Author(s): Judith Beveridge
WINNER PM'S 2019 POETRY PRIZE
Judith Beveridge is one of Australia most acclaimedpoets, taught in high schools and universities, winner of the NSW and VictorianPremiers' Awards, a highly regarded critic, editor and teacher of poetry SunMusic is a definitive edition of her best-knownand most important poems Sun Music collectsBeveridge's best poems published over a thirty-year period, from 1987 to 2017. Shehas selected the poems from her award-winning collections, The Domesticity of Giraffes, Accidental Grace, Wolf Notes and Storm and Honey, and included 33 newpoems which build on and enhance her previous work. Beveridge is an exactingpoet, precise and controlled, and her formal discipline gives added intensityto her expression of emotion. The combination of clarity and dramatic force,involving a supple use of language which registers the ebb and flow of feeling,makes her poetry immediately appealing and accessible. As she notes in herintroduction to this collection, 'My writing can be kaleidoscopic, oftenbaroque, but I hope also grounded and focused...I am drawn to poetry that hasrich texture, and by this, I mean poetry that is distinctly metaphorical,detailed, musically complex, but also clear.'