Anthony Lawrence characteristically sets his poems within powerful landscapes and seascapes. There is a dramatic confrontation in them, between the elemental forces of nature, and those within the consciousness of his characters.
His focus on relationships, the rhythms of work, and the presence of danger in these primal settings, gives to his moral questioning a primal quality in turn. In an interview with John Kinsella (in Thylacine), he describes his poetry thus:
I'd like to think that a couple of my poems achieve this tricky balance: landscape veined with humanity, flora, fauna, what's imagined and what's experienced... I write about nature to define my life.
Anthony Lawrence is one of Australia's most highly regarded poets, and winner of two of the country's most prestigious poetry prizes, the Judith Wright Calanthe Award and the Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry. This volume is a selection of work from six of his poetry collections published in Australia, plus a body of new work. Strategies for Confronting Fear is Lawrence's first volume of poetry to be published in the UK.
ISBN 1 900072 49 1