Judy Johnson has been writing poetry for twenty years and has five collections of poetry: Wing Corrections, Nomadic, Navigation, Stone Scar Air Water, Exhibit and a verse novel, Jack. Her book prizes include the 2007 Victorian Premier’s Award for poetry and the Wesley Michel Wright Prize, twice. Individual poems have won many awards including the Josephine Ulrick, Val Vallis, Patricia Hackett, Bruce Dawe, Tom Collins and Banjo Paterson prizes. In 2011 she was awarded a month’s long residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Ireland.
Exhibit by Judy Johnson
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In these poems the external world is used as a mirror for the internal, emotional landscape. By weaving together these inner and outer threads, thereby making new connections, Johnson redefines the familiar so that it becomes once again strange and convincing. Short, sharp pieces drawn from abiding concerns with family, death and love contrast with longer poems which are historical narratives addressing issues of lasting ethical significance.
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‘This is a poetry both worldly and refined.’ Judith Beveridge
‘Johnson explores the complex interplay between the external world and the inexpressible, often intolerable inner world we carry with us.’ Peter Boyle.
‘Johnson’s poetic voice has an exacting edge to it, demanding our attention, inciting unease. The cool polish of the surface tension, the glint of something barbarous rising from the depths.’ Jennifer Compton
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