Page writes directly out of his own experience with a refreshing and consistent respect for exact description — a quality that enables him to evoke powerfully charged atmospheres in poems of considerable verbal economy.

The first chapbook of Page’s travel poems, based on a long trip to Europe in 1973

With Geoff Page’s precise observation and compassion, Cassandra Paddocks explores the kind of past the small-town Australian carries with him in his ‘weatherboard ark to the future’.

Page’s well-known second collection. With an eye for the clean edge of an idea, and a developing dramatic sense in the longer poem, Page has now marked out and inhabited a territory and style that are forcefully his own.

Edited by Geoff Page, mainly from the poetry of his own generation, Shadows from Wire combines contemporary photos and recent poems which together illuminate the grim reality of Australian experience in World War I.

Transmuted moments of lasting life are what these poems deliver, everywhere …

Translated in tandem with Wendy Coutts from the French of Guillaume Apollinaire.

‘Page’s pen is sword-sharp. This is a very fine first novel.’ Peter Goldsworthy

‘A novel of originality and consistent interest … a pleasure to read.‘ Australian Book Review

Page’s verse journal from three months spent with his family in France and Greece in 1986.

Beautifully handprinted by the late Alec Bolton.

‘Deft and rapid as its title suggests, this new collection executes a wider range of steps and pirouettes than any of its predecessors.’

In this novel Page brings a poet’s eye for fine detail to a subtle evocation of Canberra and the dreams and days of ordinary Australians who are fatally innocent of their future role in world affairs.

The best of Page’s work from 1968 to 1988. ‘Skeptical where he is most deeply loyal, and sombre where he is most deeply observant, the country-born poet Geoff Page is apt to move us deeply with a music of division which spares himself least of all.’

A collection of short stories and poems illuminating some of the stranger corners of Australian history.

‘An imaginative contribution to the re-writing of Australian history.’ Manning Clark

Edited by Geoff Page, On the Move is a lively anthology of contemporary Australian poets writing about their experiences of traveling through Europe.

In Gravel Corners the poet shows a deepening identification with two of his most basic concerns. It is also a book of suburban life, of small but intense moments and unobtrusive people.

Considered by many to be one of Page’s best collections.

Human Interest is a remarkable extension of the poetic concerns in Geoff Page’s nine earlier books of verse.

What is contemporary Australian poetry? From the generation of ’68 to the present, Page has chosen 100 of Australia’s most influential and widely-read poets. He discusses the work of each one in some detail and makes informed suggestions for further reading.

Page’s only collection of light verse, many of them written for the famous ANU Poets’ Lunches.

‘Page examines, with empathy and disturbing immediacy, characters on the verge of personal abyss.’

A collection of Geoff Page’s poetry about Indigenous/Non-Indigenous relations since Captain Cook.

Fully illustrated by Aboriginal artist, Bevan Hayward Pooaraar.

Biography of the legendary Australian jazz musician, Bernie McGann.

Recordings from the Poetry at Chats Café Series featuring

42 Australian poets, including Judith Wright, David Malouf and

Les Murray.

‘The Scarring follows the fortunes of a married couple. Propertied, young, beautiful, in love, sexually enraptured, the Mitchells seem the perfect pair but their separation through war sows the seeds of their eventual destruction.’  Peter Goldsworthy.

‘Charged with both intensity of feeling and a considerable clarity of thought. Collateral Damage shows a major Australian poet in the full range of his powers.’

‘Page at this stage of his career is certainly one of our major poets, a poet who has made memorable poetry out of clarity, openness and a commitment to the formal possibilities of language.’Judith Beveridge. Darker and Lighter is Geoff Page’s fifteenth book of poetry.

New translations of this Nobel Prize winning Italian poet by R.F. Brissenden working alone and by Geoff Page and Loredana Nardi-Ford working in tandem.

A mini-selected from Page’s best work over almost forty years.

‘Its silky and hypnotic narrative of the trials and tribulations of a 1930s all-girl swing band playing on the Sydney ferries ripples and riffs unforgettably.’ Dorothy Porter.

Edited by Geoff Page, this anthology collects the very best sonnets written by Australians since World War II

Cartes postales is a small collection of travel poems from a trip to Europe in 2003

Freehold is Page’s third verse novel and examines more closely what land ownership means both to Aboriginal people and to white pastoralists in the Clarence Valley.

‘A compressed epic of conflict, identity, love and loss.’

This anthology of 80 canonical poems in English also includes Page’s 1,000 word essay on each, showing what has made these poems last (or will make them last) for hundreds of years.

22 Australian poems are included among the 80.

Lawrie & Shirley: The Final Cadenza: A Movie in Verse is a romantic comedy, written as a screenplay in verse. It’s a love affair between two ‘senior citizens’ — but their children are not pleased.

Europe 101 is another collection of Page’s wry eight-liners, written during a trip to Europe in 2005

‘Page is a humanely satirical poet. He lets us view our condition with a fusion of the comic and the tragic.’ Judith Beveridge

“ The spare elegance of Geoff Page’s verse has been one of the lesser known pleasures of Australian writing for a long time “ —Michael McGirr

the Sydney Morning Herald

The fourth collection of Page’s eight-liner travel poems, based on a trip to Europe in 2007

Includes 21 poems and essays from 80 Great Poems from Chaucer to Now plus 39 new poems, each accompanied by one of Page’s 1200 word essays arguing their current or future status as classics. An ideal introduction to Australian poetry.

 

“If jazz could be written down in words, then this is it! Spirited, insightful, spontaneous; yet so cleverly constructed that every phrase delights and intrigues, revealing both unexpected and familiar truths about music and life.”  Sandy Evans

 

Coda for Shirley is the sardonic yet poignant sequel to Geoff Page’s successful 2006 verse novel, Lawrie & Shirley: The Final Cadenza.

 

A new collection of poems soon to be published on Picaro Press.

 

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