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This website is dedicated to the poetry and fiction of Andrew Lansdown.

Andrew is a widely published and award winning Australian writer, whose poems and stories have been published in numerous magazines and newspapers and are represented in over 100 anthologies. His published books include 13 collections of poetry, 2 collections of children's poetry, 2 collections of short stories and 3 fantasy novels.

This website offers extensive information about, and samples of, Andrew's literary writings. It also contains 100+ outstanding poems by 30+ poets whom Andrew admires. It also provides an opportunity to buy Andrew's books using PayPal.

Poem in Australian Poetry Anthology

May 10th, 2017






















Andrew’s poem, “A Little Herd”, has been published in the Australian Poetry Anthology, Volume 5, 2016. The Anthology is published by Australian Poetry Ltd and was edited by Lisa Gorton and Toby Fitch. It can be purchased from the Australian Poetry website, here.

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Poem in Quadrant

May 10th, 2017


















One of Andrew’s poems was published in the April 2017 issue of Quadrant. The poem, a tanka, is titled “Gossiper” and is reprinted below:




As a brass clapper

in a windbell, so a tongue

in a gossip’s mouth.

Any wind will make it swing

to strike out its single note.


            © Andrew Lansdown

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2 poems in The Mozzie

May 10th, 2017

The March 2017 issue of The Mozzie (Vol. 25, No. 2) contains two of Andrew’s poems: “The Pleasure” and “Visiting Basho’s Grave”.

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2 poems in anthology, Contemporary Australian Poetry

April 6th, 2017

Two of Andrew’s poems have been included in the Puncher & Wattmann anthology, Contemporary Australian Poetry, edited by Martin Langford, Judith Beveridge, Judy Johnson and David Musgrave.

Andrew’s poems in the anthology are “His Free Hand” and “Meditations on Pain”, selected from his books Fontanelle (Five Islands Press, 2004) and Inadvertent Things (Walleah Press, 2013).


According to the publisher’s website:

“In the past 25 years, Australian poetry has reached a remarkable level of  achievement. Never has the quality been stronger, nor the number of distinctive voices greater. The best poetry produced in this country is world-class.

“Australian poetry has become both self-sustaining – a major source of inspiration and dialogue for Australian practitioners – and also a vital part of the larger conversation in the English speaking world. Puncher & Wattmann has now published Contemporary Australian Poetry, bringing together this extraordinary accomplishment.

“The four editors are poets of longstanding achievement. As editors they have had extensive exposure to the variety and scope of Australian poetry over many years. Martin Langford is an anthologist, essayist and poetry reviewer for Meanjin. Judith Beveridge has edited numerous anthologies and was poetry editor at Meanjin 2005- 2015. Judy Johnson was Managing Editor for the Wagtail series of chapbooks 2000-2011 and David Musgrave has been publisher and editor of Puncher and Wattmann since he founded P&W in 2005.

“What was the criterion for considering work for the anthology? Firstly, that the poet should have published at least one book during the period under investigation. For a decade, the editors researched and read exhaustively: collections, chapbooks, anthologies, journals. There was no unqualified acceptance of particular opinions or preferences. The editors read every poem brought to the table for consideration. Each poem included in the anthology has been approved by at least three out of four editors. Nevertheless any selection, as the forward states … ‘can only be made through the unstable lenses of competing poetics and claims.’ Contemporary Australian Poetry is not intended to be an end in itself, but a starting point for the competing opinions which might emerge.

“The most rewarding result of the editors’ reading was the growing estimation of how many quality poets are practising in this country. They came to the conclusion that thirty or more poets are capable of producing not only a single stunning poem, but of sustaining a high level of accomplishment over many years. These poets have the capacity to control every nuance of tone and meaning in their work and to finely calibrate implication against the complexities of context.

“One of the purposes of Contemporary Australian Poetry is to provoke any public narrative which dismisses such a remarkable number of fine poets and leaves the genre itself in a small, airless cupboard under the stairs of our literary culture. While no one was looking, our poetry has become too large for the space set aside for it, too important to be quiet, and too insistent to be ignored. It has evolved into one of our country’s greatest cultural achievements. But this too is merely a claim. Perhaps it is better for the reader to pick up a copy of Contemporary Australian Poetry and draw their own conclusions.”

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Poem in Quadrant

April 4th, 2017













The March 2017 issue of Quadrant contains one of Andrew’s poems. Titled, “Dearly Departed”, it is reprinted below:


Dearly Departed


So much of it, my childhood,

departed this world with you.


