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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 ninety anthologies. His published books include ten collections of poetry, two collections of children's poetry, two collections of short stories and three novels.

This website offers: (1) information about Andrew's books; (2) sample poems, stories, and chapters from his books; (3) published reviews of his books; (4) literary essays and reviews written by Andrew; (5) a special page for children; (6) over thirty pages of favourite poems by other poets; (7) an opportunity to buy Andrew's books using PayPal ... and more.

Please, browse and enjoy!

Poem in The Canberra Times

November 9th, 2016

Andrew’s poem “Incidentals”, a 4-haiku gunsaku set in Kyoto, was published by the Canberra Times, in the weekend Panorama magazine, on 27 August 2016. The last haiku in the set is:

 

Blocking a water

trickle—a little levee

of cherry petals. 

            © Andrew Lansdown

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Poem in The Mozzie

November 8th, 2016

The August 2016 issue of The Mozzie (Vol. 24, Issue 6) contains one of Andrew’s poems – a gunsaku consisting of four haiku under the heading, “Petals Scattering”.

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Judge’s Report – Poetica Christi Press 2016 Annual Poetry Competition

November 3rd, 2016

Earlier this year Andrew was invited by Poetica Christi Press to judge the press’s annual poetry completion. Andrew completed the judging in early October. His judge’s report contains some helpful observations about the art of poetry writing and is reproduced on this website below:

 

Poetica Christi Press

 

2016 Annual Poetry Competition

 

Judge’s Report

 

by Andrew Lansdown 

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I was honoured to be entrusted with the task of judging the Poetica Christi Press 2016 Annual Poetry Competition. There was an excellent response to the Competition, with 190 poems entered. 

 

While the quality of the entries was uneven, many fine poems were submitted. The poems were wide-ranging in subject and theme, touching on family relationships, the natural world, international terrorism, biblical characters, and personal experiences. There were love poems and nature poems, laments and narratives, dramatic monologues and personal lyrics. While the majority of the poems were free form, many included rhyme, and some included regular rhyming couplets or quatrains. It was pleasing to see poets experimenting with some traditional European and Japanese forms: sonnets, villanelles, rondeaux and haiku. While these experiments were not always successful, the poets are to be commended for their endeavours to understand and master the poetic craft. 

 

It was also pleasing to note that most of the poems were cogent and accessible. There were very few poems that were confused or, worse, deliberately ambiguous. 

 

I noticed that two flaws kept recurring and it may be helpful to mention these.

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CLICK HERE TO READ THE REST OF THE REPORT

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7 poems in Quadrant

August 31st, 2016

Seven of Andrew’s poems have been published in the September 2016 issue of Quadrant. The poems are: “Thinking of You”, “The Festooned Pine”, “Omikuji Blossom”, “Pact”, “Travelling”, “Winter, Wisconsin” and “A Little Herd”.

“The Festooned Pine” also appears in Andrew’s latest book, Kyoto Sakura Tanka, which is composed of poems (tanka) and photographs of Kyoto in the cherry blossom (sakura) season. “The Festooned Pine” is reproduced below, with the photograph that accompanies it in the book:

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The Festooned Pine

 

At a Shinto shrine,

white paper slips, omikuji,

knotted to a pine—

sacred ballots of the kami,

forming a strange origami.

 

        © Andrew Lansdown

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Reading, tutoring & judging at Words in the Valley Festival

July 25th, 2016

Andrew will be heavily involved in the Words in the Valley Readers and Writers Festival in Bridgetown on the weekend of 30-31 July.

On Saturday 30 July, he will run a poetry workshop and give an author talk. On Sunday 31 July, he we announce the winners of  the Blake in the Blackwood Poetry Prize and give a poetry reading.

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Festival details from the Proximity WA website:

Bridgetown – Words in the Valley Festival

Saturday 30th July, 2016 @ 9:00am to Sunday 31st July, 2016 @ 5:00pm

Bridgetown Regional Library will be hosting a Words in the Valley Readers and Writers Festival, which will incorporate the inaugural Blake in the Blackwood Poetry Prize. Prose and poetry workshops will be $25 each and there will be an author talk with Andrew Lansdown (gold coin donation) at Bridgetown Regional Library. Payments can be made at the door and registrations begin at 8.30am

For further information, please contact Kathy Matthews at Bridgetown Regional Library (08) 9761 2503 or Sarah Evans (08) 9761 2156.

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Andrew judges Blake in the Blackwood Poetry Prize

July 25th, 2016

Andrew was invited earlier this year to judge the Blake in the Blackwood Poetry Prize. He will announce the prize winners at the Words in the Valley Readers and Writers Festival in Bridgetown on the weekend of 30-31 July.

