Vincent Buckley Poetry Prize

2018 Vincent Buckley Poetry Prize

Joel Deane is the 2018 winner.

Joel Deane's poetry gives us striking and perceptive images of the world he moves through: actual local places like Melbourne's Westgate bridge to distant locations he either visits or imagines and recreates. He charts his experiences with a vivid precision, dissecting his thoughts in ways that pay delirious tribute to the many possibilities of the poetic form. "Year of the Wasp'"(2016) is partly a chronicle of Deane's recovery after a stroke. The loss of language here becomes mythological, and is regained with an acute and critical awareness of the everyday world.

Deane's poetry can turn to political matters on the one hand, while burrowing into the most intimately fraught experiences on the other: the lonely nocturnal killing of a fox, for example. But these glimpsed moments of cruelty and suffering sit alongside a series of touching insights into human love and warmth and the celebration of a human capacity to survive and endure: 'we love this life we are leaving', he writes, 'and are unafraid of the next'. The sheer vitality of Joel Deane's poetry will no doubt invite an energetic and creative engagement with Irish poets and place through the Vincent Buckley Poetry Prize.

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Commended

  • Diane Fahey
  • Simon West

Judges

  • Dr Linda Weste, Poet and Lecturer, Creative Writing Program
  • Professor Peter Otto, Acting Head of School of Culture and Communication
  • Professor Ken Gelder, Co-director of the Australian Centre, The University of Melbourne

2016 Vincent Buckley Poetry Prize

James Harpur is the 2016 winner.

James Harpur is an accomplished poet with a compelling narrative voice and unpretentious style. His forthcoming book  'In Loco Parentis' chronicles family and institutional life in poetry that is alive to characters and the ways they can affect each other.

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Judges

  • Professor Kevin Brophy - Culture and Communication, The University of Melbourne - Poet
  • Professor Ken Gelder - Co-director of the Australian Centre, The University of Melbourne - Professor of English
  • Professor Denise Varney - Co-director of the Australian Centre, The University of Melbourne - Professor, Theatre Studies

2014 Vincent Buckley Poetry Prize

Dan Disney is the 2014 winner.

This was not an easy decision, but the judges finally awarded the prize to an emerging Australian poet whose work is sophisticated, fresh, and at times precisely located in the towns of his birthplace in Eastern Victoria. Dan Disney's beautifully produced book, and then when the (John Leonard Press, 2011) provides the basis for a reading tour of Ireland that will showcase a poetry of wit, verve and serious philosophical inquiry.

Judges

  • Professor Kevin Brophy - Culture and Communication, The University of Melbourne - Head of Creative Writing - Poet
  • Professor Ken Gelder - co-Director of the Australian Centre, The University of Melbourne - Professor of English
  • Associate Professor Denise Varney - co-Director of the Australian Centre, The University of Melbourne - Associate Professor, Theatre Studies

2012 Vincent Buckley Poetry Prize

Miriam Gamble was awarded.

The panel of judges considered her work was forthright, energetic and technically skilled. There is both darkness and a weird humour to her poetry.

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Commended

  • James Harpur

Judges

  • Chair: Professor Kevin Brophy - Culture and Communication, The University of Melbourne - Head of Creative Writing
  • Jane Crawley - Manager Arts and Culture, City of Melbourne
  • Dr Bronwyn Lea - Senior Lecturer in Writing, University of Queensland