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Chris Wallace-Crabbe

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  • Chris Wallace-Crabbe is a leading Australian poet and an essayist, with a longstanding interest in the visual arts. He began as a scientist but his interest moved across to literature while he was doing National Service in the RAAF. He taught at Melbourne University for many years, and has also taught at Harvard and the University of Venice. His most recent book of poetry was Telling a Hawk from a Handsaw (Carcanet), and of criticism, Read It Again (Salt). He has won the Dublin Prize for Arts and Sciences, the Philip Hodgins Prize for Literature, and the Order of Australia. He chairs the newly established Australian Poetry Limited, and is a Professor Emeritus at Melbourne. His interest in the making of artists’ books goes back fifteen years: he has been involved in a number of these, and is intrigued by what happens at the edges of a genre. Wallace-Crabbe draws, beach-walks and plays tennis, and has read his poetry all round the world.
    Praise for Chris Wallace-Crabbe 'There is certainly an immense and joyous energy in the book and it mixes intellectual experience of excitement and doubt with personal experience of exaltation tinged by reminders.. of mortalily.'
    Martin Duwell, The Australian
    'Wallace-Crabbe engages the most serious subjects in a frame of mind at once vulnerable and humorous. His personae may be shackled to the mast of slang, conceit, and bathos, but the song of the Siren is nevertheless nobly clear in these poems.'
    Mary Kinzie, Poetry (Chicago)
    'His allies are words and he uses them with the care of a surgeon and the flair of a conjuror.'
    Peter Porter
    'A witty, endearingly slangy, yet unostentatiously philosophical Australian poet'.
    Times Literary Supplement
    ' his valuing of both the aesthetic and the ordinary as the realms of humanity, he always reminds us - despite what the end has to offer us all - of a different kind of weather, one where, even as darkness is falling, ''the lit clouds yet / sail sweetly over us / inhabiting a daylight of their own''.'
    David McCooey, Sydney Morning Herald
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