A. E. Houseman memorably said: I could no more define poetry than a terrier can define a rat. It’s not an easy matter to justify one’s decisions when faced with numerous poems from which to make a limited selection. There’s no programmatic guide to what makes a poem successful although the impact of a good poem is something we all know and recognise. Generally it has something to do with registering a sense of shock – it might be the shock of the new, unexpected or strange, or it might be the shock of the familiar – it can take one off guard to be confronted by what one knows but didn’t know one knew. And what creates the shock?
(Sarah Day, ‘State Editor’s Introduction’ to ‘States of Poetry Tasmania – Series Two’; more at Australian Book Review) – and featuring poetry by Anne Kellas, Gina Mercer, James Charlton, Jim Everett-puralia meenamatta, Ben Walter and Christiane Conésa-Bostock.