Rendition for Harp and Kalashnikov (Puncher & Wattmann, 2017) – Dr Amanda Johnson
These satirical poems reflect with tenderness, anger and irony on the ways humans chronicle, construct and war upon their natural environments. In anti-pastoral, anti-war poems, human beings appear tragically marginalised, lost or held too close. Cautionary ecocritical threnodies sit adjacent to personal elegies and historically themed, free-verse political poems to suggest a world awash with interlinked maladies, as if to say that human beings must recalibrate love, death, survival and history as matters of urgency. The dead are mourned, but death itself is de-reverenced, shown as capable of its own ironies and clever tricks. This collection was shortlisted for the 2018 Melbourne Prize for Literature Best New Writing award.