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Author: Cooke, Stuart
Publisher: UWA Publishing


Lyre is a sonic, sculptural cornucopia of new and startling forms. Stuart Cooke proposes that all kinds of life — animal, plant and otherwise — have their own modes of expression, each of which can each be translated into a different kind of poetry. Ranging across Australasian oceans, coastlines, rainforests, savannahs and deserts, and similarly wide-ranging in its approach to form and lineation, Lyre asks what happens when poems make contact with non-human worlds; in so doing, it welcomes whole new worlds to poetry.

Inspired in part by books like Les Murray’s Translations from the Natural World and Barry Hill & John Wolseley’s Lines for Birds, Lyre is the result of many years of research into a selection of Australasian flora, fauna and landforms. The collection asks what happens to poetry when it encounters more-than human life.

‘Drawing on the deepest resources of antipodean poetics, Lyre hymns the created world in all its prodigious diversity. It is funny, reverent, full of curious facts, and crazily ambitious. A triumph.’ — JM Coetzee

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SKU: 9781760800345 Category: Product ID: 3251


ISBN: 9781760800345

Additional information

Dimensions 21.6 × 15.9 cm



Cooke, Stuart


UWA Publishing

Release Date

Saturday June 1st, 2019


Paperback / softback

Production page count

259 Pages