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  Elisabeth Wentworth 100 Australian Poems You Need to Know edited by Jamie Grant Hardie Grant, 2016 (first published 2008), 248 pages, $29.99 __________________________________________   When it comes to prose, I hate being told what to read—“If you liked … you’ll love …” Too many personal recommendations have ended badly: the unreadable book put quietly aside after page 25, the friendship re-evaluated—“If they liked this …?” So the title of this book should have put me right off. A hundred Australian poems I need to know? The cheek of it! But there’s little enough poetry on the bookshop shelves these…

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