Filled with precise observation of the interior and exterior world, as well as lashings of wit, Smith's wide-ranging, often poignant lyrics take us on tour through history, ideas, people and places. He is the perfect travel companion in a sortie of the century and its cultural outputs - as well as its detritus, cast-offs, conflict and ephemera. This perfectly weighted collection offers us pleasure, wisdom and redress.
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(216mm x 140mm x 7mm)
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Author Biography - Vivian Smith
Vivian Smith was born in Hobart in 1933. He lectured in the French Department of the University of Tasmania until 1967 when he moved to Sydney to become a Reader in the Department of English, University of Sydney. After a distinguished career as an academic, he retired in 1996. He is a highly respected critic, having produced key studies on Australian literature and contributed much to the growth and sophistication of criticism surrounding Australian poetry. From 1975 to 1990 he was the literary editor of Quadrant. Smith's first book of poetry, The Other Meaning, was published in 1956 and he has since published seven further collections, among which Tide Country won the New South Wales Premier's Prize for Poetry and the Grace Leven Prize.