Who Knows What Love Is?

Australian Love Poems 2013 edited by Mark Tredinnick Inkerman & Blunt, 2013, 330 pages, $26.99   “Contemporary Australian love,” writes Mark Tredinnick in this book’s introduction, “turns out to be a wilder and wider and more ecstatic terrain than we had led ourselves to believe.” Tredinnick’s delight, almost euphoric in places, in the success of this venture is apparent. It did not start promisingly: a new publisher, without a book to its name yet, solicited unpublished love poems from Australia’s poets. I wouldn’t have given it much chance of success. But they received 1501 poems from 632 poets, selected 200…

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