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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.

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.

 

          ii

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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2 poems in Falling and Flying anthology

December 28th, 2015

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Two of Andrew’s poems have been published in the new Brandl & Schlesinger anthology, Falling and Flying: Poems on Ageing. The editors, Susan Ogle and Judith Beveridge, chose Andrew’s poems “Meditations on Pain” and “Us2” for inclusion.

On their website (http://brandl.com.au/recent-titles/falling-and-flying), the publishers state:

Falling and Flying: Poems on Ageing – is the first collection of its kind to be published in Australia.  The editors have selected a broad range of Australian poems which explore the universal experience and effects of ageing.  Whether the poets are witnessing themselves or their parents and friends succumb to the years, they speak with great precision and insight into illness, frailty, death, loss, grief and retirement as well as the joys and the wisdom that late maturity can bring.  There is humour as well as sadness in this fine and important collection, which includes the work of some of Australia’s best loved poets, a volume to be cherished by readers of any age.

Dr Susan Ogle is a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine and geriatrician at Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney and has recently completed a Masters of Medical Humanities.  Susan has been interested in medical education for many years, using literature (stories and poetry), patient and family narratives and role play.  She is co-editor of Reflection, the humanities section of the Australasian Journal on Ageing.  Her poetry has been  published in literary and medical journals.

Judith Beveridge is the author of six volumes of poetry, most recently Devadatta’s Poems and Hook and Eye.  She is the poetry editor of Meanjin and teaches poetry writing at postgraduate level at the University of Sydney.  She has won many prizes for her poetry including the Philip Hodgins Memorial Medal and the Christopher Brennan Award.  Her work has been studied in schools and universities and has been translated into several languages.

Poetry | Published November 2015

ISBN: 978-1-921556-87-6 pb

RRP: $29.95

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Poem in Valley Micropress

December 28th, 2015

The New Zealand journal, Valley Micropress, published one of Andrew’s poem in its November/December 2015 (Vol. 18, No. 10) issue. The poem, “Forgetting-Grass” (not to be confused with Andrew’s poem of the same name published in The Weekend Australian newspaper in January 2015), was first published under the title “The Forgetting-Grass Enigma” in the January-February issue of Quadrant magazine.

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Poem in The Mozzie

December 28th, 2015

The Mozzie published one of Andrew’s poems, a tanka titled “Conformity” (although the title was inexplicably missing!), in its November 2015 issue.

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Poem in Quadrant

December 28th, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andrew’s poem, “The Bamboo Dragonflies of Arashiyama”, was published in the November 2015 issue of Quadrant magazine. It can be read on the quadrant site at https://quadrant.org.au/magazine/2015/11/andrew-lansdown-bamboo-dragonflies-arashiyama/

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2 poems in Quadrant

December 28th, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two of Andrew’s poems were published in the October 2015 issue of Quadrant. Both poems — “Visiting Basho’s Grave” and “In the Gardens of the Imperial Palace” — are gunsaku (haiku sequences) and can be read on the Quadrant site at https://quadrant.org.au/magazine/2015/10/andrew-lansdown-two-poems-5/

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Andrew to read at book launch

October 22nd, 2015

Prayers of a Secular World

Andrew will read at the WA launch of the Inkerman & Blunt anthology, Prayers of a Secular World.

The Mayor of Fremantle, Brad Pettitt, will launch the book on behalf of the publishers on Saturday, 24th October, at 4.00 pm, in the Back room of the Bar Orient Hotel, 39 High St Fremantle.

Andrew is represented in the anthology with the poem, “Forgetting”, and this is the poem he will read at the launch.

Everyone is welcome!

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Poem in anthology, Prayers of a Secular World

October 17th, 2015

Andrew is one of the poets represented in the latest anthology by publishers Inkerman & Blunt.

Prayers of a Secular World is edited by Jordie Albiston and Kevin Brophy and contains 100 poems by new and established Australian poets.

Andrew’s poem in the anthology is “Forgetting”. It was published earlier in the year by The Weekend Australian Review with the title “Forgetting-Grass”. (For the text of the poem, see the 5th January 2015 entry, “Poem in Weekend Australian Review”, on the home page of this website.)

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6 poems in FreeXpresSion

October 17th, 2015

 

Six of Andrew’s poems have been published in the October 2015 issue of FreeXpresSion magazine. The poems have been reprinted from Andrew’s books, Gestures of Love: The Fatherhood Poems (Wombat Books, 2013) and Inadvertent Things: Poems in traditional Japanese forms (Walleah Press, 2013).

One of the poems taken from Gestures of Love is “The Tanka of the Imperial Courts”, a love poem for the poet’s wife, Susan. An earlier version of this poem was published in Andrew’s book Waking and Always (Angus & Robertson Publishers, 1987). Andrew rewrote “The Tanka of the Imperial Courts” for the second edition of Waking and Always, published by Picaro Press (Warners Bay, NSW) in 2008. Whereas the original poem was written in free verse, the revised poem is written in four tanka-stanzas, which is to say, each stanza is structured like a tanka, with 31 syllables arranged in lines of 5, 7, 5, 7, 7 syllables. While the integrity of the original poem has been preserved, it has been refined and intensified by this revising and restructuring. The new version of the poem, most recently published in FreeXpresSion, is reprinted below:

 

The Tanka of the Imperial Courts

 

The ancient tanka

of Japan are quite imbued

with love and longing.

And reading them at tea break

filled me with yearning for you.

 

Through the weariness

of the day’s working I thought

of my years with you,

the many swift flowing years

of our courtship and marriage.

 

Remember, my love,

after our first lovemaking,

the swallows winging

about us as we swam down

the slow dark river at dusk?

 

In celebration

of our honeymoon—hundreds

of welcome swallows

skimming the water, kissing

their reflection as they drank!

                    © Andrew Lansdown

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Poem in the Canberra Times

October 17th, 2015

The Canberra Times newspaper published Andrew’s poem “Notch” on 15th August 2015.

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Recent activites

October 15th, 2015

 

On 31st August Andrew addressed the Retired Teachers’ Association. He spoke about his writing generally and read from his children’s poetry collection, Allsorts.

In September he co-judged the Spoken Worship Brisbane Poetry Competition, the winners of which were announced at a ceremony on 10th October at the Anglican Cathedral, Brisbane.

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