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Poem in Little Book of Australian Orchids

June 16th, 2016

Andrew’s poem, “The Spider Orchids”, has been published in Little Book of Australian Orchids, published by the National Library of Australia. In addition to poems by various poets, the beautifully produced book contains colour illustrations of Australian orchids painted by various artists in the 1800s and early 1900s.

“The Spider Orchids” was first published in Andrew’s award-winning collection, Between Glances, published by William Heinemann Australia in 1993.

Andrew has had poems published in five of the National Library of Australia’s Little Book series. The other collections that include his poems are Little Book of Cats, Little Book of Butterflies, Little Book of Trees, and Little Book of Banksias.

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3 poems in The Mozzie

June 16th, 2016

The May 2016 issue of The Mozzie (Vol. 24, Issue 3) contains three of Andrew’s poems: “Dip”, “Blossoming Cherry, Kyoto” and “Notch”.

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New book combines poetry & photography

May 29th, 2016

Rhiza Press has published a hardback book of Andrew’s poetry and photography titled Kyoto Sakura Tanka.

The setting for the collection is Kyoto city and the Kansai region of Japan. The season is spring, when the cherry blossoms (sakura) bloom. The 105 poems are modelled on an ancient form of Japanese poetry known as tanka, which is structured in 5 lines and 31 syllables (5, 7, 5, 7, 7 syllables per line). The 93 photographs are full colour and depict fascinating scenes and details of Japan’s ancient capital.

Kyoto Sakura Tanka is available postfree at a discount price of $25 from this website. Click here to buy a copy to keep … and another to give away!

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New poetry chapbook by Andrew

May 26th, 2016

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A small collection of Andrew’s poetry has been published by Life Ministries. The God of the Glimpses is a pocket-size chapbook consisting of 32 pages and 19 poems. The poems are a series of dramatic monologues–written in the voice of various characters–exploring the life of the Old Testament prophet Elijah.

Read more about the chapbook, including a sample poem, here.

The God of the Glimpses can be purchased for just $5.95 (postage included) from the BUY BOOKS page of this website.

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2 poems in Quadrant

May 3rd, 2016

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The May 2016 issue of Quadrant magazine contains two of Andrew’s poems–“Café Senryu” (which is a three-senryu set) and “Pond Tanka” (which is a two-tanka set). “Café Senryu” is reproduced below:

 

Cafe Senryu

 

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Upmarket café—

looks like I’m the only one

without a gym pass.

 

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At the next table

two well-manicured women

whining and dining.

 

          iii

For a bigger buzz

the mating flies plunge into

my cappuccino!

 

            © Andrew Lansdown

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2 poems in Quadrant

April 29th, 2016

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Quadrant published two of Andrew’s poems–“The Pleasure” and “Dip”–in its April 2016 issue. “The Pleasure” is reprinted below:

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The Pleasure

 

It is my pleasure,

the pleasure

 

I give to the chooks

as I toss the scraps

 

and watch the scrapes

and scraps erupt

 

between them as

with clucks and pecks

 

and quick scratchings

and wild flappings

 

they wolf down

without snivelling

 

the sops from our tea.

 

            © Andrew Lansdown

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Poem in The Mozzie

April 29th, 2016

The February 2016 issue of The Mozzie contains one of Andrew’s poems: “Jizo Stones by the Three-Storeyed Pagoda”.

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Amazon review of Far from Home

March 19th, 2016

 

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Andrew’s poetry collection, Far from Home, can be purchased from Amazon.com (USA). (For American readers, postage is cheaper through Amazon. Australian readers can save on postage by purchasing the book through this website.)

The Amazon website contains a positive review of Far from Home, which can be read here:

http://www.amazon.com/Far-Home-Poems-Faith-Gladness/dp/192163314X/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1458363584&sr=1-4&keywords=andrew+lansdown

And also here:

http://andrewlansdown.com/poetry/poetry-collections/far-from-home/

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6 poems and a review in Studio

January 16th, 2016

 

 

Studio magazine has published six of Andrew’s poems in its latest issue–Number 136, 2015. The poems are: “Parting Petals”, “Forgetting”, “Missing”, “Water for Worship”, “Nijo Castle, Kyoto” and “Temple Stone Basin”.

This issue of Studio also contains the speech Andrew gave at the launch of Shane McCauley’s book, Trickster, on 6 June 2015. The launching speech can be read on Andrew’s website, here.

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