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Selected Poems 1971-2016

"Duggan's is a poetry that determines to surprise: almost daring a reader to exclaim: you wrote like this about that?" -Alan Wearne, Sydney Morning Herald "I think of how Pound defined the image as `that which presents an intellectual and emotional complex in an instant of time'; and, still being thoroughly sane back in 1913, he went on to say: `the natural object is always the adequate symbol'. Such an imagist doctrine has always been at the heart of Laurie Duggan's sharp-eyed work, ever since the days when he was at the core of a group who got together at Monash, back in the 1960s." -Chris Wallace-Crabbe Duggan's poetry has the virtue that it never `abandons the local'. Like Paul Blackburn-a poet Duggan manifestly admires-he builds his work out of what he finds in, on or about the premises." -Tony Baker, Jacket "How ferociously Duggan attends both to the there of the world . . . and the here of writing." -John Latta, Isola di Rifiuti "The small poems ... slowly build up to a much larger narrative; a narrative of time and memory, of thinking and looking and being in the world, a kind of history that is happening on the sidelines." -Fiona Wright "The poems of Allotments and Under the Weather can often seem easily-done, casual jottings but there is a complex pattern behind their conception and an extraordinary quality of poise about their execution. Both books remind us what a remarkable poet Duggan has become." -Martin Duwell
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Laurie Duggan moved from Australia to Faversham, Kent, in 2006. His most recent books are No particular place to go and Allotments (both Bristol: Shearsman Books, 2014) and a reissue of his first two books as East and Under the Weather (Sydney: Puncher & Wattman, 2014).

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