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Out of print
Poetry by individual poets
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216 x 140mm



‘Soap opera, Country & Western and popular culture in all respects are combined with Renaissance wit, heartbreak and a wicked sense of humour – Lilley’s poems abound in warmth and intelligence, drawing the reader into a world that is seriously felt, both in terms of its tactility and the emotional vicissitudes within this wonderful first collection.’

Praise for this Book

‘Kate Lilley’s wonderful Versary is a treasury of sentences, a cabinet of their variety and a practice of their power: from “Never let the sun go down” to “Can modernism get any later?”; from “We had a little fuss today/ over a bunch of gowns” to “The two halves of a face should stay together.” There is no resource of poetry that Versary doesn’t make a new use of, in a renewed attempt to wring from it all that can be wrung: “Everything means more than enough”, “The debt cannot be cancelled by any means.”’ —Mary Baine Campbell

Reviews of this Book

‘What Kate Lilley gives us is the richness and vigour of the English Renaissance in the service of a complex set of postmodern concerns; scholarship as a handmaiden to art; and literature galvanised by passion. What we get is an alert, sharp-edged contemporary poetry, electric with allusion and irony, compulsively readable.’ —John Tranter, Jacket Magazine

‘Few things more exhilarating than ace work like Kate Lilley’s’ —Susan Wheeler, Poetryetc

‘Lilley’s intelligence, scrupulousness and humour are apparent in every line of this book.’ —Gig Ryan, The Age