andrew Taylor, Tim Thorne, Chris Wallace-Crabbe, Alan Wearne and many more…

Read an interview with John Tranter on the Black Inc. blog


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The Penguin Book of Modern Australian Poetry
[poetry anthology]
Co-edited with Philip Mead.

Ringwood, Victoria: Penguin Australia, Ringwood, 1993. 474pp,paperback. ISBN 0130586390
Second printing December 1995 also published as the «Bloodaxe Book of Modern Australian Poetry» in the UK and the USA, ISBN 1852243155)


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Martin Johnston: Selected Poems and Prose
[poetry, translated poetry, folk song, reviews, essays, interviews]
St Lucia, Queensland: University of Queensland Press, 1993. 290 + xxvi pp., 30 photographs, paperback. ISBN 0703335315


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The Tin Wash Dish: Poems from Today’s Australians
[poetry anthology]
Crow’s Nest, Sydney: ABC Enterprises, 1989. 136pp, paperback. ISBN 0633130000
Selected by John Tranter from some six thousand entries in the poetry section of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and the Australian Bicentennial Authority Literary Awards competition held in 1988.


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The New Australian Poetry
[poetry anthology]
Makar Press, St Lucia, 1979, reprinted with corrections 1980, section sewn, casebound and paperback, 330pp. ISBN 0909353333


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Preface to the Seventies
[poetry anthology]
Five Dock Sydney: South Head Press, 1970. 80pp, paperback. SBN 901760021
«Poetry Australia» magazine number 32, February 1970.
Guest editor: John E. Tranter, 39 poets, five essays.
See contents list below.


Poems by

Walter Billeter
J. S. Harry
Brian Ridley
Nicholas Hasluck
Vicki Viidikas
Michael Dransfield
Dennis Davidson
Alan Wearne
Terry Gillmore
David Rankin
Leon Slade
Patrick Alexander
Philip Roberts
Ian Lightfoot
R. J. Deeble
J. Frow
John E. Tranter
Carl Harrison-Ford
Mark Radvan
Nick Battye
John Blay
Rhyll McMaster
Roger McDonald
Nick Battye
Michael Parr
P. A. Pilgrim
Wilhelm Hiener
Paul Burns

Suzanne Hunt
Robert Gray
Franco Paisio
Peter Carthew
Michael Dugan
Frederick C. Parmee
Jennifer Maiden
Kerry Leves
Robert Adamson
Robyn Ravlich
Peter Skrzynecki

Articles by

Rodney Hall: «Attitudes to Tradition in Contemporary Australian Poetry»

Thomas Shapcott: «Hold Onto Your Crystal Balls»

James Tulip: «The Australian-American Connection»

Ronald Dunlop: «Recent Australian Poetry»

Donald Gallup: «T. S. Eliot and Ezra Pound: Collaborators in Letters»


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Transit New Poetry
[poetry magazine]
Camperdown New South Wales: John Tranter, 1969. 34pp, paperback. [no ISBN]
Number 2, January 1969.


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Transit New Poetry
[poetry magazine]
Paddington New South Wales: John Tranter, 1968. 36pp, paperback. [no ISBN]
Number 1, September 1968.


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Free Grass
[hoax poetry magazine]
Paddington New South Wales: John Tranter, 1968 (?). 5pp, foolscap size, Gestetner rotary silkscreen. [no ISBN]
One number only, undated. Composed and typed onto stencils one morning in 1968 by John Tranter. The masthead is Letraset rub-on transfer type, printed photo-litho.

You might like to notice how the magazine publication technology changes from:

«Free Grass»
(Gestetner, 1968, free, about one hundred readers)


(Internet and digital CD, 2007, free, about twenty thousand readers).


You can read Free Grass here:

The Internet address of this page is

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