Though I lived it, I can bring back

only brief moments of it:


candle-smoke and a blue trike,

a Band-Aid on a skinned knee,


your bosomy hugs during

nights of dread dreams about … what?


Mother, I meant to ask you

so many things about me,


so many whens, hows and whys

that can never now be known.


The loss of both your presence

and my history presses on me


as an ever-present absence.


            © Andrew Lansdown

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2 poems in Weekend Australian Review

March 30th, 2017

The Review magazine, published by and distributed with the Weekend Australian newspaper, published two of Andrew’s poems last weekend, 25-26 March 2017. Both poems, “Kilter” and “Untrousered Tanuki”, are gunsaku, sets of haiku linked by common subjects/themes.

“Untrousered Tanuki” is a set of humorous haiku about the ceramic racoon-dogs called tanuki (pictured below) that abound in gardens and doorways in the Kansai region of Japan. Andrew has seen (and photographed!) hundreds of these scoundrels in Kyoto and Nara during several visits there with his wife, Susan.   

Photograph: Tanuki in Arashiyama © Andrew Lansdown


Untrousered Tanuki

Concerning the ceramic racoon dogs of Kyoto



Hey, tanuki,

did you model your bulges

on a sumo’s?



Your bamboo hat’s

tremendous, tanuki, but

where are your daks?



‘Have some decorum,’

a sumo tells a tanuki—

‘cover your scrotum!’



The expression

‘privates’, tanuki, is common

for good reason.



Even a flasher,

tanuki, doesn’t expose

himself forever!



Tanuki anthem—

Joe Cocker’s jaunty song, ‘You

can leave your hat on.’


…………..© Andrew Lansdown

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2 poems in Western Australian Poetry anthology

February 21st, 2017

Two of Andrew’s poems have been included in The Fremantle Press Anthology of Western Australian Poetry. As the title indicates, the anthology is published by Fremantle Press, a press that has published three collections of Andrew’s poetry–Homecoming (1979), Windfalls (1984) and The Colour of Life (in Two Poets, 2011).

The anthology has been edited by Australian poets John Kinsella and Tracy Ryan.

Andrew’s poems in the anthology are “Between Glances” and “Emergence”.

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5 poems in St Mark’s Review

February 21st, 2017

Five of Andrew’s poems have been published in a special issue of St Mark’s Review (No. 238, December 2016), which is published quarterly by St Mark’s National Theological Centre in Canberra.

The special issue, titled Poetry and the sacred, was guest-edited by Australian poet, John Foulcher.

Other poets represented in the magazine include Alex Skovron, Michelle Cahill, Robert Gray, Kevin Hart, Anne Elvey, Judith Beveridge, Mark Tredinnick, Alan Gould, Geoff Page and Bruce Dawe.

Andrew’s poems in St Mark’s Review No. 238 are “Sakura Haiku”, “Sheep”, “In Transit”, “Black Bamboo” and “Sehnsucht“.

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Andrew wins poetry prize

February 4th, 2017

Andrew has won the 2016 Melbourne Poets Union International Poetry Prize. The $1,500 prize was awarded to him for his poem “Kyoto Autumn Maples”, which is a sequence of six tanka.

In his Judge’s Report, poet John Jenkins expressed great admiration for “Kyoto Autumn Maples”. His opening comment was:

This winning poem is a model of clarity and economy, of descriptive facility and finely wrought imagery. It is about a foreigner who visits maple groves on the hillsides around Kyoto, Japan.

Competition Judge, John Jenkins

Competition Judge, John Jenkins

After offering detailed comments on each of the six tanka comprising the poem, Jenkins concluded:

Thus the maples and maple walk register a range of human senses and modes of perception, all accreting into an elegant whole; though not in an over-studied way, but with a light, almost casual hand. In spite of its exotic setting, the poem has an unforced familiarity, that of a traveller simply describing a journey, someone on holiday who is simply looking on – yet a traveller who, as it becomes increasingly obvious – also has a clear-minded ability to deeply enter and appreciate other cultures.

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2 poems in Quadrant

January 15th, 2017

The January-February 2017 issue of Quadrant contains two of Andrew’s poems: “Heron” and “Splendid”. Both poems are three-haiku gunsaku. The third haiku in “Splendid” is:


If not in colour,

at least in shape–the female

splendid blue wren.

          © Andrew Lansdown

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