"In a country where Test Captain is the highest unelected office anyone can aspire to, hows its is an aesthetic revelation creating its own avant-garde of willow wielders and leather flingers." - Liam Ferney (Southerly)
"If you can imagine a story by Kafka about a circus on a circuit of small towns between northern NSW and southern Queensland, it will give you some idea of what this book is like."
- Kerryn Goldsworthy
The Circus tells the story of a young man who, in unusual circumstances, takes over a travelling circus. As the troupe makes its way around country New South Wales, the performers form alliances and eliminate rivals, threatening to derail everything while at the same time working hard to maintain the highest professional standards.
"Free verse isn’t a waste of time. I already knew that really, but Girlery’s a reminder. It’s a fresh book: 2 parts Tyra Banks and 3 parts country girl. The first poem ‘Goddesses,the Bomb’ is a declaration that the poems will be as literary as fuck, but they won’t groan about their own weight. Hooray!" - Michael Farrell
Melinda Bufton's debut is a collection of playful notes on twenty-first century living, imbued with burlesque, pop culture pilgrimage, misplaced identities and alchemy. Join the string of questing girls contained within as they strategise, dance, traverse dusty landscapes and thoughtfully sip a drink in a Paris nightclub on a sweaty August night. Girlery is a forward-thinking romp through urbanity as seen through post Riot-girl sensibilities.
"Duncan Hose treads the lesser-known path of maverick Australian poets such as Norman Talbot, John Watson and Javant Biarujia – that is, like all good must-read poets, he invents a new language, full of playful disguises and serious intent, reaffirming Baudelaire’s view that only the human-made is beautiful." - Gig Ryan
One Under Bacchus is the outstanding second collection of poetry by Duncan Bruce Hose. It includes 'An Allegory of Edward Trouble', which won the 2010 Newcastle Poetry Prize.
"... a short sequence of fractal, seductive, talented poems. What’s also communicated clearly by Rathaus is Duncan Hose’s poetic instinct, which is almost faultless. He instinctively understands the stupid waste of explanation, the fact that poems are separate from us, even as they speak to us from behind the glass that seems to enclose them." - Phillip Mead
Rathaus is the endangered first collection of poetry by Duncan Bruce Hose. Edition of 200.
“Dale’s treatment of the Constitution—‘vandalism’ as she calls it (quoted in Messenger)—forces a re-reading of the Australian Constitution, not simply as a historical document or legal relic but as a live, living text. Constitution makes the Constitution a poem by rendering it unrecognisable as a legal document and by replacing the official language of the nation with the unofficial language of its governance.”